Stephen Prevosteau, 1583. Hard cover. Good / No jacket. Item #89385
Editio princeps of the commentary on the Golden Verses of Pythagoras, an attempt to show the agreement between the doctrines of Plato and Aristotle and to refute the systems of the Epicureans and Stoics. Fifth-century Neoplatonist Hierocles (fl. 430) is often regarded as the first exponent of the Alexandrian school of Platonism; this is his only complete work to have survived and become very popular in the Middle Ages and Renaissance with the increased interest in Neo-Platonism. Latin translations of the the commentary were printed as early as 1474 (Padua) and 1475 (Rome), but this is the first edition of the Greek text to appear and was produced from a manuscript in the library of Francois de la Rochefoucault-Randon.
14 by 8.5 cm bound in leather with modestly decorated spine. Strong binding. Covers rubbed with some chipping, all corners bumped and worn. Inside pages lightly tanned but otherwise clean and unmarked. Discoloration on inside front and back covers, one line of Greek written across title page. Very small hole through title page and page after, otherwise none. Ornamental woodcut head-pieces and initials.
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