Historiarum libri IX. Musarum nominibus inscripti Gr. et Lat. ex Lavr. Vallae interpretatione, cum adnotationibus Thomae Galei et Iacobi Gronovii .
Amsterdam: sumptibus Petri Schoutenii 1763 - engraved folding plate and additional engraved title-page, half-title present, typographical title-page printed in red and black with engraved vignette, text in facing columns of Greek and Latin, a little minor toning, one leaf with a small paperflaw in blank margin, pp. [xxiv], 868, 177, , folio, contemporary Dutch vellum prize binding, arms of the Hague blocked in gilt inside gilt frame on boards, spine with six raised bands, second compartment lettered in ink, the red with central gilt tools, the vellum somewhat soiled, front joint split and tidily reinforced, the front board bowing a bit, bookplate of the Rt Honble. John C. Hobhouse, Bt., sound ?This is the celebrated and magnificent edition of Herodotus, which contains the notes of Wesseling, Gale, and Gronovius, [.] it is justly called the editio optima, in [p]reference to any edition of Herodotus previously published. [.] This splendid and truly desirable edition has now become scarce, and a good copy cannot be obtained under a considerable sum? (Dibdin). ?The merits of all the preceding editions are eclipsed by this very elegant and excellent one? (Moss). This copy belonged to John Cam Hobhouse, 2nd baronet (later Baron Broughton), the close friend and travelling companion of Byron. Among his duties as MP for Westminster, one of Byron?s executors, secretary-at-war and then chief secretary of Ireland, and various positions relating to India, Hobhouse also found time for the classics, and the ODNB sums him up as ?a vigorous debater, an excellent classical scholar, a competent versifier, an entertaining companion (though he was shy at unfamiliar social gatherings), and a staunch friend?. (Dibdin II 23; Moss I 458; Schweiger I 139) [Attributes: Hard Cover]
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