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HOMER, Hesiod, and others.

Poetae graeci principes heroici carminis, & alii nonnulli.

Geneva: Henri Estienne, for Ulrich Fugger, 1566 Stock Code: 105969
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Estienne's typographic masterpiece, with the arms of le comte de Brienne

First edition. "This is unquestionably Estienne's typographic masterpiece" (Schreiber). Estienne's edition of the Greek epic poets based on the collation of the ancient scholia and variants of all available manuscripts "created the basis of the modern vulgate of Homer" (Silver, Ronsard and the Hellenic Renaissance in France). The collection devotes much of its space to the work of Homer, but also includes the work of Hesiod, Theocritus, Callimachus, Aratus of Soli, Dionysius of Halicarnassus, and others. From the celebrated library of Louis Henri de Loménie (1635-1698), comte de Brienne, with his gilt arms on the covers. After his death his collection was dispersed by his son and sold by the London bookseller James Woodman in 1724.

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2 volumes in one, folio (360 x 230 mm), complete with all three blanks 2c6, 3Z4 and terminal 3T4. Contemporary calf, spine gilt in compartments with monograms at centre, raised bands, sides framed in gilt with the gilt arms of Louis Henri de Loménie, comte de Brienne, stamped at centre, marbled paper pastedowns.


Printer's device on title page, woodcut initials, with printed shoulder notes, ruled in red throughout. Some misbinding: the pagination is usually pp. 20, lxxii, 781 [1], lvii, 489; in this copy the prelims to the second volume are bound in immediately af


Ownership inscription of A. Hartnoll dated 1869 at head of title. Spine skilfully restored at head and tail and at joints, front free endpaper renewed, the gilt worn in places, contents generally evenly toned, red rules somewhat faded, a very good copy of a handsome volume.


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