by APPULEIUS (c. 125-c. 180); Frans van OUDENDORP (1696-1761) [ed.].
Leiden:: Van der Eyk et Vygh. 1786. hardcover. 4to. , xii, 818 pp. Old quarter gilt-stamped calf over later green. cloth; corners showing, spine heavily worn with several tears, white. library number to spine foot, covers detached. Hartford Theological. Seminary blind-stamps to first and last few pages, Case Memorial. Library rubber stamps and presentation bookplate from Duncan Black. MacDonald, along with his ink ownership signature. As is.. FIRST EDITION of Oudendorps presentation of Appuleius Metamorphoses, with notes and commentaries. One of the best editions of Apuleius is that published at Leyden, in 4to. in 1786 (Dict. Univ. Hist. Crit. et Bibl. t. i., p. 442). La meillure édition des Métamorphoses dApulee (Moss, p. 84). Appuleius was a Latin-language prose writer. He was from Madaurus (now MDaourouch, Algeria). He studied Platonist philosophy in Athens; travelled to Italy, Asia Minor and Egypt; and was an initiate in several cults or mysteries (Wikip.). He is best known for writing the Metamorphoses, sometimes alternatively called The Golden Ass, which is the only ancient novel in Latin to survive in its entirety. Included is the story of Cupid and Psyche. ¶ Ruhnkenius has favoured us with a preface to this volume, which ranks among the completest of the Variorum quarto classics. The entire works of Colvius, Wower, Godeschalcus, Stewechius, Elmenhorst, and others, are inserted in it, and the judicious observations of Casaubon and Pricaeus have not been neglected. There are various readings from nine Mss. which occasionally differ from those selected by preceding critics (Dibdin). ¶ Oudendorp was a Dutch philologist and Professor of Latin and History at the University of Leiden. He edited, presented, and introduced a variety of Latin texts, including works by Julius Obsequens, Lucanus, Frontinus, Julius Caesar, and Suetonius. PROVENANCE: Duncan Black MacDonald (1863-1943) was an American Orientalist. He studied Semitic languages at Glasgow and then Berlin, before teaching at the Hartford Theological Seminary in the United States. His main scholarly interest was Muslim theology, which led him to the study of the One Thousand and One Nights, as he believed that the Nights stories reflected the Muslim popular piety (Wikip.). REFERENCES: Brunet I, 363; Dibdin (4th ed.) I pp. 286-87; Graesse I, 171-72; Joseph William Moss, A Manual Classical Bibliography, (1837), p.84. FULL TITLE: Appuleii Metamorphoseon, Libri XI. Cum notis integris Petri Colvii, Joannis Wowerii, Godeschalci Stewechii, Geverharti Elmenhorstii, & aliorum, inprimis cum animadversionibus hucusque ineditis Francisci Oudendorpii. Praesationem praemisie David Ruhkenius. . . (Inventory #: LV2083)
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