SUDA -- Lexicon graecum, in Greek. Edited by Demetrius Chalcondylas (1423-1501). Milan: Joannes Bissolus and Benedictus Mangius, for Demetrius Chalcondylas, 15 November 1499.
2 volumes, median 2° (341 x 227mm). Collation: I: \Ka-v\k8 \Kaaa-lll\k8; II: \KA-W\k8 \KAA-DD\k8 \KEE\k6 \KZZ\k6(+-\KZZ\k6) (\Ka\k1r dialogue by Stefano Neri, \Ka\k1v Latin verses by Antonius Motta, \Ka\k2r Joannes Maria Cataneus's address in Latin to Alberto Pio, Prince of Carpi, \Ka\k2v editor's preface in Greek, \Ka\k3r text, \KZZ\k5v register, colophon and printer's device, \KZZ\k6r verses by Johannes Salandus addressed to the editor and the reader, verso blank). 516 leaves, 21 lvs. supplied from another copy and very slight short at lower margin. Fo.\KZZ\k6 a cancel, with heading and errors in first column corrected; MS correction to second column erased. 45 lines. Type: 1:138Gk (Neri's dialogue), 2:109Gk, 3:112R. Woodcut printer's device. 5- and 8-line initial spaces, some with printed guide-letter. (First and last lvs. very lightly soiled, tiny hole in title.) 18th-century diced russia, triple fillet border on sides, gilt spines with black and green lettering-pieces, marbled endpapers, gilt edges (scuffed, vol. II corners bumped, final leaf on guard). Provenance: Dr. Anthony Askew (1722-1772, sale Baker & Leigh, 13 Feb. 1775, 18th day, lot 3188, £8.8) -- London, British Museum (duplicate stamp on title versos) -- Sir Mark Masterman Sykes (1771-1823, booklabel, sale Evans 11 May 1824 to Thorpe) -- [two 18th-century booklabels removed].
EDITIO PRINCEPS of one of the most important literary monuments from the Byzantine period (Krumbacher p.562-70). Compiled in the 10th century and based largely on the 5th-century lexicon of Hesychius, the Suda is a dictionary whose extended articles nearly transform it into an encyclopedia. It was of proven value to students, a quality Chalcondylas increased by his own additions to the original text and which he hoped would easily justify its price of 3 gold coins. The Suda is the only work printed at Milan by Bissolus and Mangius, and Neri's opening address is the only use of their Greek type 1:138. Alexander Minutianus (see lot 21 for his edition of Cicero) was originally involved in the edition, but by 13 April 1499 he had been replaced by Cataneus and Motta. H *15135; BMC VI, 792 (IC. 26913-5); Goff S-829; IGI 9189; CIBN S-495; Klebs 939.1. (2)