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Author Name    Sextus Empiricus

Title   Sextou Empeirikou Ta sozomena. Sexti Empirici opera quae extant. Magno ingenii acumine scripti, Pyrrhoniarum Hypotyposeon libri 3. Quibus in tres philosophiae partes acerrimè inquiritur, Henrico Stephano interprete Adversus mathematicos, hoc est, eos qui Editio Princeps

Binding   Vellum

Book Condition   Good with no dust jacket

Edition   First Edition

Publisher   Orleans Peter & Jacob Chouet 1621

Seller ID   8558

A very scarce copy, the first edition of the Greek text, with Stephanus’ and Hervet’s Latin translation in parallel, of the philosopher Sextus Empiricus. , one of the most influential of ancient thinkers, the father of philosophical scepticism. In a large, handsome vellum folio, from 1621. Engraved title-vignette, large woodcut initials and head and tail pieces to first leaves. (xx), 168, 520, (xlii) pp. In good antiquarian condition, in an early or contemporary full vellum binding which is a bit grubby, some cracking and tearing of the vellum at the top and bottom spine. Interior has institutional library stamps, an owner inscription on the first blank, the second blank is missing the bottom 1/3 of the page and is covered in extensive notes in Latin and Greek in an old hand, with a date and an owner’s name (which I cannot read). Title page has an owner inscription dated 1674 along with some old library marks. Paper is browning and there is some neat scholarly small marginalia throughout with occasional underlining (neat and faint). There is some very faint humidity staining at the back but otherwise this scarce volume is clean and unmarked, binding very sturdy. An influential Latin translation of Sextus's Outlines was published by Henricus Stephanus in Geneva in 1562,[and this was followed by a complete Latin Sextus with Gentian Hervet as translator in 1569. Petrus and Jacobus Chouet published the Greek text for the first time in 1621. The Greek is printed in the left column with a parallel Latin translation in the right column, reproducing Stephanus’ and Hervetus’ Latin translations. “The edition also includes Diogenes Laertius’ Pyrrhonis Vita on page 481-95 and Galen’s De optimo docendi genere liber on 497-503; and in an appendix we find Stephanus’ commentaries both on Sextus, on pp 505-520, and on Laertius p 521…There are very useful indices…According to Greaves…the Chouet edition is based on Turin, Biblioteca Nazionale Universitaria ms…”; Folio 13" - 23" tall

Price = 1499.00 USD


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