Stephanorum Historia, Vitas ipsorum ac libros complectens.

Engraved frontis. port. of Robert Estienne. ix (incl. frontis.), [4] pp. of woodcuts, [2], 564 pp.; 5, 133 pp. Two parts in one vol. (lacking 7-page Appendix). 8vo, later 18th cent. straight-grained red morocco, sides decorated in gilt, flat spine richly gilt, a.e.g. London: B. Motte for C. Bateman, 1709.

First edition of "Maittaire's first book, consisting of an extensive history of the Estiennes; with a 140-page catalogue of their publications."-­Schreiber 294.

Maittaire (1668-1747), classical scholar and bibliographer, was born in France but spent all his mature years in England, having been educated at Westminster and Oxford.

Fine and attractive copy. This copy lacks the 7-page Appendix -- "Appendix librorum sub Stephanorum nominibus impressorum" -- as is often the case. Bookplate of Julia Parker Wightman.

Bigmore & Wyman, II, p. 14-­"This very complete work." Peignot, p. 364­-"Ouvrage estimé."

Price: $1,500.00

Item ID: 285

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