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16 February 2006
POLLUX, Julius (c.133-c.188). Onomastikon en biblois deka [graecè] ... hoc est, instructissimum rerum ac synonymorum dictionarium ... cum praefatione Simonis Grynaei. Basel: Balthasar Lasius and Thomas Platter, 1536. 4° (210 x 127mm). One woodcut headpiece and a few initials (very light discolouration, last leaf lightly marked). 17th-century vellum (rebacked and rather soiled). Provenance: T. Gale (18th-century signature on title).
Third edition in Greek, preceded by the Aldine and Giuntine editions of 1502 and 1520, of Pollux's Onomasticon, a Greek dictionary arranged in subject order. The information which he gives us on contemporary religions, morals and institutions, taken both from lost works and from his commentaries on them, renders his book extremely valuable. Adams P1789; Hoffmann III, p.262.
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