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    The First Greek Edition of Josephus

    Flavius Josephus. [Greek Title] Opera. Basel: Froben, 1544. First Greek Edition. Folio. *6, a-z, A-2H6, 2I4, 2K-2Z, AA-MM6. [12], 967 pages. Title-page in red and black, Froben device in red on title-page and on verso of last leaf. Modern calf backed marbled boards, banded spine, edges red. Signature "Dulac 1872" on title-page. Title-page repaired at foot (no text affected) and rehinged, pinworm holes at foot in blank margin, otherwise a fine, lean, crisp copy on excellent paper. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
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    Arlenius of Brabant was a pupil of Gyraldus and also produced the first Greek edition of Lycophron as well as an important edition of Polybius. He organized the collection of manuscripts owned by Diego Hurtado Mendoza, the envoy of Charles V at Venice, from whose library he obtained the manuscript to produce this edition.

    Adams J352. BM STC (German) 463. Graesse II, 480. Brunet III, 569, "assez rare." Ebert 10897, "Scarce and fine." Hoffman II, 443. Dibdin II, 130, "beautiful and rare." Hardwood 76, "one of the noblest and most venerable old books I ever saw." Fabricius, Graeca, IV, 242.

    Josephus, Flavius. [Greek Title] Opera. Basle: Froben, 1544. Folio. *6,a-z,A-2H6,2I4,2K-2Z,AA-MM6. [12],967pp. Modern calf backed, marbled boards, banded spine,edges red; signature "Dulac 1872" on t.p., t.p. repaired at foot (no text affected) and rehinged, pinworm holes at foot in blank margin, otherwise a fine, lean, crisp copy on excellent paper. T.p. in red and black, Froben device in red on t.p., and on verso of last leaf. Editio princeps. First Greek Edition. Flavius Josephus (b. 37/8 A.D.), a Jewish priest and Pharisee, was put in command of the Jewish resistance in Galilee at the time of revolt against Rome, but was captured at Jotapata; his life was spared when he predicted that Vespasian would become emperor. His works are an indispensable source on first century Jewish life and history: the Jewish Antiquities explaining to the Romans the history of the Jews from Creation to the revolt of A.D.66, the Jewish Wars explaining the history of the wars from the Maccabean revolt to 66 A.D. to the Mesopotamian Jews, and the Contra Apion defending Judaism against the misstatements of anti-semitic writers from the third century B.C. to Apion.
    Arlenius of Brabant was a pupil of Gyraldus and also produced the first Greek edition of Lycophron as well as an important edition of Polybius. He organized the collection of manuscripts owned by Diego Hurtado Mendoza, the envoy of Charles V at Venice, from who's library he obtained the manuscript to produce this edition. Adams J352.BM STC (German) 463. Graesse II,480. Brunet III,569 "assez rare." Ebert 10897 "Scarce & fine." Hoffman II,443. Dibdin II,130 "beautiful and rare." Hardwood 76 "one of the noblest and most venerable old books I ever saw." Fabricius, Graeca, IV,242.
    Classics. Greek. Judaica. Rome. History.



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