HESYCHIUS OF ALEXANDRIA. Late 4th/early 5th c.
Lexikon [in Greek]. / Dictionarium. Hagenau: Thomas Anshelm, Dec, 1521.
Folio (319 x 203 mm). a-z8 A-B6. Double column, text in Greek. Woodcut initial; large woodcut printer's device by HANS BALDUNG GRIEN. Period limp vellum, remnants of old index tabs. Some pale dampstain and fingersoiling at beginning, removed bookplate from title-page, edge-toning, turn-ins starting, inconspicuously rebacked, small hole to spine, stain to vellum.
Provenance: few instances marginalia in Greek; William B. Hayne (armorial bookplate); sold by Thomas Baker to Cuthbert H. Turner (ownership inscription dated 1919, Magdalen College, Oxford); John Waynflete Carter (book label); "BL" (bookplate); gilt monogram on covers.
FIRST EDITION PUBLISHED IN A GERMAN-SPEAKING COUNTRY, correcting the Aldine edition of 1514. "A unique source book, Hesychius's Lexicon deals mainly with words that exist in unusual forms or have more than one meaning, that is to say rare words that were not in everyday use. It also quotes a great many passages from lost works by orators, poets, historians and medical writers" (Staikos). The printer's emblem by Hans Baldung Grien is called "one of his best works" (Butsch I, p 48, pl 75). Adams H509; Staikos I, 348.