Kl. Ailianou Sophistou Poikilē Historia = Cl. Aeliani Sophistae Varia Historia: ad Mstos Codices Nuc Primum Recognita & Castigata: cum Versione Justi Vulteji, Sed Innumeris in Locis ad Graecum Auctoris Contextum Emendata et Perpetuo Commentario Jacobi Perizonii: Accedunt Indices & Plures & Superioribus Longe Locupletiores
|Kl. Ailianou Sophistou Poikilē Historia|
Title page from Kl. Ailianou Sophistou Poikilē Historia, George Wythe Collection, Wolf Law Library, College of William & Mary.
|Published||Lugduni in Batavis: Apud Johannem du Vivie, Isaacum Severinum|
|Language||Greek and Latin in parallel columns|
|Volumes||3 volume set|
|Desc.||8vo (21 cm.)|
Aelian’s Varia Historia, or Miscellaneous Historical, is a collection of various stories and anecdotes. Even in modern times, Aelian’s work and details are viewed with skepticism. One classicist went so far as to say "Aelian’s aim is to supply well-turned exempla, and he seems to have relied uncritically upon whatever summary he found."  Despite reservations about his choice of content, Aelian was widely respected for his simple, clear writing and use of pure Attic language.
Evidence for Inclusion in Wythe's Library
Listed in the Jefferson Inventory of Wythe's Library as "Aelianus Perizonii 2.v. 8vo." This was one of the titles kept by Thomas Jefferson and may have been sold to the Library of Congress in 1815. Jefferson did sell a copy of the 1701 Leiden edition of Kl. Ailianou Sophistou Poikilē Historia to the Library of Congress, and that copy still exists today. However, the set has no definitive markings linking it to Wythe. George Wythe's Library on LibraryThing includes the copy at the Library of Congress. The Brown Bibliography discusses the Library of Congress copy, noting "it does correspond to the description in Wythe's inventory better than other possible editions owned by Jefferson." The Wolf Law Library followed the recommendations of Brown and LibraryThing and purchased the 1701 Leiden edition.
Description of the Wolf Law Library's copy
Three volumes bound in late eighteenth century full calf with raised bands. Spine in six panels and morocco title label to second panel, contrasting morocco volume label to third, remaining panels with gilt central lozenge and volute corner pieces. Has gilt rolled border to covers with all edges marbled and blue paste endpapers. Contains previous owner's name on title page of volume one and first page of text of volumes two and three. Volume three bound with two Jacobus Perizonius works: Jac. Perizonii Dissertatio de Morte Judae et Verbo Apanchesthai (1702) and Jac. Perizonii Responsio ad Nuperam Notitiam de Variis Aeliani, Aliorumque Auctorum, Locis (1703). Purchased from Temple Rare Books.