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Lexicon Graeco-Latinum..
Amstelaedami: Ioannem Blaeuw, & Ludovicum Elzevirium, 1652. Folio, 4 preliminary leaves, lexicon in 1790 columns and thus paged, 119 leaves of indices, 1 blank leaf & 366 columns; printed in greek and roman letter; title printed in red and black, woodcut initials and ornaments; title-p.;later full blindstamped polished calf, joints cracking, upper cover separated, spine darkened and rubbed; a good copy or better. "John Scapula was on the staff of the author and printer, Henri Estienne, whose great Greek Thesaurus was published at Geneva in 1572. Estienne had spent twelve years of his life in research on this work and in consequence it had to be very costly. Scapula decided to leave the firm and on doing so 'lifted' much of Estienne's material, which he incorporated into his own great lexicon, first published at Basel in 1580, at a cheap price. Scapula's work went through edition after edition, whereas the real author's work 'hung fire' and he was practically ruined" (Maggs Catalogue 891, item 382). "The two editions of 1652 are the most esteemed, and sell at a very high price - from their extraordinary rarity" (Dibdin).
Bookseller: Rulon-Miller Books (rulonmillerbooks) [Saint Paul, Minnesota, US]
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