1553 · Parisiis
First French edition of grammarian Hephaestion's work on Greek poetry as it relates to metrics and rhythmics, following the Florentine edition of 1526. The main text is printed in single columns in Greek using three different fonts, with two full-page diagrams following the text and an index in three columns; Turnèbe's basilisk device appears on the title-page and the text is adorned with a foliated headpiece and two decorative initials. Printer Adrien Turnèbe (1512–65) was chair of Greek at the College Royal in France and Royal Printer for Greek following Robert Estienne.
Evidence of Readership: Faint inky fingerprints appear in the margins and endpapers of a few leaves; a bifolium with one page of Greek notes in an early hand has been laid in at back.
Provenance: From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
Adams H287; Brunet, III, 104; Hoffmann, Bibliographisches Lexicon der gesammten Literatur der Griechen, II, p. 203; Schweiger, I, 133. On Turnèbe, see: Renouard, Imprimeurs parisiens. 18th-century polished calf, spine with raised bands and lettered in blind, covers framed in gilt double fillets, board edges with arabesque roll in blind, all edges speckled red; rubbed and scuffed, hinges/joints cracked but boards firmly attached, glue action to first and last few leaves. Light pencilling on endpapers. Light age-toning, small marginal worm tracks not affecting text; marginal waterstaining through perhaps a third of text, two untrimmed edges and a few instances of spotting, dust-soiling, or staining. Provenance and readership indications as above. A well-crafted textbook. (Inventory #: 38388)