Oct 14, 2021 - Sale 2582

Sale 2582 - Lot 7

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Estimate: $ 400 - $ 600
Aristaenetus (fl. circa 5th or 6th CE)
Epistolae Graecae. Cum Latina Interpretatione & Notis. Tertia Editio Emendatior & Auctior.

Paris: Marcum Orry, 1610.

Third edition, octavo, text printed in Greek and Latin on facing pages, bound in full contemporary parchment over boards, title page with contemporary ink ownership inscription, engraved bookplate of the Earl of Jersey, Victor Albert George Child Villiers inside front board, 6 3/4 x 4 in.

Aristaenetus left us this collection of fictional erotic and comedic letters modeled on earlier classical examples. "Aristaenetus amazes us with tales of paramours hatching complicated schemes to achieve their desires, while wily go-betweens help smooth their way. He presents us with accounts of unfaithful spouses who barely avoid capture in the midst of hair-raising and amusing infidelities." (Quoted from Peter Bing and Regina Höschele's 2014 English edition published by the Society of Biblical Literature.)