1574 Apophthegmatum Ex Optimis Utriusque Lingue..., Lycosthenes. Lyon, Harsy.

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Conrad Lycosthenes' best known work, an anthology of Latin and Greek writings, arranged alphabetically. This copy with provenance of D'Allemans, with their attractive ex-libris on the pastedown and a manuscript ex-libris on the title page.

Lycosthenes was a scholarly philologist and theologian of the 16th century, teacher of grammar in Basel, and preacher at St. Leonhard.

The dictionary of German Biography (deutsche-biographie) states "However, (Lycosthenes') most considerable work is to be regarded without contradiction: Apophthegmatum..."

Universal Short Title Catalogue - 141141, 9 copies

Pettegree, Walsby, Wilkinson - 78489

Graesse, IV, 310 (other editions)

Worldcat - OCLC 47194917, among others


About the Provenance -

The D'Allemans enjoy some notability because their family included Nicolas Malebranche. The D'Allemans became the Marquis du Lau. This copy assuredly comes from their family library. The handsome ex-libris is explained as (translated): "The arms of the Lau family are the principal subject of this Ex-libris: Or, to the laurel of seven branches Vert, and a leopard lion Gules, debruising on the shaft of the tree; arms a little different from those given by M. de Froidefond in his Armorial de la noblesse du Périgord (I, p. 297): Or, to the laurel of three branches Vert and to the lion leopardė Gules, debruising on the barrel of the tree, a border Azure charged with fifteen silver bezants. The shield, surmounted by a marquis' crown, is placed in a cartouche, supported by two lions, one lying down, the other standing, having under their feet a banner with these words: Ex-libris d'Allemans. This whole ensemble, very graceful, rests on a cloud surrounded by the rays of the sun." - Archives de la Société des collectionneurs d'ex-libris, 1901, p.123

Physical Attributes -

Measures approx. 17 x 10 x 5.5 cm. Calf binding. Boards with blind fillet frames, corner gilt florets, and central gilt arabesques. Spine with five raised bands; one compartment with the title and author in gilt. All edges gilt.

Pages - xxiv, 1322, [14]

Collation - *8, **4, a-z8, aa-zz8, Aa-Oo8, Pp4

Condition -

See pictures. Binding worn at edges and corners, with some rubbing; leather crazed (cracked) with age. Joints with wear and cracking. Ex libris on pastedown. First leaves heavily thumbed. Title page with manuscript ex-libris inscription cropped. Moisture mark from edges occasionally throughout, it is in the text sometimes, but sometimes it can't be seen.

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