11 - 13 July 2000
ANACREON (?572-?488 B.C.). Anacreontis Teij odae, in Greek. Edited and translated by Henri Estienne. Paris: [?Guillaume Morel, for] Henri Estienne II, 1554. 4° (200 x 131mm). Greek and roman types, printer's device [Schreiber 7] on title. Woodcut headpiece and ornamental initial on A1 illuminated with liquid-gold and colours by a later hand, ruled in red. (Without final blank, lightly spotted, corner of last leaf renewed.) 19th-century red straight-grained morocco, gilt edges (spine very lightly worn and faded).
EDITIO PRINCEPS of an immensely influential corpus of Greek lyrics, considered by Estienne and his Renaissance contemporaries to be the work of the ancient Greek poet Anacreon. They are instead poems in the style of Anacreon, whose own work on wine and women survives in short fragments only. As Schreiber has noted, the 'discovery' of these poems, in a manuscript owned by Thomas More's humanist friend, John Clements, caused a poetic revolution, which culminated in the 18th century with the Anacreontic Poets. The Anacreontea is the first book published by Henri Estienne II and contains all three sizes of the grecs du roi types. Adams A-1001; Schreiber Estiennes, 139.
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