Leipzig: Thomas Fritsch, 1696. Folio (330 x 210 mm). [xxvi], 898, 899-943 col.,  pp., including two half-titles and index. Title in red and black with engraved printer's device, woodcut chapter initials, head- and tailpieces. Text in Greek and Latin in parallel columns. Bound in full period calf, spine elaborately gilt in compartments; minor wormhole running through margin of second half of text (slightly larger towards end); light age toning, still an exceptionally bright and crisp copy. From the library of the eminent Shakespeare scholar Charles Tyler Prouty, with his bookplate, as well as those of the accomplished palaeographer and classical historian Ellis H. Minns and Sir George W. Denys. Contemporary inscription to fly-leaf as well as some occasional Greek and Latin marginalia. Item #12358
Originally printed in 1516, this valuable edition of Pausanias' description of Greece is considered by many to be the best edition. It is especially noteworthy for the detailed descriptions and broad array of information on ancient Greece, including its history, geography, and architecture, and has been exceptionally useful in the archaeological exploration of a number of ancient cities, including Olympia, Athens, Delphi and Argolis. Without Pausanias' monumental achievement, our modern understanding of classical culture, especially in the areas of religious cults, mythology, folk-lore and, above all, Greek art, would not be the same.
Of major significance is Joachim Kühn's (1647-97) editing based upon notes he found in the margins of the original Aldine text belonging to Isaac Casaubon (1559-1614). Casaubon, a French Hugeuonot and son-in-law of printer-scholar Henri Éstienne, was widely considered to be the most learned classical scholar of his time.