2 parts bound in 2 vols., 8vo, pp. 8, 494, f.  (blank); pp. 40, 432; printed in Greek and roman letter; woodcut printer's device on title; a very good copy in early 19th century sprinkled paste boards.
US $1930 €1572
First Estienne edition of The Lives of the Philosophers, a very important edition in the original Greek, “in which appear for the first time many passages discovered in manuscripts by Estienne. The volume also contains 36 pages of important textual annotations by Henri Estienne and 3 pages of notes on the Fragments of Pythagoras by Willem Canter” - Schreiber, 178.
The Lives, in ten books, is often anecdotal and trivial, but it contains a vast amount of information and is of particular value for the quotations it includes. The whole of the last book is devoted to Epicurus and preserves his three letters and all forty of the “Sovran Maxims”, the principal articles in his doctrine. “The account of Epicureanism, given with long direct quotations from letters of Epicurus, is perhaps the most valuable feature of Diogenes’ book, not only for modern students, but also because it gave the Quattrocento humanists a fresh and reliable body of information about a philosophical school which Cicero had ridiculed and misunderstood...” (N.G. Wilson, From Byzantium to Italy, p. 33).
Diogenes also preserves the famous epitaph of Callimachus on Heraclitus “They told me, Heraclitus, they told me you were dead...”
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