London, South Kensington
7 June 2010
GREEK ANTHOLOGY -- Florilegium diversorum epigrammatum in septem libros, in Greek. Byzantine recension of the monk Planudes (early 14th century). Edited by Aldus Manutius. Venice: Aldus Manutius, November 1503. Aldine 8° (149 x 93mm). Collation as Ahmanson-Murphy. Woodcut device on title, repeated on final verso. Greek type 4:79 (text), roman 10:82 (title, register and colophon only). 19th-century French red straight-grained morocco by Thouvenin, covers panelled with gilt fillets and blind foliate tooling, gilt spine, gilt edges (extremities lightly rubbed).
HANDSOME COPY OF THE FIRST ALDINE EDITION. Based on the 1494 editio princeps edited by Janus Lascaris, this was the second edition of the anthology assembled by Planudes, with additions including the EDITIO PRINCEPS of the 6th-century Byzantine poem In Thermas Pythias et aquarum miracula by Paulos Silentiarius. Planudes' recension of the Anthology was the only collection of ancient Greek epigrams known to the west until the discovery of the Palatine codex in 1606. Aldus Adams A-1181; Ahmanson-Murphy 62; Renouard Alde 42.9.
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