1610 · Etonae
One of the first two books printed at Eton, both in Greek and both printed in 1610. The Byzantine poetry here is from the pen of John, Mauropus, an 11th-century teacher, hymnographer, orator, Byzantine Greek poet, and correspondent of scholars.
This, the editio princeps, was edited by and has the notes of Matthew Bust (1543 or 1544–1613), Fellow of Eton College and father of his namesake who was Master of Eton (1611–30). The prefatory matter and notes are printed in Latin in italics and the main text is in a large greek face; the actual printer's name is from STC.
Searches of STC, WorldCat, and ESTC locate many copies in Britain and even Europe, but only five in U.S. libraries.
Provenance: 18th-century ownership inscription at top of title-page: "Petri Bonifantii." Most recently in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
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STC (rev.) 14622; ESTC S103427. 20th-century quarter red morocco with red cloth sides. Light age-toning and some stray ink spots. In fact, very good. (Inventory #: 37309)