Description: Aeschylus (525/4-456 B.C.); Stanley, Thomas (1625-1678), editor
ΑΙΣΧΥΛΟΥ ΤΡΑΓΩΔΙΑΙ ΕΠΤΑ Æschyli tragœdiæ septem: cum scholiis Græcis omnibus; deperditorum dramatum fragmentis, versione & commentario Thomæ Stanleii.
London: Jacob Flesher for Cornelius Bee, 1663
Folio: 31.8 x 20.1 cm. (a)2, (b)-(g)2, A-Z2, 2A-9Z2, 10A-10P2
FIRST EDITION of Thomas Stanley's celebrated edition of Aeschylus & the first edition of Aeschylus printed in England. This copy is bound in its original, paneled speckled calf binding, rebacked, with decorative tools at the corners. The text of this copy is in excellent condition with only a few minor blemishes.
Location of Origin: Europe
Dimensions: Folio: 31.8 x 20.1 cm.
Primary Classification: Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Maps : Books
Expertise: Stanley's edition, important for the editor's work on Aeschylean metrics, was the true successor to Henri Estienne's edition of 1557. His commentary was, according to Schreiber, the first to be worthy of mention after Estienne's. "It was far superior to all its predecessors… It has served in its turn as the great source of illustrations for all the subsequent editions of Aeschylus. It was described by Bentley as a 'noble edition'; it was republished in 1743 and afterwards revised by Porson." (Sandys, History of Classical Scholarship)
Wing A684; Schweiger p. 7, col. 2