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Epistolarum selectarum centuria prima [?quinta] miscellanea.

Lipsius, Justus.

Published by Ex officina Plantiana, apud Ioannem Moretum; viduam & filios Ioannis Moreti 1605?14, Antwerp, 1605
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This is the collected correspondence of the Belgian humanist Lipsius (Joost Lips, 1547?1606) ? "one of the most eminent representatives of classical philology between 1550 and 1650" (NCE) ? containing nearly => 500 letters to the most illustrious intellectuals of his day, with an index of correspondents at the beginning of each part, including: Carolus Clusius (Charles de l'Ecluse, 1526?1609), Joseph Justus Scaliger (1540?1609), Abraham Ortelius (Ortels, 1527?98), Philipp Nicodemus Frischlin (1547?90), Hugo Grotius (de Groot, 1583?1645), Jacob Pontanus (1542?1626), Jacques Auguste de Thou (Thuanus, 1553?1617), and the printer Balthasar Moretus (1574?1641), who would inherit the Plantin press from his father Jan . . . Printed by Jan Moretus, with the last three parts produced by his widow and children, all five "centuries" feature the famous Plantin device engraved or woodcut on their sectional title-pages, and at the ends of the second and fifth (final) parts. The text is in Latin printed in roman and italic with sparse sidenotes and elaborate woodcut initials and tailpieces. The correspondence was also issued in separate parts, and as part of the Opera omnia in seven volumes with a general title-page dated 1614. 4to (25.8 cm, 10.2"). 5 parts in one vol. [4] ff., 119, [1] pp.; [121]?213, [3] pp.; [4] ff., 108, [4] pp.; [6] ff., 83, [5] pp.; [6] ff., 112, [8] pp. Bibliotheca Belgica, L406 (Opera), L257 and L258. Contemporary vellum single-ruled in blind with an ornate central cartouche and four fleurons stamped in black on each cover, manuscript title on spine with raised bands accented by black ruling; red speckled edges, and evidence of four ties. Front joint repaired and new endpapers, text with dust-soiling and a handful of small stains, mild foxing on a few leaves and browning in some sections; faint curves of waterstaining along edges in a few places, small marginal tear on one leaf. => A nice copy of a handsome Plantin?Moretus printing. Bookseller Inventory # 30963

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Title: Epistolarum selectarum centuria prima [?...

Publisher: Ex officina Plantiana, apud Ioannem Moretum; viduam & filios Ioannis Moreti 1605?14, Antwerp

Publication Date: 1605

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