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    The Editio Princeps of Gregoras

    Nicephorus Gregoras and Laonicos Chalcondylas. Romanae, hoc est Byzantinae historiae Libri XI: quibus res a Grecis Imperatorib. per annos CXLV, a Theodoro Lascari priore, usque ad Andronici Palaeologu posteriorus obitum gestae, describuntur, & Nicetae Accominati Choniatae...supplentur...His adjunximus Laonici Chalcocondylae Turcicam historia, Conrado Clausero Tigurino interprte... Philippi Gundelli exemplar emendum. Ita quator his scrptoribus, Zonara, Choniate, Gregora, Chalcocondyla coniunctis... Basel: Johann Oporinus, 1562. Editio Princeps of Gregoras. Folio. 8, a-y6, z4, A-N6, O8. [12], 533, [38], [2] pages. Modern calf-backed marbled boards, old owner's inscription on title-page in a fine hand. Large Oporinus device on title-page, four full-page woodcuts of Byzantine emperors, large colophon of figure with violin and dolphin on verso of last leaf; decorated and historiated initials. A fine copy. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
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    "The first part is the first edition of the first eleven books of Byzantine history, being the principal work of the historian Nicephorus Gregoras (1295-1359). He was the greatest of the writers who flourished during the last two centuries of Byzantine history. The second part is the ten books of Chalcondylas' Turkish history, the only Athenian work in Byzantine literature. The editor and translator, Hieronymus Wolf, was librarian to the Fugger family of Augsburg, and the work is dedicated to Anton Fugger." (Blackmer Catalogue).

    VD 16 G3005 and VD 16 C2006. Adams G1082. Hoffmann II, 624. Blackmer 141. Navari 748. Legrand, Hellenique, 614 ("Edition peu commune").

    Gregoras Nicephorus & Laonicos Chalcondylas. Romanae, hoc est Byzantinae historiae Libri XI: quibus res a Grecis Imperatorib. per annos CXLV, a Theodoro Lascari priore, usque ad Andronici Palaeologu posteriorus obitum gestae, describuntur, & Nicetae Accominati Choniatae...supplentur...His adjunximus Laonici Chalcocondylae Turcicam historia, Conrado Clausero Tigurino interprte...Philippi Gundelli exemplar emendum. Ita quator his scrptoribus, Zonara, Choniate, Gregora, Chalcocondyla coniunctis...
    Basle: Johann Oporinus, 1562. Folio. 202 x 131mm. 8,a-y6,z4,A-N6,O8. [12],533,[38].[2]pp. Modern calf-backed marbled boards, old owner's inscription on t.p. in a fine hand .Fine copy. Large Oporinus device on t.p.,4 full-page woodcuts of Byzantine emperors, large colophon of figure with violin and dolphin on verso of last leaf; decorated and historiated initials. Editio Princeps of Gregoras. "The first part is the first edition of the first eleven books of Byzantine history, being the principal work of the historian Nicephorus Gregoras (1295-1359). He was the greatest ofthe writers who flourished during the last two centuries of Byzantine history. The second part is the ten books of Chalcondylas's Turkish history, the only Athenian work in Byzantine literature. The editor and translator, Hieronymus Wolf, was librarian to the Fugger family of Augsburg, and the work is dedicated to Anton Fugger." [Blackmer Cat.] The Blackmer copy brought £3500 in 1989! VD 16 G3005 & VD 16 C2006. . Adams G1082. Hoffmann II,624. Blackmer 141. Navari 748. Legrand, Hellenique, 614 "Edition peu commune." Classics. Greek. Byzantium. Turkey. Rome. History.



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