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Aristophanes: (Burman, Pieter II, ed.:) (Bergler, S.; Duker, K.A.:)

Comoediae undecim, Graece et Latine [...]

Aristophanes: (Burman, Pieter II, ed.:) (Bergler, S.; Duker, K.A.:)

Comoediae undecim, Graece et Latine [...] 1760

Description

First edition thus. 2 vols. in 1, 4to., pp. [vi], 34, 567, [i]; [iv] 572-1259 [i]. Half-title to vol. I., title-pages in red and black with engraved vignettes to vols. I & II, engraved initials and decorations. Very light sporadic foxing. Near-contemporary prize binding, gilt spine with raised bands; gilt border, frame and Amsterdam coat-of-arms centrepiece to each board. Edges lightly sprinkled blue and red, slight remains of green silk ties to fore-edges, now lost. Vellum now a bit darkened but still very attractive Dutch presentation binding.

Provenance

School presentation certificate bound in at front. Letterpress printed and completed by hand, with engraved Amsterdam coat-of-arms. Inscribed to Wilhelm Röell and dated 20th April 1810.

Bibliography

Dibdin (4th edn.) I 301. Schweiger I 46.

Footnote

Edited by Pieter II Burman (1714-1778), this printing of Aristophanes’s plays contains the hitherto unpublished notes of the colourful Greek scholar Stephan Bergler (c.1680-1740). Bergler, born in Brasov in Transylvania, was secretary in Bucharest to Nicholas Mavrocordato, Prince of Wallachia. He “made many enemies by his dissipated habits and cynical disposition” and according to rumour converted to Islam in Istanbul (‘Ency. Brit.’ 11th edn.; see also preface to the present book, p. 3 ff., and NBG).
Dibdin observes that the ‘notes of Bergler are very good, and the edition is correctly printed.’