[Greek text]. . . . Sententiae, ex thesauris Graecorum delectae. Cyri Theodori dialogus, de amicitiae exilio. Opusculum Platoni adscriptum, de justo. WITH: Eclogarum libri duo. . . . WITH: Loci communes sententiarum. . .
by STOBAEUS, Joannes (later half of 5th century A.D.).
Geneva:: Francisco Fabro, 1609., 1609. Three parts in one volume. Folio. [xxiv], 632, , [1 blank]; [xii], 207, [1 blank]; 305,  pp. First title printed in red and black, woodcut title-page vignette, headpieces, decorative initials, tailpieces, text printed double-column in Greek and Latin, indexes; outer margins of first few leaves brittle. Full speckled and blind-ruled calf, raised bands, gilt spine, all edges speckled red; spine ends lightly chipped, top outer hinge split at head of spine. Ownership signatures on front free end-paper and title. Very good. Rare. FIRST EDITION. Joannes Stobaeus compiled a valuable series of extracts from Greek authors for his son Septimius. The entire work was originally called the Four books of extracts, sayings and precepts. The first book teaches physics, in the wide sense which the Greeks assigned to this term. The third and fourth books explore ethics. In all, Stobaeus quotes more than five hundred writers, generally beginning with the poets, and then proceeding to the historians, orators, philosophers and physicians. It is to Stobaeus that we owe many of our most important fragments of the dramatists, particularly Euripides. Brunet, V, col. 545 (notes that this edition brings together under a new title the Sententiae printed at Lyon in 1608, after the Franckfort edition of 1581, and the Eclogarum libri II reprinted after the edition of Anvers of 1571. This is the only edition to bring together the two titles); Encyclopaedia Britannica, XXV, p. 929 (lists this as "editio princeps," but Adams lists many earlier editions of various modern editors); Graesse, VI, pp. 499-500. [FULL TITLE: [Greek text]. . .. Sententiae, ex thesauris Graecorum delectae. Cyri Theodori dialogus, de amicitiae exilio. Opusculum Platoni adscriptum, de justo. Aliud eiusdem, an virtus doceri possit. Huic editioni accesserunt eiusdem Ioannis Stobaei eclogarum physicarum et ethicarum libri duo. Item. Loci communes sententiarum, collecti per Antonium & Maximum Monachos, atque ad Stobaei locos relati. Subiunctis captium, auctorum, verborum & rerum locupletissimis indicibus, WITH: Eclogarum libri duo: quorum prior physicas, posterior ethicas complectitur; Graece editi; interprete Gulielmo Cantero, ex bibliotheca C. V. I. Sambuci. WITH: Loci communes sententiarum, ex s. scriptura, veteribus theologis, et secularibus scriptoribus, collecti per Antinium et Maximum Monachos, atque ad Io. Stobaei locos relati. Subiunctis ad calcem necessariis indicibus.]
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