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    Herodotus. Herodoti Halicarnassei Historiae Libri IX: Et de Vita Homeri libellus. Frankfurt: Apud Andreae Wecheli heredes, Claudium Marnium & Ioan. Aubrium, 1595.

    Octavo (6.75 x 4.25 inches; 173 x 108 mm.). 630, [2, blank], [74, index], [1, errata], [1, blank] pages. With woodcut device on title, and several woodcut head-pieces and initials.

    Contemporary vellum, double-fillet borders rolled in blind, spine lettered in contemporary manuscript, three raised bands, semi-Yapp edges, all edges dyed blue. Contemporary ownership inscription on front pastedown. Some wear to extremities, exposing one inch of pasteboard at lower outer corner and a half an inch of pasteboard along lower edge of rear board. Overall a very good copy.

    A notably clean copy, in a lovely contemporary binding, of Herodotus' Historiae, translated into Latin by Lorenzo Valla (1405-1457), arguably one of the most important and certainly one of the best-known of the Italian humanists. This edition also includes a Latin translation of the Life of Homer by German humanist Konrad Heresbach (1496-1576), as well as Henri Estienne's celebrated Apologia pro Herodoto, first published in 1566, and really the first substantial work to counter longstanding charges of unreliability on the part of the ancient historian.
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