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Lot 38: Aristides. Orationes, [Florence], [Philip Giunto], 1517.

Important Books, Western Manuscripts and Works on Paper: Day One

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15 November 2016

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Description: Aristeides (Publius Aelius) Λόγοι Ἀριστείδου. Orationes, collation: a-z8, 183, [1]ff., Greek, roman and gothic type, large Giunta device on verso of final leaf, initial spaces with guide-letters,single wormhole in upper blank margin of last few leaves, Macclesfield copy with book-plate of the North Library (dated 1860) on front pastedown and blindstamp on first and two final leaves, late 17th-century gilt-tooled red morocco, covers framed by double fillet and dog's tooth wreath, floral tool at corners, spine with five raised bands, gilt title on brown morocco lettering-piece in second compartment, the remainder decorated with small floral and à berceau tools, marbled pastedowns and endpapers, gilt board-edges, gilt edges, corners and joints lightly rubbed, head of spine torn, folio (280 x 179mm.), Florence, Filippo Giunta, 20 May 1517. ⁂ Editio princeps of Aristides's orations. Born in Hadrianopolis, Aristides was one of the most prominent orators of the Second Sophistic. The fifty-three Λόγοι include the famous Ἱεροὶ λόγοι (Sacred Tales) in which Aristides reports his religious experiences in the temple of Asclepius at Pergamum, offering an important account of the Greek ritual of 'incubation' - the practice of intentional sleeping in the Asclepeion's temple and praying for a divine dream, seeing the healing god in a dream, waking up and walking out, healed. The text was edited by the philologist Eufrosino Bonini, former pupil of Angelo Poliziano, probably on the basis of a codex bought in Greece by Francesco Filelfo, and presently in the Biblioteca Laurenziana (Laur.gr. 60,8). Literature: Adams A1702; STC Italian, 42; Camerini Firenze, 101; Renouard Alde, xli.95; Pettas, Giunti, 206; Haskell Norman, 68; Hoffmann i, pp. 246-247; C.A. Behr, Aelius Aristides and the Sacred Tales, Amsterdam 1968; Id., Studies on the Biography of Aelius Aristides in Aufstieg und Niedergang der römischen Welt, 2.34.2, Berlin 1994, pp. 1140-1233; J. Walker, Rhetoric and Poetics in Antiquity, New York-Oxford 2000, pp. 111-113; L. Quattrocelli, Ricerche sulla tradizione manoscritta di Elio Aristide: per una nuova datazione del Laur. 60, 8, "Scriptorium", 60 (2006), pp. 206-226; Ead., Aelius Aristides' Reception at Byzanthium, in Aelius Aristides between Greece, Rome, and the Gods, ed. W.V. Harris-B. Holmes, Leiden 2008, pp. 279-293.

Notes: Category: Literature, Manuscripts and History

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