Compendium Grammaticae Graecae Iacobi Ceporini [...]. Hesiodi Georgicon [...]. Epigrammata [...]. Zurich, Christoph Froschouer, 1526. (Bound with:) FIOCCHI (Andrea). L. Fenestellae de magistratibus, sacerdotiisque Romanorum libellus, iam primum nitori restitutus. Pomponii Laeti itidem de magistratibus & sacerdotiis [...] Item Valerii Probi grammatici de literis antiquis opusculum. [Cologne, Hero Fuchs, 1527]. (And:) CHRYSOLORAS (Emmanuel). Emanuelis Chrysolorae, Byzantini, Oratoris Eximij, integrae Grammatices [...]. Basel, Johann Bebel, March, 1528.

CEPORINUS Jacob (1526-8)



Titles of first and second parts within historiated metal- and woodcut borders, large woodcut printers device on verso of final leaf of first part, white on black initials in all three parts, some historiated in second and third. Roman, italic and greek type. 

3 works in one volume. 8vo (150 x 100mm). 198, [2]pp.; 88ff.; 76ff, 4(additional, blank)ff. Contemporary thin parchment over pasteboard, title inked on spine, remains of leather ties (worming to spine and upper board, portion of parchment lacking at foot of spine, stitching and lower spine band visible, covers stained). 


Sammelband of Greek and Latin primers, with additional blank leaves for notes.  The first part is the first edition of Froschouer's compendium of Greek grammar, comprising Zurich scholar Jacob Ceporin's widely-used Greek primer, Hesiod's didactic poem, Works and Days, and a series of Greek epigrams. Ceporin's textbook, first published in 1522, explored Greek grammar in all its iterations, and the text was a staple in schools and universities (Ladurie). Similarly, Hesiod's 800-line didactic poem was compulsory reading in German universities in the sixteenth century. The final part of this first volume, the epigrams, offered easily readable, bite-sized examples of Greek grammar and language, presumably intended to complement the instruction provided in the preceding sections. 

The second part is a Latin account of Roman priests and magistrates, written by the Florentine Andrea Fiocchi (1400-52) under the name of Roman historian Lucius Fenestella. In this, the second edition of these collected works (the first at Basel, 1523), Fiocchi's treatise is accompanied by that of Italian humanist and founder of the Academia Romana, Giulio Pomponio Leto, on the same subject, as well as a list of classical abbreviations by Roman critic, Marcus Valerius Probus (c.20-105 A.D.).  Finally, the third of the three here is scholar Chrysoloras' (1350-1415) Greek grammar, accompanied by the notes of Swiss humanist and pedagogue Alban Thorer (1489-1550). Blank leaves bound at the beginning and end of the sammelband were perhaps intended for the jottings of students. 

Occasional annotation in Latin, in early hand, in Part II. 

General yellowing throughout, with waterstains to first two gatherings of part I; gatherings I & K in second part; ff.73-6 in third part, with staining to gutter of ff.57-8. Closed tear in lower blank margin of G2 of Part II, not affecting text. 

Part I: VD16 W2685 (containing Hesiodus, H2693). Adams C1273 (1539 edition; this 1526 edition not listed). BMSTC (German), 189. Part II: VD16 F1643. Part III: VD16 M684. Hoffman I, p.453. 

E. LeRoy Ladurie, The Beggar and the Professor: A Sixteenth-Century Family Saga (Chicago, 1998), 62.

Stock Code: 228244

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