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    Polyaenus. [Greek Title:] Stratagematum Libri Octo. Lyon: Jean de Tournes, 1589. Krown & Spellman retail: $1000. Editio Princeps. First Greek Edition. 16mo in 8s. ¦8,a-z,A-2C8. [lacks 2C8 blank]. [16],754, [30]p. 18th century paper-backed paste-paper boards, rubbed, old stamp on f.f.e.p., small blank margin tear a1-3, minor foxing. Tournes crab device on t.p., angel device at end. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.

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    Polyaenus of the 2nd century A.D., wrote the Strstagemata, which is a collection of military ruses used in warfare. It was written in Greek and dedicated to Marcus Aurelius and Verus.

    "The book, which he calls 'a manual of the science of generalship' is illustrated by means of examples taken from the most ancient histories and from those of his own time. His materials were collected from sources many of which are now lost, so that his work is an important one, scanty as the details are." [Cockle]

    Casaubon, Isaac 1559-1614, classical scholar, was born in 1559 at Geneva... " [He] determined to make England his permanent home, took out letters of naturalisation, called England 'the isle of the blessed,' and so far identified himself with us as to speak to an Englishman of 'our ancestors.' He made the personal acquaintance of Grotius, who was then in England, and the acquaintance ripened into an enthusiastic friendship; and he found great delight in the society of Thomas Morton, afterwards the famous bishop of Durham." DNB Scaliger called Casaubon "the most learned man in Europe' and considered him as good a Greek scholar as he was himself.    Adams P1799. Cartier, de Tournes, 684. Hoffmann III,263. Cockle xxxvi. Dibdin II,174. "Isaac Casaubon was the first who gave us the Greek text of Polynaeus, from a very imperfect MS., which he procured at a great expense. The Preface affords an idea of the labour and trouble with which the work was composed."

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