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Works, in Greek. Tragoediae Octodecim. Hecuba, Orestes, Phoenissae, Medea, Hippolytus, Alcestis, Andromache, Supplices, Iphigenia in Aulide, Iphigenia in Tauris, Rhesus, Troades, Bacchae, Cyclops, Heraclidae, Helena, Ion, Hercules Furens.

Euripides (484-406 B.C.)

Published by per Ioannem Hervagium,, Basel:, 1551
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Octavo: *8, a-z8, aa-zz8, Aa-Ll8 2179D Euripides (484-406 B.C.) The First Complete Edition of All of Euripides? Extant TragediesIn Contemporary Pigskin The text is printed entirely in Greek, introduced by a Latin letter by Johannes Oporinus (who oversaw the production of this edition), five Greek Epigrams, lives of Euripides by Manuel Moschopoulos and Thomas Magister, and a brief monograph on the "eidolon" by Moschopoulos (this essay precedes the "Hecuba" in which the "ghost" of Polydoros sings the prologue.)The Aldine ?editio princeps? of 1503 and Herwagen?s previous two editions of Euripides (1537 and 1544) comprised eighteen tragedies in Greek. This edition, Herwagen?s edition of 1551, was the first edition to include the Elektra, making this the first complete edition of the tragedies in Greek. The Greek text of the Elektra, edited by Pietro Vettori, was first printed in Rome in 1545, one year after the second Herwagen edition of the eighteen tragedies. Although the Elektra is included in the present edition, it is not listed on the title page -and the title still reads ?eighteen tragedies? instead of nineteen. The Elektra is printed last in the volume and is introduced by Vettori?s introductory epistle from his edition of 1545.Vettori, an important Italian humanist, played an important role in the development of renaissance methods of critical philological study and the comparative study of manuscripts in particular. While collating manuscripts of the Greek tragedians under Vettori?s direction, his disciples, Girolamo Mei and Bartolomeo Barbadori, discovered the manuscript of Euripides? Elektra and an important manuscript of Aeschylus that supplied the missing parts of Agamemnon, which Vettori used to prove that Agamemnon and the Choephoroe were two separate plays. Vettori published the Elektra in 1545 and the first complete text of the Oresteia in 1557. Adams E1033; Dibdin (2nd ed.) p138; Hoffmann II, 68 650 Bound in a contemporary, signed and dated, German binding of alum-tawed pigskin over wooden boards. The binding is ruled in blind and stamped with the date ?1558?and the initials ?IKM? The boards are decorated with repeating rolls of the three graces (Fides, Spes, Charitas). The binding is in excellent condition. The clasps and catches have been renewed. Aside from a paper repair to the blank lower corner of the title page and a few neat marginal annotations, the text is clean and devoid of defects. A fine, wide-margined copy of this important edition. THE FIRST COMPLETE EDITION OF EURIPIDES? EXTANT TRAGEDIES. This is the third Herwagen edition and the fourth overall edition of Euripides' tragedies in Greek, preceded only by the Aldine of 1503 and the first 2 Herwagen editions of 1537 and 1544. Bookseller Inventory # 2179D

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Title: Works, in Greek. Tragoediae Octodecim. ...

Publisher: per Ioannem Hervagium,, Basel:

Publication Date: 1551

Binding: Hardcover

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