Valuable edition of the "Vitae" by Plutarch of Cheronea (46-120 AD). Beautiful woodcut frame with medallions with portraits of famous characters of antiquity, numerous woodblock cartoons sometimes divided into two skits for each character described
Making his own an idea already implemented by other ancient writers, he narrates the lives of great Greek characters, each contrasting them to that of a Roman.
Nice specimen. Missing BMC and Adams. Sander 5792. Essling 600.
Plutarch (in ancient Greek: Πλούταρχος Ploútarchos, pronunciation: [ˈplu: tarkʰos]; Chaeronea, 46 AD / 48 AD - Delphi, 125 AD / 127 AD) was an ancient Greek biographer, writer, philosopher and priest, who lived under the Roman Empire.
He studied in Athens and was heavily influenced by Plato's philosophy. His most famous work is the Lives of illustrious men, biographies of the most famous characters of the Greco-Roman classicism. It is difficult to establish the order in which Plutarch wrote the Parallel Lives, nor is any guarantee offered to us by the codes or by the Lampria catalog itself. In particular, we have received two reviews, the first of which is bipartite and is believed to follow a chronological criterion according to the time in which the Greek characters whose biography is narrated lived; the other review arrived is, however, tripartite and it seems that the ordering criterion is that of the origin of the Greek characters: first the Athenians, in the middle characters of different origins, such as the Syracusans, and lastly the Spartan kings. The tripartite review would seem to predate the bipartite
Contemporary binding in full parchment, titles in gold on false cuffs on the smooth spine. (2); 1098; (2) (numerous errors in numbering, but complete). Title enclosed in a woodcut border with medallions with portraits of famous characters of antiquity, numerous woodblock cartoons sometimes divided into two skits for each character described, to which the full written name often acts as a counterpoint. The translation into Italian is by Battista Alessandro Giaconello di Rieti, (see Adams P-1628).
FULL TITLES & AUTHORS
Plutarcho's lives translated from Greek to Latin & from Latin to vernacular. Newly corrected by many errors: & with his reprinted histories.
IN VINEGIA, FOR BERNARDINO DI BINDONI MILANESE, 1537 (AT FRONTESPIZIO) AND 1538 (AT THE END).
Plutarch of Chaeronea
Battista Alessandro Giaconello of Rieti (translator)
- Number of Books
- Author/ Illustrator
- Book Title
- Le vite di Plutarcho di greco in latino & di latino in volgare tradotte
- Publication year oldest item
- Illustrated Edition
- Original language
- IN VINEGIA, PER BERNARDINO DI BINDONI MILANESE
- Binding/ Material
- tipped in plates
- Number of pages
- 172×123 mm