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Grammaticae Institutiones ad Graeca lingua.
Venice, Paolo Manuzio, 1557. 8vo, ff. 322. Italic and Greek letter, some Roman. Printer’s woodcut device on title page and privilege on last verso. Light age yellowing, small marginal water stain to first couple of gatherings and larger from 306 till the end; occasionally spotted. A good, crisp copy in contemporary vellum over boards, remains of ties, early inked title to spine, yapp edges. Contemporary Latin notes on ff. 8-18, early owner’s signature – “Girolamo Benassai”, nobleman from Lucca (C1600) – on first p. verso and armorial bookplate of Sir George August Shuckburgh-Evelyn, 6th Baronet (1751 –1804) on front pastedown. Later issue of the successful third extended edition of the important Greek grammar by the Franciscan friar Urbano delle Fosse, better known as Urbano Bolzanio (1442-1524). The work had three editions (1498, 1512, 1545) and several reprints in relatively a few years. It was the first Greek grammar written in Latin and contributed to the spreading of this ancient language in the Western world. The 1545 edition was composed in 1523 and later published thanks to Pierio Valeriano, Bolzanio’s nephew. Pupil of the famous Constantine Lascaris from Constantinople, Bolzanio became one of the most celebrated humanists of his time. After leaving his home city he travelled in Greece, Palestine, Arabia, Egypt and Sicily, collecting inscriptions. In Messina he attended Costantino Lascaris’s lectures. In 1484 he moved to Florence at the invitation of Lorenzo de’ Medici who appointed him tutor to his son Giovanni, the future Pope Leo X. In 1490 he returned to Venice … [Click Below for Full Description]
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