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Author: Libanius: (Wolfius, J.C., ed.:)

Title: Epistolae. Quas nunc primum maximam partem e variis codicibus, manu exaratis, edidit, Latine convertit & notis illustravit.

Publication: Amstelaedami [Amsterdam]: Apud Janssonio-Waesbergios. 1738.

Description: Editio princeps. Folio, pp. [xx] 865 [i] + school prize leaf. Title page in red and black, engraved device. Sporadic foxing, some dustiness to upper margins. Contemporary vellum, faded ink title to spine, spine and boards tooled in gilt, armorial Amsterdam gilt centrepiece to both boards, edges sprinnkled red. Darkened and a bit soiled, some gilt rubbed, scuffed at edges, small red ink blot to lower board, ties lost. Printed school prize leaf with engraved vignettte, inscribed to Jano Lissone 16th April 1786.

The first collected printing of the letters of Libanius, the fourth-century AD rhetorician. More than 1500 of his letters survive, the largest extant collection from antiquity, and only brief selections had been previously edited. Wolf's magisterial volume not only prints as many as were known but also includes Latin translations for each letter; Smith called it 'the best edition' (Dict. Gr. & Rom. Bio.), and it is still cited in modern editions.

Bibliography: Brunet III, 1050; Graesse IV, 195; Hoffman II; Spoelder, 493 (Amst. 12).

Reference Number: [46584]

Price: £900

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