Brunck's Analecta Veterum Poetarum Graecorum

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Brunck's Analecta Veterum Poetarum Graecorum

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ANALECTA VETERUM POETARUM GRAECORUM. EDITORE. BY RICHARD FRANCOIS PHILIPPE BRUNCK. TOM. I, II & III. THREE BOOKS. Argentorati [Strasbourg], France : Apudio. gothofr. Bauer & Socium. Bibliopolas, 1772-6. First Edition. Very Rare.

A complete matching First Edition of this classic edition of the "Greek Anthology", the best and most comprehensive edition available for generations of scholars, famous for its rarity and for its importance to scholars. These books are complete with all text, with the original covers and with recently rebacked spines, all solidly bound. These books come from the collection of the Yale scholar Geoffrey Hartman, with some neat pencilled scholarly notations in the text; with handwritten indices tipped in at the front of the books. The paper is in excellent condition, thick and creamy strong paper, with little browning, quite strong and supple and with untrimmed page edges. Published more than 240 years ago, this First Edition set is now exceedingly rare and highly sought-after. There are no other copies of any of these books listed for sale on the internet, worldwide, at any price, nor of any other old edition of this monumental work. I have found one auction listing for this work, a 3-volume set sold by Christie's in 2014 for $2750. This set should also be quite valuable.

From the Text: "EX omnibus antiqui aevi monumentis, quae abolevit odiosa barbaries, vix ullum extitiffe reor, quod perisse tam acerbo luctu nobis dolendum fit, quam nativi Graecorum ingenii multiplicem ilum foetum, farraginem illam Odarum, Epigrammatum, Elegiarum, aliorumque Idylliorum, quae passim memoriae hominum commissa, lapidibus insculpta, aut fugitivis chartis mandata collegit olim Meleager Syrus. In eam poetarum, quotquot ab ultima fuerunt poetices origine usque ad suam aetatem optimi, selectos congesserat flores, veraeque ANOOAOTIAE? conditor, quum singulos poetas singulis contuilisset floribus, opus ipsum CORONAE insivgnivit titulo. Quali hac in re judicio fuerti usus facile existimabit, qui poetae ipsius elegantis & artguti reliquias legerit. Illius inductus exempor CL. circiter post annos Philipus Thessalonicensis, quum ad senectutem quidem jam vergeret Graecia, sed vegeta adhuc, feliciumque ingeniorum ubertate nondum effoeta, veteris saporis retineret sermonem, a poetis, qui post Meleagrum vixere, quiquid suit in eodem genere excellentius prolatum conquisivist, iisque florum similibus distinctis insignibus, CORONAM alteram texuit, quae, ut post vernos flores autumnalibus etiam sua constat gratia, priori illi subnecti meruit. Has carminum collectoines si quis alicubi latitantes reperiret, nae ille quantivis pretii thesaurum nancifcereteur. In iis integra legerentur Idyllia nobilisimorum singendi & dicendi artificio poetarum, quos mirata est & in deliciis habuit omnis antiquitas, quorumque cum ob veterem famam veneramur nomina, tum ob pauca quae supersunt fragmenta, quae partim major vel minori diligentia collecta, partim adhuc in veterum philologorum & grammaticorum scriptis sparsa, deperditorum magis acendunt desiderium, quam aestimandi, quanti sit illa jactura, modum suppenditant. Mythologiae, historiae, geographiae, ssacris profanisque antiquis ritibus quam splendidam illae lucerent facem! quam mult aibi scitu digna & jucunda de artibus, quae tnato studio tantaque cum laude apud veteres exclutae, de iis, quae ad ipsarum artium & artificum notitiam spectant, reperirentur! Graecae linguae, cui cum Musis eadem est origo, qua jus a deplorando naufragio collectae tabulae paucas veteris gazae servarunt divitas, quam late extendernt fines illae CORONAE!..."

According to wikipedia: "The Greek Anthology (Latin: Anthologia Graeca) is a collection of poems, mostly epigrams, that span the classical and Byzantine periods of Greek literature. Most of the material of the Greek Anthology comes from two manuscripts, the Palatine Anthology of the 10th century and the Anthology of Planudes (or Planudean Anthology) of the 14th century... the earliest known anthology in Greek was compiled by Meleager of Gadara in the first century BC, under the title Anthologia, or "Garland." It contained poems by the compiler himself and forty-six other poets, including Archilochus, Alcaeus, Anacreon, and Simonides. In his preface to his collection, Meleager describes his arrangement of poems as if it were a head-band or garland of flowers woven together in a tour de force that made the word "Anthology" a synonym for a collection of literary works for future generations... The definitive edition was made by Constantine Cephalas in the 10th century, who added a number of other collections: homoerotic verse collected by Straton of Sardis in the 2nd century AD; a collection of Christian epigrams found in churches; a collection of satirical and convivial epigrams collected by Diogenianus; Christodorus' description of statues in the Byzantine gymnasium of Zeuxippos; and a collection of inscriptions from a temple in Cyzicus.The scholar Maximus Planudes also made an edition of the Greek Anthology, which while adding some poems, primarily deleting or bowdlerizing many of the poems he felt were too explicit. His anthology was the only one known to Western Europe (his autograph copy, dated 1301 survives; the first edition based on his collection was printed in 1494) until 1606 when Claudius Salmasius found in the library at Heidelberg a fuller collection based on Cephalas. The copy made by Salmasius was not, however, published until 1776, when Richard François Philippe Brunck included it in his Analecta. The first critical edition was that of F. Jacobs (13 vols. 1794–1803; revised 1813–17). Since its transmission to the rest of Europe, the Greek Anthology has left a deep impression on its readers. In a 1971 article on Robin Skelton's translation of a selection of poems from the Anthology, a reviewer for the Times Literary Supplement wrote, "The time of life does not exist when it is impossible to discover in it a masterly poem one had never seen before." Its influence can be seen on writers as diverse as Propertius, Ezra Pound and Edgar Lee Masters. Since full and uncensored English translations became available at the end of the 20th century, its influence has widened still further..."

According to Wikipedia: "Richard François Philippe Brunck (30 December 1729 – 12 June 1803) was a French classical scholar. Brunck was born in Strasbourg, France, educated at the Jesuits' College in Paris, and took part in the Seven Years' War as military commissary. At the age of thirty he returned to Strasbourg to resume his studies, especially Greek. He spent considerable sums of money in publishing editions of the Greek classics. The first work he edited was the Anthologia Graeca or Analecta veterum Poetarum Graecorum (1772–1776), in which his innovations on the established mode of criticism startled European scholars. As an editor, he made no commentaries, but occupied himself only with the text. Persuaded that all faults in the language of the Greek poets came from the carelessness of copyists, wherever it seemed to him that an obscure or difficult passage might be made intelligible and easy by a change of text, he did not scruple to make the necessary alterations, whether the new reading were supported by manuscript authority or not. He became a member of the Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres in 1777. Other works by him are editions of Anacreon (1778), several plays of the Greek tragedians, Apollonius Rhodius (1780), Aristophanes, with an excellent Latin translation (1781–1783), Gnomici poetae Graeci (1784), Sophocles (1786),[1] with Latin translation, a work for which he received a pension of 2,000 francs from the king. He also published editions of Virgil (1785), Plautus (1788) and Terence (1797). At the outbreak of the French Revolution, in which he took an active part, Brunck was imprisoned at Besançon, and lost his pension, being reduced to such extremities that he was obliged to sell a portion of his library. In 1802 his pension was restored to him, but too late to prevent the sale of the remainder of his books."


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Three very thick Octavo - sized hardcover books; [xxxiv + 505] + 529 + [334 + 319] pages of text with many decorations. Very Good & Good+ condition: pencilled scholarly notations within text; handwritten indices tipped in at front ofof the first 2 volumes; front blank page nearly detached in vol. i; paper is creamy and white, with little browning; page edges untrimmed; no ownership markings. Original covers, with fraying to corners and edges and light scuffing; with recent plain brown cloth spines. A set of three solid and attractive books. 

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