Western and Oriental Manuscripts and Miniatures | 06 December 2017

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104

Dio Chrysostom, Di Omero e dell’ Omerica Poesia

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Est: £800–1200

Dio Chrysostom, Di Omero e dell’ Omerica Poesia, tratti dal Greco (on Homer and Homeric Poetry, taken from the Greek) with other texts by Maximus of Tyre on Plato and Homeric Philosophy, Dionysius of Halicarnassus and Philostratus , in Italian, illustrated manuscript on paper [Italy (probably Tuscany), early eighteenth century]

294 leaves (plus a paper endleaf at front, and 2 at back), evidently complete, catchwords on every text leaf, contemporary pagination 1-346, and then 1-229, single column of 22 lines in several good and legible Italian bookhands, titles in larger script, title-page in well-executed black and red capitals arranged in rows of descending size, 3 full-page pen-drawn miniatures: (i) Apollo and Homer as 2 Classical figures standing within an architectural roundel above an inscription “Homerus Apollini ab Chiis appositus”, before title page; (ii) marble bust of Homer in a leafy landscape, leaf after title page; (iii) female bust in profile with initials ‘KP’ within a medallion, above inscription “Critheis Homeri Mater” identifying her as the Criteide nymph, thought to be Homer’s mother, some small spots and stains, first gathering loose at base, and binding attachment loosening at front of volume, else good condition, 170 by 105mm.; contemporary binding of limp parchment over pasteboards, title in gilt “Discorsi Sopra Ome T.III” on spine with gilt foliate stamps there, some worm, joints worn

This finely prepared manuscript volume contains several ‘sermone’ or discussions of Greek Classical authors and their works, “transportati in lingua Toscana” from the original Greek. These include those of the philosopher and rhetorician Dio Chrysostom (c . 40-115 AD.; here “Dione Crisostono”) on Homer, that author and Socrates, kings in his works and the city of Troy, taken from the printing of the same by Manuzzio in 1551. To these have been added works of the rhetorician Maximus of Tyre (fl . second century AD.; here “Massimo Tirio”, perhaps taken from the translation of Piero de ‘Bardi in Venice in 1642), and an index of Classical references at end.

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