Theophrasti characteres ethici graece, by THEOPHRASTUS (371-287 BC).CASAUBON, Isaac (1559-1614),…

CASAUBON, Isaac (1559-1614), translator.
PAUW, Johannes Cornelius de (1680-1749).

Theophrasti characteres ethici graece, cum versione latina Isaaci Casauboni et notis Joannis Cornelii de Pauw. Utrecht, Evelt, 1737.

8vo (158 x 95mm), pp. [40], 221, [3], woodcut title vignette, facing Greek and Latin text. Title a little dust-soiled and chipped to outer margin, light water stain to upper blank margin of first two gatherings, occasional slight marginal foxing, bound in contemporary vellum, all edges red, modern label with shelfmark to front pastedown, 18th-century bibliographical note to front free endpaper, autograph of J.H. Mordtmann dated 1871 to title.

A much praised edition of Thophrastus’s Characteres, a collection of thirty moral portraits of human types - such as the chatty, the reckless, the flatterer - written in Greek in the third century BC. This edition, ‘highly extolled by Fischer’, used Casaubon’s Latin version of 1592 with ‘various readings, conjectures, and emendations [...] inserted in the notes’ by Joannes de Pauw (Dibdin).
This copy belonged to the young J.H. Mordtmann (1852-1932), a German scholar and diplomat trained in classical languages, Arabic and epigraphy.

Dibdin II, 289; Brunet III, 798.

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