1568 Apophthegmata, Plutarch, Diogenes Laertio, etc. Latin and Greek parallel text. Armorial binding. Provenance. 1st edition. Estienne.


A collection of ancient quotations, including Plutarch and Diogenes Laertius, in parallel Greek and Latin text, the 1st edition translated and printed by the venerable Henri Estienne, with notable marks of provenance.

About the Work -

A collection of ancient quotations of Greek kings, leaders and philosophers. Henri, the translator and printer, displayed in his youth a genuine enthusiasm for Greek and Latin. His father took special pains with his education. As part of his general training, he undertook in his nineteenth year a protracted journey to Italy, England, and Flanders, where he busied himself in collecting and collating manuscripts for his father's press. In 1559 Estienne assumed charge of his father's presses. He then distinguished himself as the publisher, editor, and collator of manuscripts. He improved old translations, or made new Latin translations, of many Greek authors. His most celebrated work, the Thesaurus graecae linguae or Greek thesaurus, served up to the nineteenth century as the basis of Greek lexicography.

About the Printer and Translator -

The son of printer Robert Estienne, Grandson of printer Henri Estienne; a member of an illustrious 16th century printing family. This is the last book where Henri Estienne refers to himself as "Illustris viri Huldrici Fuggeri typographus" in honor of his patron, Ulrich Fugger.

Provenance -

Armorial reads, “Ex dono Claudi Tisserand Prioris S. Petri Cabilon”. Center - arms of France; cross at bottom refers to the Order of the Holy Spirit. “Cabilon” - Catholic diocese of Chalon-sur-Saône, Latin - Cabilonensis. Shield with three circles, left of cross, arms of Chalon. Triangle with clam, right of cross, Tisserand. Claude Tisserand, Grand Prior, provided a donation to the Catholic endeavors at Chalon circa 1522, while it was struggling to become recognized as school (achieved in the 1530s). There are a number of other ancient books recorded with this armorial.

Ex-Libris of Leopold Marcell, member of the Society of Norman Bibliophiles. His book passion was noted in an 1875 memorial; "This noble passion for books, he had contracted early, and it was throughout the course of his life a pleasant recreation to his other work. Guided by a solid instruction as well as a delicate tact, he had studied to compose his library only books of literature and history marked at the corner of good taste and erudition, leaving aside, of course all these frivolities, all these equivocal productions justly condemned to oblivion by their mediocrity. ... He thus attached himself to the original editions, to the beautiful margins, to the great papers, to the set copies, to the papers of Holland, to vellums, morocco and veal, stamped leathers, with gilded and carved slices, to beautiful prints, to platelets in fine binding, Gothic, Elzevrian impressions, etc."

Physical Attributes -

Measures approx. 12 x 8 x 4 cm (quires numbered in 4 leaves, likely 16 mo). Calf armorial binding, rebacked (likely by the 19th century Marcell). All edges gilt (AEG). Pages - (xvi leaves), 703 numbered pages, (1)

Condition -

See pictures. Rebacked, using 17th century armorial but with a 19th century spine. Wear at edges. A little cracking on spine. Boards worn. Very small chip at top of spine. Many bookseller and collector notes on the flyleaf. Page 90 to 166, moisture mark at upper right corner; only touches page number at times. Occasional spot of moisture at very top-edge. I don't see any writing. Occasional spot, occasional toning to pages.

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