15 July 2015
XENOPHON (c. 430-354 B.C.). Hellenica, in Greek. – PLETHON, Georgios Gemistos (c. 1355-1452). De gestis Graecorum post pugnam ad Mantineam. – HERODIAN of Syria (fl. early 3rd century A.D.). Historiae a Marci principatu. –Scholae in Thucydidem. Venice: Aldus Manutius, October 1503 [not before 14 November].
2° (310 x 208mm.) Text in Greek and Latin. Aldine device on first and final leaf. (Wormholes repaired on title touching a few letters, small marginal repair to e1, some spotting and soiling, mainly to bottom margin.) 19th-century marbled calf, spine re-gilt (repaired at extremities). Provenance: Livio Ambrogio (bookplate).
EDITIO PRINCEPS of all four historical works and the first of Xenophon's works to be printed. The publication had been held up because Aldus had not had enough manuscripts from which to work; he considered that he needed at least three copies of Xenophon and Plethon to eliminate corrupt passages. Xenophon continues Thucydides' history from 411 B.C. to the battle of Mantinea (362); Plethon's history of the Greeks continues from there. Herodian's history deals with the period from Marcus Aurelius to Gordian III (238 A.D.). Politian's translation of Herodian is not included in this edition, although it is mentioned on the title-page. Ahmanson-Murphy 78; Dionisotti & Orlandi LI; Isaac 12794; Hoffmann III, 589; Laurenziana 80; Renouard Alde, 41:7; Sansoviniana 85-86.
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