First of this important and beautifully printed edition. With parallel text in Greek and Latin; printed in double columns, title printed in red and black, with engraved vignette of Pegasus, with woodcut head- and tail-pieces and with a folio presentation page beautifully printed and unique to this volume. Folio, in a fine binding of contemporary vellum, the covers with gilts coats of arms at the center, probably Dutch, surrounded by a wide gilt rolled panel with gilt corner devices, the spine with raised bands. (3 ff), (20), (1), 943, (72, index and appendix). A SUPERB PRINTING AND IMPORTANT COPY OF THIS LUXURIOUSLY PRODUCED WORK. A SUPERB PRINTING AND MAGNIFICENT COPY OF THIS LUXURIOUSLY PRODUCED WORK. WITH FINE GILT COATS OF ARMS AT THE CENTERS OF THE COVERS AND WITH A UNIQUE FOLIO PRESENTATION PAGE. "The great original authority on Greece." Pausanias, probably a native of Lydia, lived in the second century A.D.--the time of Hadrian, Antoninus Pius and Marcus Aurelius--and his work takes the form of a tour in the Peloponnesus and in part of northern Greece. It has no formal preface or introduction, but begins suddenly with the promontory of Sunium, the first point in Greece that would be seen by the voyager from Turkey, and it ends abruptly with an anecdote of a blind man of Naupactus. While following a strictly topographical order, Pausanias provides historical backgrounds and gives descriptions of memorials, religious art and architecture, interesting superstitions and customs of the people, and occasional notes on the natural features of products of a region. The accuracy of Pausanias' descriptions has been borne out by the remains of the buildings he describes. The most dramatic example of this is a note regarding the Lion-gate and the existing circuit wall of the Acropolis at Mycenae, in which the author mentions some tombs "within the wall." Heinrich Schliemann, following this hint, found the tombs during his excavations in the late nineteenth century. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: [Title in Greek and in Latin] GRAECIAE ...
Publisher: Leipzig Thomas Fritsch 1696
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