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[Greek Title]...Tragoediae VII...
[Geneva]: Henri Estienne, 1557. First Complete Edition in the original Greek, edited by Piero Vettori, including the editio princeps of the Agamemnon, "the greatest Aeschylean tragedy, and one of the great masterpieces of Western dramatic literature." (Schreiber) Appended are Henri Estienne II's address to the reader and important textual comments. "The three previous editions (Venice [Asulanus] 1518, Venice [Robortellus] 1552, Paris [Turnebus] 1552) had all been based on a manuscript tradition exhibiting a lacuna of more than two-thirds of the Agamemnon, owing to the loss of 14 leaves in the famous 11th-century Medicean codex, from which this tradition derives. Piero Vettori (Petrus Victorius, 1499-1585) restored the 1275 missing verses of the Agamemnon from the 14th-century Laurentian codex F, which also allowed him to give an improved text of the Scholia. Vettori, for the first time, carefully distinguishes the Agamemnon from the next play, the Choephori, unlike all previous editors, who had combined the two plays into one tragedy." (Schreiber) Schreiber 145. Adams A265. Hoffman I 34. Renouard 116-17, 5. 4to. pp. 4 p.l., 138, *-**, 139-395. without final blank. Greek text printed in 2 sizes of 'grecs du roi'. editor's preface, Estienne's address to the reader & notes in Latin. woodcut printer's device on title. A handsome copy in 18th century speckled calf, gilt back (joints just starting, light marginal dampstain in first 3 gatherings). armorial bookplate of Sir John Osborn, 5th Baronet [1772-1848]
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