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    Zwinger's Enormous History of Mankind

    Theodor Zwinger. Theatrum humanae vitae... Basel: Sebastian Henricpetri, 1604. Later edition. Twenty-nine parts in five folio volumes. [40], 1080; [2], 1085-2198; [2], 2203-3246; [2], 3251-4226; [4] 4429-4374, [608] pages. Contemporary blind-tooled pigskin over wooden boards with the date 1605 in the tooling. Lacks all but three of the clasps; three volumes are missing leather from spines in lower compartment; worming in all volumes; stamps with deaccession marks of Bibliotek Girard and University of Leipzig. Still, very good. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
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    Zwinger, Theodor. Theatrum humanae vitae... Basle: Sebastian Henricpetri. 1604. Folio 370 x 230mm. 29 parts in 5 vols. [40], 1080; [2], 1085-2198; [2], 2203-3246; [2], 3251-4226; [4] 4429-4374, [608]p. Contemp. blind-tooled pigskin over wooden boards with the date 1605 in the tooling; lacks all but three of the clasps; three volumes are missing leather from spines in lower compartment; worming in all volumes; stamps with deaccession marks of Bibliotek Girard & University of Leipzig Zwinger (1533-1588) Swiss professor at the University of Basel.Student of Ramus and prolific author and editor on a variety of humanist topics.
    The interest of early modern printers and readers in the compilation of historical particulars, even on a large and expensive scale, is clear.... But, Theodor Zwinger, whose Theatrum humanae vitae was a most impressive contribution to the genre both for its size and its longevity, provides a detailed discussion of the subject, form, and goals of his work... The Theatrum in its three editions frames a lifetime of exceptionally open-minded and wide-ranging teaching, reading, and writing, especially informed by medicine, ethics, and history." [Ann Blair, Historia in Zwinger's Theatrum" in Historia: Empiraciscm and erudition in Early Modern Europe, ed. G. Pomata & N. Sirasi,2005] VD 17 23:26153T. Thorndike VIII,271, Hirsch-H. V,1056. Zischka XXXIII & 133. Encyclopedia. Reference. Exempla. History



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