Aeliani Variae Historiae libri XIII.

Aelian

Aeliani Variae Historiae libri XIII.

Description: [CONTEMPORARY OXFORD BINDING] title within decorative woodcut border, decorated initials and ornaments, woodcut printer's device to last verso, uniform very slight age browning, minimal bleeding from yellow edge paint (now dusty), tiny worm trail to lower outer blank margin of 7 gatherings, turning into couple of insignificant single worm holes on a few more touching the odd letter, lower blank margin of B1 and lower and outer blank margin of G1-7 trimmed to, but not touching, text, last verso a trifle dusty, pp. [16], 461, [19], double column (Greek and Latin text), 16mo, contemporary dark brown English (Oxford) calf, lacking ties, triple blind ruled, blind-stamped oval centrepiece (in fine impression) with interlacing ribbons and tendrils, raised bands, diagonal hatching at head and foot of spine, and to upper and lower edges (towards spine), upper joint cracked but firm, lower starting, corners minimally bumped, minor crack or scuffing to lower corner of lower cover, contemporary autograph 'Robert Wallis' to ffep, contemporary calculations (book and/or binding price?) to rear pastedown.

Publication Details: [Geneva:] J. Tornaesius, 1600

Notes: A good, exquisitely bound, clean copy of this pocket-size textbook for the study of Greek language and history. Claudius Aelianus (1st-2nd century AD) was a very popular author at 16th- and 17th-century English universities. Extant solely in abridged form, his Variae Historiae is a compendium of fascinating anecdotes on famous ancient literary, philosophical and political personalities, the natural world, mirabilia, customs and myths. He famously provided one of the earliest accounts of fly-fishing. A final section of this edition, edited by Justus Vultejus (1529-75), comprises extracts from A...more

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Price: £1,000

Subject: Classics

Published Date: 1600

Stock Number: 69142

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