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Author: Hesiod: (Zamagna, Bernardo, trans.:)

Title: Hesiodou tou Askraiou ta heuriskomena. Hesiodi Ascraei opera omnia.

Publication: [Parma]: Ex regio Parmensi typographio [Bodoni], 1785.

Description: First edition thus. 2 vols in 1, 4to., pp. [ii], 16, [ii], 110; [iv], xxxv, [i], 248. Texts in Greek and Latin, titles with engraved portrait vignettes. A couple of leaves with very slight paper flaws to tail edge. First and last leaves a little dusty, some very faint foxing to first title-page but generally bright and very clean. Contemporary tan sprinkled calf, spine heavily gilt with reddish morocco label, triple-filet gilt borders, a.e.g., gilt dentelles, marbled endpapers. Head of spine peeling a little, 5 tiny wormholes to spine, leather splitting at upper joint but cords and endpapers holding firm, corners fraying, a few scratches and some small chips to fore-edge but still very good overall. To front paste-down: 19th-century armorial bookplate of the Biblioteca del Principe di Torella; a slightly later bookplate in the form of a coin, with Greek letters including the name Stephanou Karatheodore. Small type-written label 'R/II I/5a' to rear paste-down.

First five words of title transliterated from Greek. According to Dibdin, 'A splendid and correct edition, founded on Le Clerc's, with some of Graevius's and that editor's notes. It was composed by Zamagna, who has enriched his mythological dissertation with extracts from Dupuis' Memoir upon the Origin of the Constellations, La Lande's Astronomy, and Denina's History of Greece. The Latin metrical version is more elegant than faithful. [...] There are, according to Renouard, four sorts of paper of this edition: one of bluish tint, one of fine white, one of strong white, and 25 only of fine, white, large paper [...]'. The paper of this copy appears to be that with a very slightly bluish tint.

Bibliography: Dibdin II (4th edn.) 38; Brooks 290

Reference Number: [52271]

Price: £900


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