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XENOPHON.

Omnia quae extant operis.

[Venice, Heirs of Aldus Manutius and Andrea Torresano, 1525] Stock Code: 133029
£12,500.00

The Aldine Xenophon

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The first complete Aldine edition of Xenophon. The edition marks the first printing of Xenophon's De Atheniensium re publica and De vectigalibus, alongside the Hellenica (which the Aldine press had published in October 1503) and the Agesilao, which had previously been erroneously attributed to Plutarch. The text was edited by Gian Francesco d'Asola, son of Aldus' father-in-law, Andrea Torresano; in his preface the editor makes disparaging comments about the Giunta edition of 1516, showing the rivalry between the two great Venetian printing houses, although this edition was clearly superior.
Provenance: from the library of St Maria Incoronata, Padua (ownership inscription "Biblioth. Collegij S. Mariae Coronatae Papiensis", and old small stamp on title).

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Description

Folio (306 x 209 mm). 17th-century sprinkled calf, spine lettered and tooled in gilt, red speckled edges.

Illustrations

Woodcut Aldine device on title and on verso of final leaf.

Condition

Complete with blank leaves L8 and a1. Some early annotations in margins in Greek. Spine ends and head of front joint repaired with new calf, very minor insect damage to rear cover, a few instances of light finger-soiling yet contents generally clean and crisp. A very good copy.

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