2 June 2004
DIONYSIUS Halicarnassus (fl. c. 25 B.C.). Anquitatum Romanarum lib. X, in Greek. Paris: Robert Estienne, 1546 [colophon: February 1547]. [Bound as issued with:] DIONYSIUS Halicanarsus. De compositione, in Greek. Paris: Robert Estienne, 1547 [colophon: April 1547].
2 works in one volume, 2° (336 x 221mm). 9-line and 5-line woodcut floreated initials. (Some spotting and browning, some marginal waterstains.) Contemporary calf, covers with triple gilt fillet border, spine with lettering-piece in one compartment, the remainder tooled with monogram 'AVO' (joints cracked, extremities rubbed, upper cover slightly bowed, spine repaired at foot, inner hinges repaired).
EDITIO PRINCEPS. Dionysius's enthusiasm for Rome was expressed in the twenty books of his 'Roman Antiquities', just over half of which survived, breaking off at 441 B.C.; from here was drawn his famous dictum that 'the style is the man.' His work on composition or 'The Arrangement of Words' is considered particularly interesting, forming 'the only surviving ancient work on word order and euphony.' Adams H-626 and H-637; Brunet II, 725: 'magnifiquement exécutée'; Renouard Estienne 24.
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