The best and first critical edition of the greek florilegium

[Graece et Latine]. Sententie ex thesauris Graecorum delectae... à C. Gesnero... traductae.

Basel, [printed by Oporinus for Froschauer, 1549].

Folio, pp. [xx], 632 (erroneously paginated 630), [32]; Greek and Latin text in parallel columns throughout, historiated woodcut initials and shoulder-notes; very light traces of dampstaining in the title, the outer margin of the initial leaves and the final leaf, else very clean and crisp, a very good copy in contemporary full vellum over wooden boards, panelled spine with gilt morocco lettering-piece and the remains of a paper library label at foot; contemporary ownership inscriptions on the title, one cropped in the upper margin, with the surviving motto ‘Rien trop’, and another in Latin, still sixteenth-century, ‘Ad Anselmum Demazechiis pertinet’ (?Anselmo Mazechi), further inscription (Girardet, canon) dated 1771 on the front paste-down.

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Second, ‘in every respect preferable’ (Dibdin) edition of Gesner’s Stobaeus, acclaimed as ‘the first critical impression of the text of the Florilegium’ (idem), philologically and critically much superior to the first, published in 1543. Gesner’s parallel printing of the Greek text and the Latin translation of Stobaeus’ excerpts from hundred of Greek writings – an invaluable source for texts many otherwise lost – was a key and lasting achievement of humanist philology.

Adams S 1873; Dibdin II, 429; Hoffmann III, 632 f.

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