ATHENAEUS of Naucratis (fl. c.200 A.D.). Deiphosophistae, in Greek. Edited by Marcus Musurus (c.1470-1517). Venice: Aldus Manutius and Andreas Torresanus, August 1514. Aldine device (Fletcher no. f4) on first and last pages, Greek type 3bis:90 (text), italic 1:80 (dedication), roman 12:90 (incidental). [Bound with:]
ANTONIUS Melissa (c. 11th century). Sententiarum, in Greek. Zurich: C. Froschauer, 1546. Woodcut initials. Part one only, without the Latin translation, issued with its own title-page and separate collation.
Two works in one, super-chancery 2° (306 x 200mm). (Very occasional faint stain.) 18th-century calf, gilt spine, red sprinkled edges (slight wear at extremities and minor stains). Provenance: Denis Faucher, of Arles, monk of Lérin, poet and author (title signature) -- Nicolas-Claude Fabri de Peiresc (1580-1637, antiquary, philologist, naturalist, and owner of one of the largest libraries of his time; cipher stamp on title).
EDITIO PRINCEPS of Athenaeus' only extant work. The title means 'men learned in the arts of the banquet', and the banquet is the forum for 23 learned men, some with the names of real persons, such as Galen and Ulpian, to discuss philosophy, literature, law, medicine and other disciplines. It also contains much practical detail pertaining to ancient food, wine and dining customs, with many anecdotes deriving from now lost authors. Aldus began to plan a Greek edition of Athenaeus soon after establishing his press; a one-page proof of an unrealised edition, printed in Aldus's second Greek type (first used in 1496) and containing the epitome of book 1, survives at the Pierpont Morgan Library. The Athenaeus is here accompanied by the first edition of a compilation by Antonius Melissa of extracts from various Greek authors, including the editio princeps of the works of Theophilus of Antioch. Adams A-2096 and A-1252; Ahmanson-Murphy 105; B.IN.G., Cat. del fondo Italiano e Latino delle opere di Gastronomia, I, no.112; Hoffmann I, 394; Renouard Alde p.67; Vicaire 50.