Rare Books

Rare books from 1450-1799 A.D.

Have an older book or manuscript in this date range that you would like to sell on consignment or by direct purchase? Please contact Morgan at 530-354-4440.

You must be able to establish provenance, please.

Pindar, Sappho, et al. Carminum poetarum nouem, lyricae poese[ō]s principu[m], fragmenta : Alcaei, Anacreontis, Sapphus, Bacchylidis, Stesichori, Simonidis, Ibyci, Alcmanis, Pindari, nonnulla etiam aliorum : cum Latina interpretatione, partim solata oratione, partim carmine. [Geneva]: Henri Estienne, 1560.

[Greek Lyric Poets, translated into Latin]. 1560 printing. Hand bound. Henri, Stephanus, Fuggeri. Parallel translation in Greek & Latin.

16mo (125 x 60 mm), 576 pp. Greek and Latin on opposite pages; Estienne device [Schreiber 9] on title-pages. Early binding/rebinding in mottled calf with raised bands.

First Estienne edition the Greek lyric poets, accompanied by a Latin translation. Estienne’s text was extremely influential and established itself as the major edition in the sixteenth century; its text was reprinted constantly by the Geneva branch of the Estienne Press (1566, 1586, 1599, 1600, 1612, 1626), and by Plantin in Antwerp (1567).

The second part (here bound first) consists of the extant poems of eight other Greek lyric poets: Alcaeus, Sappho, Stesichorus, Ibycus, Anacreon (whose lyrics had been discovered and first printed by Henri Estienne 6 years previously), Bacchylides, Simonides, and Alcman.

Shows Society of Jesuits stamp. Volume II, Greek Lyric Poets, only available here.

References: Renouard 118: 2; Hoffmann III, 97; Adams P-1227.

Many thanks to Dr. Fred Schreiber for catalog description.




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