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ATHENAEUS. Deipnosophistarum. Greek text, edited by Marcus Musurus. 38, , 294,  pages, including blank b10 and final leaf with Aldine device. Folio, 322x208 mm, early 19th-century calf gilt by François Bozerian, rebacked retaining original backstrip, front joint starting, hinges reinforced with cloth tape, cover corners worn through; title soiled with small crude repair in blank upper margin and stains from imperfectly washed inscriptions, o1.8 and r4.5 toned, contents otherwise generally clean. Bookplate of Henry Varnum Poor. (Venice: House of Aldus and Andrea of Asola, August 1514)
first edition of a work dating from the early 3rd century A.D. describing a series of imaginary banquets at which scholarly guests discuss a wide of subjects with an emphasis on food and wine. Ahmanson-Murphy 123; Renouard, page 67(4); Hoffmann I, 394; Cagle 1110; Sarton I, 326-27.