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COULON, Louis (1605-1664). Lexicon Homericum, seu accurata vocabulorum omnium quae in Homero continentur, explanatio. Paris: Sebastian Cramoisy, 1643.
8o (166 x 100 mm). Woodcut device on title. In Latin and Greek. Contemporary French presentation binding from Antoine Druot, dated 1653, to the oratory at Chablais, a straight dentelle border of small tools surrounding the central medallion with presentation in gilt: EX DONO D. ANTONII DRUOT. 1653, arms of France at top and arms of the house below, spine gilt-panelled, edges gilt, marbled paper pastedowns (some skilful restoration at extremities). Provenance: Antoine Druot (binding); Oratory of Chablais (inscription on title: "ex libris oratorii domus cabillonensis); Léon Gruel (bookplate); purchased from Emil Offenbacher, 26 December 1960.
FIRST EDITION OF THE FIRST COMPREHENSIVE LEXICON TO HOMER. Coulon entered the Jesuit order in 1620, and left it twenty years later. As a Jesuit he had published (in 1632) an edition of four books of Homer's Iliad for young students (De Backer-Sommervogel II, col. 1562). After leaving the Jesuits he published, in addition to this Homeric lexicon, several travel and historical books (Cioranescu 22245-22259). The Lexicon Homericum was considerably more useful than Wolfgang Seber's Index of 1604. Coulon not only defines every word, but also explains the various verbal forms, and provides notices on proper names. This edition is variously dated 1642 or 1643. Ebert 5358; G. Finsler Homer in der Neuzeit p.150; Hoffman II:360. A FINE COPY.
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