UNCOMMON SIXTEENTH CENTURY EDITION OF THIS COLLECTION OF EPITHETS BY JOHANNES TEXTOR
Tixier, Jean. Epithetorum Ioannis Ravisii Textoris. Epitome. Lyon: Sebastian Gryphius, 1548.
8vo (159x105 mm), contemporary limp vellum, spine reinforced with 18th coloured paper, pp. 408 [the last is blank].
Uncommon Lyon edition of Tixier's celebrated philological work on Epithets.
This work, which appeared first in Paris in 1518 under the title "Specimen epithetorum", assumed in the reprint of Basel (1541) the definitive title of "Opus epithetorum." It was conceived as a register of the main Latin lemmas, arranged alphabetically, and enjoyed a large fortune, being several times reprinted and abridged for the use of students. Each "epithet" is accompanied by his references to the major Latin poets and prose writers from antiquity to the time of the author, and accompanied by his titles, with historical commentary explanation by Texier.
In this edition it is very curious the typographical prominence given to the voice Ebrietas (pp. 290-91).
Jean Tixier (Joannes Ravisius Textor, also known as "Ravisio" (about 1480-1524), famous French humanist, was the author of several popular works (such as "the Workshop"), some of which were reprinted until the seventeenth century.
References: No copy of this edition in ICCU. OCLC, 404995867 (only one copy in France). No copy in USA. Not in Adams, who quotes the Gryphius edition of 1558 (under Ravisius).