(Geneva): Huldrichi Fuggeri for Henri Estienne, 1560. Vellum. Two volumes in one. 32mo (5.0 in, 12.7 cm).  3-576;  3-432 pp. a-z aa-nn^8; A-Z, AA-DD^8. Greek and Latin on opposite pages. Vol. I: "Pindar. Olympia, Pythia, Nemea, Isthmia. Eight of the rest of the lyric verse Alcaeus, Sappho, Stesichorus, Ibycus, Anacreon, Bacchylides, Simonides, Alcman, some are even others. All Greek and Latin. Pindar interpretation is new, and word for the rest of the word, in part, some of the songs have been rendered." with Vol. II: "Songs of poets nine lyrical poems principle fragments Alcaeus, Anacreon, Sappho, Bacchylides, Stesichorus, Simonides, Ibycus, Alcman. Pindar. Some are even others. With Latin interpretation, part prose, part verse."
First thus: First printing of Pindar by Henry Estienne. Only known title of Pindar (ca. 520-ca. 440) to survive in its entirety. Renown poet of ancient Greece, Pindar wrote forty-four "Odes of Victory" for the winners of the wreath in the Olympian games, divided into four years or Olympiads, held in Olympia (most prestigious), Pythia, Nemea, and Isthmia. Each Greek city-state was a separate political entity, so the Olympic Truce or "laying down of arms" ensured safety for the host city and safe passage for the athletes and spectators. The Olympic Games continue to symbolize peace, harmony, and solidarity.
Henri Estienne (1531-98), the most gifted of his French family of scholars and printers, lived in Geneva, Switzerland yet studied in France, Italy, Flanders, and England. "His learned editions of Greek and Roman classics were highly regarded." - Grolier Club Online Exhibitions: French Book Arts. OCEL 349.
Adams 1227. Shaaber 337. Encyclopaedia Britannica. Olympic org. Vellum over pasteboard with hand-lettered spine. Woodcut device to both title-pages. Provenance: Bookplate of Prince of Lichtenstein and ca. 1954 label of Kiffin Ayres Rockwell adjacent to first title-page. Rear free endpaper with note penciled in Latin. Front endpapers with all provenance, title-page with "Henr. Stephanus," first page with "Henricus Stephanus Philippo Melanchthoni" and "Philippe," and Vol. II first page of Anacreon with "Henrico Stephano" inked over (3 facsimiles provided) by same likely contemporary hand as few small notes in Greek, faint smudge, slight chip not affecting text, rear pastedown with slight worming. The inked names likely reflect the controversy of Henri Estiennes' work at the time which caused him to flee Geneva. Complete, including second volume. A well-preserved, tight, and scarce production. Very good+. Item #1119