Comicorum Graecorum Sententi?, Id Est Gnomai,
Excudebat Henr. Steph.
Small 8vo. 2.5 x 4.75 inches.  + 633 +  pp. Includes some mispaginations. Some pages forming part of register left blank for reader's notes with an additional 36 blank pages at end. Text in Greek and Latin. Bound in contemporary vellum with yapp edges; spine in compartments with raised bands and early handwritten titles. Front joints skilfully repaired and now sound. extremities worn and darkened, edges darkened and pages browned with some lower edge stains on preliminaries; otherwise a very good copy. Early manuscript index on first three endpapers and occasional notes in text. 1599 inscription (? Chokier) and 1844 signature on front pastedown and 'E Libris Henrii Courtaei' on rear pastedown. Decorated by headpiece vignettes. An anthology of extracts from Greek writers of comedy, translated and edited by Henri Estienne, followed by quotations from Latin comic writers and selections from the Sententiae of Pyblius Syrus 1st century BC), with a further commentary by Erasmus. Estienne (1531-98), was a famous scholar printer, who, as a Calvinist, emigrated from France to Geneva, where he set up as a printer. It has been suggested that he issued these popular anthologies to help defray the cost of the 1572 publication of his great work, the Thesaurus Graecae Linguae, in five volumes. (Adams P 1694).
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