Hērodotou Halikarnēssēos Historiōn Logoi 9 Epigraphomenoi Mousai

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by Herodotus

"This is the celebrated and magnificent edition of Herodotus, which contains the notes of Valckenaer and Wesseling: it is justly called the editio optima, in reference to any edition of Herodotus previously published. 'Of all the editions of Herodotus which have been published,' says Dalzel, 'this of Wesseling is the most excellent.' This splendid and truly desirable edition has now become scarce, and a good copy cannot be obtained under a considerable sum." [1]

Bibliographic Information

Author: Herodotus

Title: Hērodotou Halikarnēssēos Historiōn Logoi 9 Epigraphomenoi Mousai = Herodoti Halicarnassei Historiarum Libri IX Musarum Nominibus Inscripti

Publication Info: Amstelodami: Sumptibus Petri Schoutenii, 1763.


Evidence for Inclusion in Wythe's Library

Listed in the Jefferson Inventory of Wythe's Library as "Herodotus Gronovii. Gr. Lat. fol." and given by Thomas Jefferson to his grandson Thomas Jefferson Randolph. The Brown Bibliography[2] lists the 1763 edition published in Amersterdam while George Wythe's Library[3] on LibraryThing states "Precise edition unknown. Several folio editions were published." The Wolf Law Library followed Brown's recommendation and purchased the edition published in Amsterdam in 1763.

Description of the Wolf Law Library's copy

Bound in full period leather binding with new spine in speckled calf laid down. All edges stained red. Restored with new hinges. Contains beautiful huge feather marble endpapers and Ex-Veloit College Library bookplate and minimal markings. Contains engraved full-page frontispiece including a bust of Herodotus; engraved title page in red and black. Purchased from Rose's Books.

View this book in William & Mary's online catalog.

External Links

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  1. Dibdin, Classics, 1827; Vol. 2, pp. 23-24
  2. Bennie Brown, "The Library of George Wythe of Williamsburg and Richmond," (unpublished manuscript, May, 2012) Microsoft Word file. Earlier edition available at: https://digitalarchive.wm.edu/handle/10288/13433
  3. LibraryThing, s. v. "Member: George Wythe," accessed on April 21, 2013, http://www.librarything.com/profile/GeorgeWythe