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Tragaediae septem cum commentariis
Venice: Aldus Manutius, Aug, 1502. Aldine octavo (153 × 94 mm). Eighteenth-century English red morocco, spine gilt in compartments between raised bands, green morocco label, sides ruled in gilt with a double fillet, gilt devices at corners, turns-in gilt with a floral roll, comb-marbled endpapers, gilt edges. In a custom morocco-backed folding case. Types 1:80 italic, 4:79 Greek, cut by Francesco Griffo. General title, Latin dedication to Janus Lascaris, epigrams of Simonides, Erucius and Dioscorides the Alexandrian from the Anthology, 6 divisional titles, woodcut dolphin and anchor device (Fletcher no. 2) on verso of last leaf. Inscriptions on the first binder's blank: "H. Girdlestone from Francis Turner Inner Temple 1808" and "H. Girdlestone to John Farnham Messenger 1 January 1864". Binding rubbed, joints cracked at ends; title slightly stained and with 2 small wormholes not affecting text, small wormhole through last 14 leaves, a very few small marginal stains, a very good copy. Editio princeps. One of the most important of Aldus's Greek editions both textually and typographically, this remained the best available edition of Sophocles' text until the 19th century. The scholia promised in the title were not finally included, as explained in Aldus's prefatory letter; Lascaris published them in 1518, at the Medicean press at Rome. The Sophocles was the first Greek book issued in Aldus's portable format, and the first classical text printed in Francesco Griffo's fourth type, the smallest and most delicate of the Aldine Greek types, modelled on Aldus's own Greek hand. This was the first Aldine edition to mention in the colophon Aldus's Greek Neakadamia, which combined a dining club with a serious educational movement concerned with the revival of classical culture. Aldus's preface to Lascaris describes a fire-lit meeting of the academy, where Greek alone was spoken.
      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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