1573 · [Geneva]
First edition of the first published collection of these early Greek philosophical writings, the whole => edited by Henri Estienne and from the Estienne press: An important Humanist gathering of surviving fragments from Empedocles, Parmenides, Xenophon, Cleanthes, Timon of Phlius, Epicharmus, and others, along with the letters of Heraclitus and Democritus — with an emphasis on the aesthetics of their work. The preface is in both Latin and Greek, and the Latin notes are by Joseph Justus Scaliger.
Schreiber calls this uncommon work "a volume of major importance to the history of Western thought, which rightly belongs on the same shelf with the first editions of Plato and Aristotle."
Provenance: Armorial bookplate of Charles W.G. Howard on front pastedown with typed note that the volume was a gift of Sir David Dundas of Ochtertyre in 1877. Dundas (1799–1877) was a politician who also served as a trustee of the British Museum from 1861 to 1867 (DNB online).
Renouard, Estienne, p. 140, no. 8; Adams P-1682; Schreiber, Estiennes, 187; Brunet, II, 1080; Schweiger, I, 104. Bound in 19th-century red straight-grained morocco with raised bands, spine lettered and ruled in gilt, covers single-ruled in gilt, turn-ins with a gilt roll of a Greek key pattern, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt; spine faded and rubbed, a few spots on covers. Marked as above, light age-toning; light pencilling on endpapers. => A handsome copy of an influential, Estienne edition of Greek philosophy. (Inventory #: 36156)