ARISTOPHANES (c.450 - c.385 B.C.). Comoediae novem, in Greek. With the Scholia. Edited by Marcus Musurus (c. 1470-1517). Venice: Aldus Manutius, 15 July 1498.
ARISTOPHANES (c.450 - c.385 B.C.). Comoediae novem, in Greek. With the Scholia. Edited by Marcus Musurus (c. 1470-1517). Venice: Aldus Manutius, 15 July 1498.

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ARISTOPHANES (c.450 - c.385 B.C.). Comoediae novem, in Greek. With the Scholia. Edited by Marcus Musurus (c. 1470-1517). Venice: Aldus Manutius, 15 July 1498.

Super-chancery 2° (312 x 207mm). Collation: [1]8 (1r title in Greek and Latin with list of plays, 1v-8v preliminary texts including letters by Aldus and Musurus, and a life of the author); \ka\K-\kg\K8 \kd\K10 (Plutus, \kd\K10v blank); \ke\K-\kk\K8 (Nebulae, \kk\K7v-8 blank); \kl\K-\kx\K8 o10 (Ranae); \kp\K-\ku\K8 \kf\K6 (Equites); \kc\K-\kv\K \kA\K8 (Acharnes); \kB\K-\kE\K8 Z6 (Vespae, Z6v blank); H-\kL\K8 \kM\K4 (Aves); \kN\K-\kO\K8 \kP\K10 (Pax); \kR\K-\kS\K8 \kT\K6 (Contionantes, \kT\K4v-5r sheet register, \kT\K5v quire register, colophon, T6 blank). 346 (of 348) leaves (without blanks \Kk\k8 and T6). 41-42 lines of commentary surround. Types: 1:146Gk, 7:114Gk, 2:114R. Woodcut floral and interlaced headpieces and initials, 3-line initial spaces with guide-letters. (Repaired minor wormtrack at gutter in 2 quires, last quire reinforced at hinge, last page with mild dust-soiling.) 19th-century vellum mottled in brown and burgundy, gilt spine with two leather labels, mottled edges, ?17th-century quire numbering at upper hinge. Provenance: contemporary annotations in Greek -- Sir Thomas Phillipps, Middle Hill library (1792-1872; Middle Hill pencilled shelfmark, in the library by 1819; Phillipps's sale, Sotheby's, 28 November 1977, lot 5172) -- Walter Hirst (bookplate).

THE PHILLIPPS COPY OF THE EDITIO PRINCEPS of nine of Aristophanes' eleven extant comedies. Aldus had intended to include a tenth play, Lysistrata, but was unable to find a manuscript containing the complete text. In his dedicatory letter to Daniele Clario, professor of Greek and Latin at Ragusia, Dalmatia, he stresses the importance of Greek philosophy, medical writing and mathematics, and the impossibility of relying on corrupt Latin texts of Aristotle, Galen and Euclid. Aldus also relates to Clario that Theodore Gaza, on being asked which Greek authors it would be most profitable for learners to read, answered: "only Aristophanes". HC *1656; BMC V, 559 (IB. 24467-70); GW 2333; IGI 790; BSB-Ink A-673; Bod-inc A-383; CIBN A-503; Flodr 18:1; Renouard Alde 16:3; Essling 1163; Goff A-958.

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