Skip to content

Lycophronis Chalcidensis Alexandra. Poëma obscurum. Ioannes Meursius recensuit, & libro commentario illustravit. Altera editio aucta & innovata. Accessit Iosephi Scaligeri Iulii Caes. F. versio centum locis emendatior.

Lycophronis Chalcidensis Alexandra. Poëma obscurum. Ioannes Meursius recensuit, & libro commentario illustravit. Altera editio aucta & innovata. Accessit Iosephi Scaligeri Iulii Caes. F. versio centum locis emendatior.

Click for full-size.

Lycophronis Chalcidensis Alexandra. Poëma obscurum. Ioannes Meursius recensuit, & libro commentario illustravit. Altera editio aucta & innovata. Accessit Iosephi Scaligeri Iulii Caes. F. versio centum locis emendatior.

by LYCOPHRON

  • Used
  • Hardcover
  • first
Condition
See description
Seller
Seller rating:
This seller has earned a 5 of 5 Stars rating from Biblio customers.
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands
Item Price
$1,375.25
Or just $1,353.25 with a
Bibliophiles Club Membership
$25.30 Shipping to USA
Standard delivery: 12 to 30 days

More Shipping Options

Payment Methods Accepted

  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • American Express
  • Discover
  • PayPal

About This Item

Leiden (Lugduni Batavorum), Ex officina Ludovici Elzevirii. 1599. 8vo. (XVI),350,(18 index) p. Calf (19th century) 16 cm (Ref: STCN ppn 15153098; Willems 39; Rahir 25; Berghman 835; Hoffmann 2,569; cf. Smitskamp, The Scaliger collection, no.93 for the first edition of 1597; Brunet 3,1247-1248; Ebert 12543; Graesse 4,309) (Details: Back elaborately gilt with four ornamental lozenges. Brown shield in the second 'campartment'. Boards with a triple gilt fillet border, and gilt edges. Edges of the book block sprinkled. Marbled endpapers. The colophon on the last page reads: 'Lugduni Batavorum. Excudebat Ioannes Balduini. VIII. Kal. Maias. anno 1599') (Condition: Nice copy, some slight wear to the extremities, just a bit of rubbing to the joints. Some small, old ink marginalia. Last gathering slightly browning, otherwise a clean and fresh copy) (Note: Lycophron, 3rd cent. BC, was called to Alexandria in Egypt by King Ptolemaeus Philadelphos. There this tragedian wrote his 'Alexandra' (or Kassandra), ca. 1474 iambic trimeters, in which Kassandra tells about the fall of Troy, and the fates of the Greek and Trojan Heroes. It is his only surviving work, which is full of the extreme and designed obscurity that the Alexandrians, who were fond of a style full of learned allusions and playful riddles, loved. Rose calls the 'Alexandra' a monstruous riddle. 'In form it is the speech of a messenger, a servant of Priam, (...), coming to tell his master that Kassandra (= Alexandra) has just delivered a mysterious oracle. (...) The prophecy concerns the whole history of Troy, the Trojans and their descendants, together with the fates of the Greeks for many generations to come, and from beginning to end it calls nothing and no one by any wellknown name, personal or geographical'. (H.J. Rose, A handbook of Greek literature', London 1964, p. 336). For instance, Lycophron calls the mythical hero Heracles the 'Lion of the triple evening', expecting the reader to know that Heracles, when he was begotten, the night was thrice its normal length. § This edition of 1599 is a revised and improved second edition. The first edition was produced two years earlier, in 1597, by the then 18 years old Dutchman Joannes Meursius, or in Dutch 'Jan van Meurs', 1579-1639. He was a student of the genius Joseph Justus Scaliger, born in 1540, who lectured since 1593 in Leiden, till his death in 1609. Scaliger helped and encouraged his pupil in the production of this edition. In the preface Meursius tells us that he wouldnot have dared to edit such a dark and difficult text without the help of Scaliger. Scaliger helped him with the commentary and gave him permission to reprint his verse translation, with corrections. This metrical and smooth Latin translation had been published previously in Basel in 1566. The last 251 pages of the book contain the commentary of Meursius, 'quod sine interprete vix est ut quisquam intellegat'. (preface, leaf A8 recto) Meursius was later appointed professor of History, and of Greek (1610/13) at his own university. He is best known for his editions of byzantine authors, and for the books he wrote on the history of ancient Greece, for example on festivals, Eleusis, and the antiquities of Athens and Attica. His work was widely used as source by later ancient historians. (Sandys 2,310/11)) (Collation: A-Z8 a8) (Photographs on request)

Reviews

(Log in or Create an Account first!)

You’re rating the book as a work, not the seller or the specific copy you purchased!

Details

Bookseller
Antiquariaat Fragmenta Selecta NL (NL)
Bookseller's Inventory #
152319
Title
Lycophronis Chalcidensis Alexandra. Poëma obscurum. Ioannes Meursius recensuit, & libro commentario illustravit. Altera editio aucta & innovata. Accessit Iosephi Scaligeri Iulii Caes. F. versio centum locis emendatior.
Author
LYCOPHRON
Book Condition
Used
Binding
Hardcover
Keywords
(Oude Druk) (Rare Books) Alexandra Cassandra Dutch imprints Greek literature Greek text Griechische Literatur J.J. Scaliger Kassandra Latin translation Lykophron Meursius antike altertum antiquity classical philology
Bookseller catalogs
Old and Rare books;

Terms of Sale

Antiquariaat Fragmenta Selecta

Books may be returned for any reason within 14 days of receipt. The book price will be refunded, if the book is returned in the same condition as sent, and packed, shipped and insured as received. A full refund including shipping costs will follow only if an item arrives misdescribed or damaged. Shipping estimates are based on books weighing 4.4 LB or 2 KG. If your book order is heavy or oversized, we will email you to let you know that extra shipping is required. All books are in good antiquarian condition, unless otherwise described. Items offered are subject to prior sale.

About the Seller

Antiquariaat Fragmenta Selecta

Seller rating:
This seller has earned a 5 of 5 Stars rating from Biblio customers.
Biblio member since 2009
AMSTERDAM

About Antiquariaat Fragmenta Selecta

Rare & Scholarly Books on Greek and Roman Antiquity, Byzantium, Middle Ages, Humanism and the Classical Heritage. Antiquarian booksellers since 1984.

Glossary

Some terminology that may be used in this description includes:

Edges
The collective of the top, fore and bottom edges of the text block of the book, being that part of the edges of the pages of a...
Gilt
The decorative application of gold or gold coloring to a portion of a book on the spine, edges of the text block, or an inlay in...
Marginalia
Marginalia, in brief, are notes written in the margins, or beside the text of a book by a previous owner. This is very...
First Edition
In book collecting, the first edition is the earliest published form of a book. A book may have more than one first edition in...
Calf
Calf or calf hide is a common form of leather binding. Calf binding is naturally a light brown but there are ways to treat the...
A.N.
The book is pristine and free of any defects, in the same condition as ...
Reprint
Any printing of a book which follows the original edition. By definition, a reprint is not a first edition.
Rubbing
Abrasion or wear to the surface. Usually used in reference to a book's boards or dust-jacket.
Colophon
The colophon contains information about a book's publisher, the typesetting, printer, and possibly even includes a printer's...

Frequently asked questions

This Book’s Categories

tracking-