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    Gelenius' Editio Princeps of Philo

    [Sigismund Gelenius, editor]. Philo Judeaus. Opera Exegetica in libros Mosis, De Mundi opificio, historicos & legales, quae partim ab Adriano Turnebo...partim a Davide Hoeschelio...edita & illustrata sunt...Nunc Græce & Latine in lucem emissa ex accuratissima Sigismundi Gelenii interpretatione. Geneva: Petrus de la Roviere, 1613. Editio princeps of the complete works. Greek and Latin text in parallel columns. Folio. *6, A-4E6, 4F8,*-2*6. [12], 904, [24] pages. Engraved title-page with various mythological figures represented with grotesques. Elaborate head-pieces and tail-piece and decorated initials. Old vellum, tears at top of hinges, boards soiled with corners bumped, title in gilt on spine with a small tear, "6Γ" written neatly in pen on spine. Pen inscription on front pastedown and small pen marks on rear pastedown. Previous owner's name written in pen on the title page. Some dampstains, foxing and browning. Some pencil notes in margins of opening leaves, else very good. Goodenough and Goodheart, Philo, 398. Caillet 8611 "Excellente édition de texte grec... ". Hoffmann III, 67. Graesse V, 269. Brunet IV, 614. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
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    [Sigismund Gelenius, editor]. Philo Judeaus. Opera Exegetica in libros Mosis, De Mundi opificio, historicos & legales, quae partim ab Adriano Turnebo...partim a Davide Hoeschelio...edita & illustrata sunt...Nunc Græce & Latine in lucem emissa ex accuratissima Sigismundi Gelenii interpretatione. Geneva: Petrus de la Roviere, 1613.

    Editio princeps of the complete works. Greek and Latin text in parallel columns. Folio. *6, A-4E6, 4F8,*-2*6. [12], 904, [24] pages. Engraved title-page with various mythological figures represented with grotesques. Elaborate head-pieces and tail-piece and decorated initials. Old vellum, tears at top of hinges, boards soiled with corners bumped, title in gilt on spine with a small tear, "6?" written neatly in pen on spine. Pen inscription on front pastedown and small pen marks on rear pastedown. Previous owner's name written in pen on the title page. Some dampstains, foxing and browning. Some pencil notes in margins of opening leaves, else very good.  

    Philo of Alexandria (circa 25 B.C. - circa 50 A.D.), a Hellenized Jew, was known for his two embassies to the imperial court at Rome as well as his love for Platonic philosophy. His own thoughts are the fusion between a high ethical monotheism and the transcendentalist theology of Platonism, and they laid the groundwork for the Christian philosophy which was to follow. His mystical Platonism was to influence Christian Neo-Platonism. 

    Gelenius (circa 1498-1554), a native of Prague, was a specialist in Greek, working for the Froben Press (Basel) as scholar, editor, corrector, and translator from the Greek.  He is closely associated with both Erasmus and Melancthon, even dedicating his edition of Aristophanes to the latter, and is noted for his editions of Josephus, Appian, Velleius Paterculus, etc. as well as his edition of Philo which is offered here. There is also evidence that he also collaborated on several editions of Erasmus.

    Goodenough and Goodheart, Philo, 398. Caillet 8611 "Excellente édition de texte grec. ". Hoffmann III, 67. Graesse V, 269. Brunet IV, 614.



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