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Epistolarum Graecarum Collectio. Edited by Marcus Musurus
1499, March
€8.000 - €12.000

2 parts in 1 vol. in-4to, [137] + [264] ff, entirely printed in Greek. No pagination. Initial spaces with guide-letters. Magnificent dark blue long-grained morocco binding, with richly gilt spine, gilt decoration around the covers, gilt inner dentelles, red moire silk endpapers. Signed by P. Bozerian le jeune. All edges gilt

"Superb copy. Marcus Musurus (c.1470-1517), was a Byzantine scholar born in Candia. From 1493, he was associated with the famous printer Aldus Manutius. Musuros' handwriting reportedly formed the model of Aldus' Greek type. He brought together 35 authors in his extensive collection, ranging from Plato, Isocrates and Aeschines from antiquity to 4th-century authors such as Gregory of Nazianzus and later to Procopius of Gaza. Also included are Synesius, Aristotle, Alexander the Great, and St. Basil; other letters are spurious or of doubtful authorship, such as those by Hippocrates and Euripides. The Aldine Epistolae Graecae 'was not replaced by an equally useful collection until 1873, the date of R. Hercher's Epistolographi graeci' (Wilson, Byzantium to Italy, p.150) Provenance: according to a pencil note, this was Renouard's own copy. Ref. HC *6659; GW 9367; BMC V, 560; IGI 3707; Renouard Alde, p.18, 1; Goff E-64"