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THEOCRITUS
Title in Greek, then:] IDYLLIA. EIUSDEM, EPIGRAMMATA XIX. EIUSDEM, BIPENNIS ET ALA
Paris: Chrestien Wechel, 1543. 228 x 162 mm. (9 x 6 3/8"). 142 pp., [1] leaf. Contemporary sprinkled calf, rebacked preserving most of original backstrip, raised bands, panel at head of spine with the initial and coronet of the duke of Devonshire, second panel with brown title label, other panels with gilt lyre centerpiece. Printer's Pegasus device on title page and verso of final leaf, decorative woodcut initials, four poems printed within representations of their subject matter: a wind instrument, a battle axe, a pair of wings, and an altar. Front pastedown with bookplate of the duke of Devonshire's library at Chatsworth. Hoffmann III, 665; Schweiger I, 309; USTC 149010; not in Adams. For the printer: Greswell I, 110-12. Boards a bit rubbed at edges, first quire browned at head edge, occasional mild marginal foxing, more pronounced on last two quires, but an excellent copy, the text generally clean and fresh with comfortable margins, the restored binding firm and appealing. From the library of a noted connoisseur, this is an uncommon edition of the greatest of pastoral poets and an early example of "concrete poetry," printed in the elegant Greek type of Christian Wechel. In "concrete poetry," type is set in the shape of the poem's subject matter. Here we have poems in the form of a bagpipe-like instrument known as a syringx; of a pelekys, a double-bladed battle axe; of ptergion (a pair of wings); and of an altar (bomos). A Greek living in Sicilian Syracuse in the third century B.C., Theocritus prospered under the beneficent Ptolemy II, who encouraged scholars, poe … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Phillip J. Pirages Rare Books (ABAA) [McMinnville, OR, U.S.A.]

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