Book Description

Editio princeps. Large folio, pp. [20], 865, [1], lacking final blank. With half-title, title page in red and black, engraved printer’s device to title, double column in Greek and Latin. Half-title, title and a handful of other leaves slightly foxed, occasional toning. Contemporary Dutch vellum, traces of ties, gilt ruled to a panel design, gilt centrepieces with arms of Amsterdam, small gilt arms of Amsterdam to corners, raised bands, small gilt arms of Amsterdam to spine, title inked to spine, modern shelfmark label to upper cover. Corners a bit bumped. Modern stamp of Maastricht library to ffep.
Dealer Notes
A sumptuously bound, large folio prize book - a clean and well-margined copy. The first collected printing of the letters of Libanius, the 4th-century AD rhetorician. More than 1500 of his letters survive, the largest extant collection from antiquity, and only brief selections had been previously edited. Wolf's magisterial volume not only prints as many as were known but also includes Latin translations for each letter; Smith called it 'the best edition' (Dict. Gr. & Rom. Bio.), and it is still cited in modern editions.
Author Libanius: (Wolfius, J.C., ed.:)
Date 1738
Publisher Amstelaedami [Amsterdam]: Apud Janssonio-Waesbergios.

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