14 November 2007
EURIPIDES (c. 484-406 B.C.) Tragoedia septendecim, in Greek. Venice: Aldus Manutius, February 1503.
2 volumes, Aldine 8° (160 x 100mm). Woodcut Aldine device on the last leaf of both volumes. (A few small marginal repairs, occasional light and mostly marginal dampstain.) Later vellum, spines titled in manuscript, edges red (probably recased, light soiling). Provenance: Mrs. E.D. Brandeges (stamp recording the gift to:) -- Harvard College Library (de-accession stamp).
EDITIO PRINCEPS of 18 of the 19 extant tragedies: four plays had been previously published at Florence ca. 1495; 'Electra' was not published until 1545. Aldus' edition remained the most important printed text of Euripides until the 18th century. Along with the Latin classics, Dante, and Petrarch, Aldus published Greek editions of Homer and the tragedians in his new 'portatile' octavo format, in which the texts, unencumbered by commentary, were designed to meet the needs of an educated but non-scholarly public. Part of the copy-text for this edition has been identified (BnF suppl. gr. 212 and 393) -- the manuscript is in the hand of a member of the Gregoropoulos family, possibly John Gregoropoulos, one of Aldus' editors, who is thought to have been chiefly responsible for establishing this edition. Adams E-1030; Ahmanson-Murphy 55; Dibdin I, 328; Renouard Alde 43,10. (2)
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