First Complete Edition in Greek of Appian's Roman History.
Appiani Alexandrini ΑΠΠΙΑΝΟΥ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΕΟΣ ΡΟΜΑΙΚΑ. Appiani Alexandrini Rom. Historiarum, Punica, sive Carthaginensis, Syriaca, Parthica, Mithridatica, Iberica, Annibalica, Celtica et Illyricae fragmenta quaedam. Item De bellis civilibus libri V. Henr. Steph. Annotationes Geneva. Exudebat Henricus Stephanus 1592
Folio. pp  x. 767.72. .. Title and text in Greek and Latin, woodcut device on title, with the final blank 17th-century Dutch vellum, red leather gilt label on spine, large blind-stamped arabesque on sides. Second, but first complete, edition in Greek of Appian's history of Rome's wars, external and civil, from the first Punic War until the death of Pompey. The Editio princeps published in 1551 did not include Iberico and Aniibalica as they were unknown at the time. Important also for Stephanus' Annotationes Piece of vellum missing from head of spine, upper joint cracking. Light toning and some scattered spotting; light damp stain to lower edges of pp1-428 far from text; lower corner lost p433; dampstain to lower corner of second part; Annotationesand index. otherwise generally crisp and clean.
Unidentified armorial bookplate with motto 'Avancez' and second of "L.A.Burd.":Lawrence Arthur Burd [1863 -1931]was a British public school teacher, expert on the works of Niccolò Machiavelli, and noted philatelist. Educated at Clifton college and Balliol he received his B.A. in 1885 and his M.A. in 1888. He spent a year travelling as a tutor to Lord Acton's son and in 1886 joined the teaching staff of Repton School where he stayed until he retired in 1923, becoming the Classical Sixth Form master. He stocked, almost from scratch, the school library there, making it one of the best in the country, and the Repton library building is still known as the The Burd Library.
Appian of Alexandria [AD 95 – c.AD 165] was a Roman historian of Greek origin who flourished during the reigns of Emperors of Rome Trajan, Hadrian, and Antoninus Pius.
Henri Estienne 1528 or 1531 – 1598), also known as Henricus Stephanus, was a 16th-century French printer and classical scholar. He was the eldest son of Robert Estienne. In 1554 he published at Paris his first independent work, the Anacreon. Then he went again to Italy, helping Aldus at Venice, discovering a copy of Diodorus Siculusat Rome, and returning to Geneva in 1555. In 1557 he seems to have had a printing establishment of his own. In the spirit of modern times, he advertised himself as the typographus parisiensis . The following year he assumed the title illustris viri Huldrici Fuggeri typographus from his patron, Ulrich Fugger. In 1559 Estienne assumed charge of his father's presses. He then distinguished himself as the publisher, editor, and collator of manuscripts. Works of Athenagoras of Athens,Aristotle, and Aeschylusappeared in 1557; Diodorus Siculus,1559; Xenophon, 1561; Sextus Empiricus, 1562; Thucydides, 1564; Herodotus, both 1566 and 1581; and Sophocles, in 1568. He improved old translations, or made new Latin translations, of many Greek authors. His most celebrated work, the Thesaurus graecae linguae or Greek thesaurus, appeared in four volumes in 1572, with a supplement in two volumes. This work was begun by his father and served up to the nineteenth century as the basis of Greek lexicography. His editions of the Greek New Testamentof 1576 and 1587 are noteworthy. The former contains the first scientific treatise on the language of the apostolic writers and the latter has a discussion of the ancient divisions of the text. In 1578 he published a famous edition of the complete works of Plato, translated by Jean de Serres, with commentary. This work is the source of the standard 'Stephanus numbers' used by scholars today to refer to the works of Plato. In 1594 he published a concordance of the New Testament, the preparatory studies for which his father had made.
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