Lot 14: Antologia Planudea. Anthologia diaforon epigrammaton palaion, eis epta Biblia dieremene... [Genève]: Excudebat Henricus Stephanus, illustris viri Huldrichi Fuggeri typographus, 1566

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Description: Antologia Planudea. Anthologia diaforon epigrammaton palaion, eis epta Biblia dieremene. Florilegium diversorum epigrammaton veterum, in septem libros divisum. [Genève]: Excudebat Henricus Stephanus, illustris viri Huldrichi Fuggeri typographus, 1566. In-4° (mm 245x155). Pagine [4], 539, [35]. Lievi fioriture e bruniture. Legatura ottocentesca in mezza pelle con punte, piatti rivestiti in carta marmorizzata. Note di mano coeva alle carte, quasi interamente sbiadite; alla carta di guardia anteriore nota di possesso 'Charles Balston' datata 1837; al contropiatto anteriore e al frontespizio timbri in inchiostro 'Bibliotheca Puseiana Oxon.'. Prima importante edizione di Estienne dell'Antologia Planudea. "Henry Estiennes important edition of the Greek Anthology. provided a much better text than any of its predecessors. The volume contains 15 pages of annotations by Estienne, who, in the course of theses, gives a latin translation of one epigram and than provides 50 different alternate versions of the last distich, a poetic tour des force" (Schreiber). 4° (245x155 mm). [4], 539, [35] pages. Light foxing and browning. Nineteenth-century half-leather, marbled paper on the covers. Contemporary notes on the leaves, almost entirely faded; on the front flyleaf ownership inscription 'Charles Balston' dated 1837; on the front pastedown and on title page inked stamps 'Bibliotheca Puseiana Oxon.'. First important edition by Estienne of the Antologia Planudea. "Henry Estiennes important edition of the Greek Anthology. provided a much better text than any of its predecessors. The volume contains 15 pages of annotations by Estienne, who, in the course of theses, gives a latin translation of one epigram and than provides 50 different alternate versions of the last distich, a poetic tour des force" (Schreiber).
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