14 December 2000
THE PROPERTY OF JEREMY BLAKE CRANE
PLUTARCH ca. 46-ca. 120). Parallelum, Vitae Romanorum & Graecorum Quadraginta novem, in Greek. Florence: Filippo Giunti I, 27 August 1517.
Super-chancery 2o (319 x 206 mm). 343 leaves (of 344, lacking final blank). Greek and roman types. woodcut printer's device on final verso. Ruled in red throughout. Initial spaces with guide letters. Modern illuminated initials. (Occasional light marginal dampstaining, a very few small stains, some showthrough from initials.) 19th-century quarter calf (rubbed, inner hinges split), a few deckle edges preserved. Provenance: Greek marginal note on a1v A. Pascal; Frank Dougall Crane (bookplates).
EDITIO PRINCEPS. In the last three years of Filippo Giunta's life he published 14 Greek editions; the editor of all of them was probably Frosino Bonini (Euphrosynus Boninus), a Greek scholar and student of Politian. Plutarch's Lives was mentioned by Musurus in his letter to Grolier (published in the preface of Aldus' 1515 Greek grammar) as one of the classical texts urgently requiring publication because of the imminent danger of being lost (Wilson, From Byzantium to Italy p. 156). The printer's preface, addressed to Marcello Virgilio Adriani, the Florentine humanist, is the last by Filippo I, who died soon after publication. Adams P-1609; Renouard Junte xli.99.
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