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Geoponica, Greek.- Γεωπονικα. De re rustica selectorum libri XX. Graeci, Constantino quidem Caesari nuncupati, ... Io Alexandri Brassicani opera in lucem editi... Item, Aristotelis De plantis libri duo, collation: α-γ8, a-z8, A-L8, M4, text in Greek, woodcut decorative initials, woodcut printer's device at end, some contemporary ink marginalia in two different hands in Latin and Greek, contemporary German blind-tooled calf over bevelled wooden pasteboards, spine in compartments, remains of metal clasps, 8vo (171 x 103mm.), Basel, Robert Winter, 1539.

⁂ The rare editio princeps, in a fine German binding, of the famous Geoponika, a Byzantine compilation on agriculture which was at the age attributed to Emperor Constantinus VII Porphyrogenitus. The volume was once owned by the English classical scholar John Price, who in 1635 published in Paris an edition of the Apologia by Apuleius. After 1652 he moved to Florence, where worked in the service of the Grand Duke Ferdinand II de' medici, as a keeper of the medals, and taught Greek at the University of Pisa. In 1661 he settled at Rome, and - as a Catholic 'Anglo-Britannus' - was active under the patronage of Cardinal Francesco Barberini. It includes some notes in his hand.
Provenance: Rothamsted acquisition date 1918.
Literature: Adams G448; VD 16 C-1413; Schweiger I, 356.

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Geoponica, Greek.- , Γεωπο

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Auction Curated By:
Rupert Powell
International Head of Books and Works on Paper
Justin Phillips
Early and Continental Printing