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Odysseia (Greek): Odyssea. Eiusdem Batrachomyomachia, Hymni, aliaq(ue) eius opuscula, seu catalecta. Edited by Hubert van Giffen
Strassburg: Theodosius Rihel, 1572. 8vo (183 x 115 mm). Collation: *8 A-Z Aa-Zz Aaa-Fff8 Ggg10 hhh8 iii10 (inner bifolium of sheet Ggg misbound between iiii5 and iii6). [8 leaves], 837, [1] pp., [25] leaves. Rihel's woodcut device on title, woodcut initials. Editor's dedication to Count Ludwig von Oettingen (*2r-A1v). Text in Greek on versos, in Latin on facing rectos. Shoulder-notes. Scholia and Latin index at end. First few leaves slightly spotted, one or two minor marginal dampstains. Bound in contemporary German green silk velvet over laminated paper boards, sewn on four double cords, the covers blocked in gold with an arabesque and strapwork centerpiece and pair of matching cornerpieces, the latter of slightly different design on each board; the spine with traces of an oval tool, evidence of two pink or red fore-edge ties, edges gilt and gauffered; very worn and rubbed, backstrip fragmentary, lower headcap gone, joints split. *** unrecorded issue of a bilingual odyssey in its original gold-blocked velvet binding. The philologist Hubert van Giffen (1534-1604) edited classical texts for the publisher or publishing firm of Theodosius Rihel (father, son and grandson all shared the same name), which served the Strassburg university community. Rihel published this Greek and Latin Odyssey with the Batrachomyomachia and the Homeric hymns concurrently with Giffen's separate edition of the Iliad (also undated but whose dedication is dated April 1572; the two were apparently issued simultaneously and the other variants of this edition are sometimes catalogued under the Giffen/ … [Click Below for Full Description]
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