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The First English Edition of the Greek text of Pindar

Opera. Pindar-Πίνδαρος. Opera. ΠΙΝΔΑΡΟΥ ΟΛΥΜΠΙΑ ΝΕΜΕΑ ΠΥΘΙΑ ΙΣΘΜΙΑ. Pindari Olympia, Nemea, Pythia, Isthmia. Una cum Latina omnium Versione Carmine Lyrico per Nicolaum Sudorium. Oxonii- Oxford E Theatro Sheldoniano 1697
Portrait, [17], pp497 (56,59-487) [42] [4] pp77 [1] Folio.
The first English edition of the Greek text edited by Richard West & Robert Welsted, fellows of Magdalen College.

Engraved portrait of Pindar by M. Burghers. facing the Title page. Dedication to the Marquess of Tavistock signed by the editors. Preface. Life of Pindar in Latin by Thomas Magister. Chronology of the Olympiads composed by the Bishop of Litchfield. Passages from various Greek Classical authors on Pindar including a fragment from Phlegon Trallianos Περί του Ολυμπιον, and notes from Suidas

Parallel Greek and Latin text, with a Latin prose paraphrase, Latin notes and scholia in Greek printed below.
After the Index is the Latin verse translation by Nicolas Le Sueur (1545-1594) Pindari Opera Omnia viz Olympia. Pythis, Nemea,& Isthmia . Latino carmine reditt per Nicolaum Sudorium in curia Parisiensis Inquisitionum Præsidem

Dibdin calls it "a beautiful and celebrated edition... on the whole, we must allow that the editors of this magnificent work have taken infinite pains to bring together every thing which could illustrate and improve the reading of the poet".
The editors compared the Mss held by the Bodleian with that of the Biblioteca Palatina. Engraved portrait of Pindar and large title page vignette by M. Burghers. Folio. full calf; gilt spine with 6 raised bands; corners slightly bumped; ex- libris to front pastedown.
Main body of text bright, crisp and clean
Prelims [ to end of table of Olympiads] and second part : Latin translation of Nicolas Le Sueur printed on slightly poorer quality paper and thus somewhat toned.
Graesse 5 p295; Brunet 4 p659; Dibdin II 289. 323 by 210mm (12¾ by 8¼ inches).    €2000
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The Editio Princeps of the First Five Books of Polybius.

Polybius; Vincentius Opsopoeus; Niccolò Perotti. ΠΟΛΥΒΙΟΥ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΠΟΛΙΤ ΟΥ ΙΣΤΟΡΙΩΝ ΒΙ ΒΛΙΑΕ.Historiarum libri quinq[ue]. ΠΟΛΥΒΙΟΥ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΠΟΛΙΤ ΟΥ ΙΣΤΟΡΙΩΝ ΒΙ ΒΛΙΑΕ
Historiarum libri quinq , opera Vincentiii Obsopoei in lucem editi. Iidem Latini Nicolao Perotto Episcopo Sipontino Interprete.
Haganoae Iohannem Secerium March 1530
[4], 106 Bl ; 142. 2°
Woodcut initials and headpieces. Titles preceded by vine-ornament Text in Greek and Latin; each part separately foliated.
Editio princeps of the first 5 books, the only fully preserved portion of Polybius's history of the rise of the Roman empire from 220 to 146 B.C.; books 6-40 survive in fragmentary form.
The revival of interest in the study of Polybius was due to Pope Nicholas V (1447-1455), the founder of the Vatican Library. Soon after his election he seems to have urged Cardinal Perotti to undertake a Latin translation of the five books then known to exist.
On the 3d of January 1454 the Pope writes again to Perotti thanking him for the third book; and in a letter to Torelli, dated 13th November 1453, Perotti says that he had finished his translation of Polybius in the preceding September. This translation was first printed in 1473. The Greek text was not printed till this edition in 1530, the first five books in Greek, along with Perotti's translation. Dedicatory epistle by Vincentii Obsopaei to George, Marquess of Brandenburg, dated October 1529.

Johannes Secerium took over the publishing house of his father in law Thomas Anshelm in 1523, the company continued until 1534.

The inscription on the title page refers to the translation of Pompilius Amasaeus Dediversis rerum publicarum formis deque Romanae praestantia of the fragments from book VI (VI3-18 and VI43- 58). Contemporary limp vellum, lacking ties. Soiling to front free endpaper
Ink inscription to first free end paper and title. old ink under linings and annotations to margins of first 25 pages including drawing of the bow of a ship lower margin p5 and battle plan in lower margin p7.
Further annotations in Greek to first pages of Latin translation.
Light dampstain to Perotti's Latin translation.
Adams P-1801,Hoffmann III, 265; Sarton I, 188. 290 by 185mm (11½ by 7¼ inches).    €4500
Stock No. 2903 - Classical Authors full description

Themistius' Orations.

ΘΕΜΙΣΤΤΙΟΥ ΕΥΦΡΑΔΟΥΣ ΛΟΓΟΙ ΙΘ: Themistius ΘΕΜΙΣΤΤΙΟΥ ΕΥΦΡΑΔΟΥΣ ΛΟΓΟΙ ΙΘ: Themistii Cognomento suade Orationes XIX Græce ac Latinè coninunctium editae Dionysius Petavius... Parisensis Apud MICHAELEM Sonnium, via Jacobæa, sun scuto Basilensis, 1618
4to.[24] pp729 (730) [14]. Greek and Latin text. Calf, rebacked ; boards worn.
Edition of Themistius publishing 19 of the Orationswith the translation and scholia of Petavius [ editor of the second edition Synesius 1633]. Recased with new spine, retaining original calf to boards. 4 raised bands.
Numerous handwritten notes by Geoffrey Barrow inserted at front also xerox of french text on Themistius [notes &c attached to front free end paper].
Library stamp to front free endpaper, title & 2 pages of the dedication, and to verso of last page.
Title soiled; some toning throughout.
Brunet:5,777; Graesse:6,112. 230 by 185mm (9 by 7¼ inches).    €1250
Stock No. 2996 - Classical Authors full description

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