Gaius Julius Hyginus & Thomas Muncker. [Fabulae] Hygini Quae hodie extant adcurante Joanne Scheffero... Qui simul adjecit Notas, hic admodum necessarias, cum Indice verborum... & Dissertatione, de vero hujus operis auctore. Accedut & Thomae Munckeri In Fabilas Hygini Annotationes. Hamburg & Amsterdam: Johannes Janssonius van Waesberge for Gotfried Schultze, 1674. Krown & Spellman retail: $850. First Scheffer Edition. 8vo. 2 parts in 1 vol. )(- 2)(8, 3)(4,A-2D8; *-2*8,a-d8,e4 (e 3&4 blank]. [42], 7-338,[94];[32],66 [4]p. Contemporary vellum, title in ms. on spine. Engraved extra-title by H. von Hensberg of balm man pointing at various heads on shelves, engraved t.p. vignettes. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.

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    "Gaius Julius Hyginus (ca. 64 BC - AD 17) was a Latin author, but whether a native of Spain or of Alexandria is not sure, a pupil of the famous Cornelius Alexander Polyhistor, and a freedman of Caesar Augustus, by whom he was made superintendent of the Palatine library, according to Suetonius...

    Fabulae consists of some three hundred very brief and plainly, even crudely told myths and celestial genealogies, valuable for the use made by an author characterized by his modern editor as adulescentem imperitum, semidoctum, stultum of the works of Greek writers of tragedy that are now lost. This school-boy compilation represents in primitive form what every educated Roman in the age of the Antonines was expected to know of Greek myth, at the simplest level. The Fabulae are a mine of information today, when so many more nuanced versions of the myths have been lost. In fact the text of Fabulae was all but lost: a single surviving manuscript from the abbey of Freising, in a Beneventan script datable c. 900, formed the material for the first printed edition, negligently and uncritically transcribed by Jacob Micyllus, 1535, who may have supplied it with the title we know it by. In the course of printing, following the usual practice, by which the manuscripts printed in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries have rarely survived their treatment at the printshop, the manuscript was pulled apart, and only two small fragments of it have turned up, significantly as stiffening in book bindings" [WKPD]

    Scheffer (1621-1679) held the chairs of eloquence, politics, and later, natural law at the University of Uppsala. He was the first librarian of the university, as well. He edited numerous editions of Greek and Latin texts.        VD 17 12:625735U (including 1:1047298F). STCN 167408. Schweiger I,464.   Classics.

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