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Second edition. Octavo. Contemporary calf, five raised bands to spine, richly gilt compartments. 14pp MS ‘Clef Du Menagiana de la seconde Edition’ bound in at rear.

 

A very good copy, the calf chipped at the base of the spine, cracks to upper joint. Contemporary inscription to front pastedown.

 

The second edition of this collection of witticisms, bon mots, and historical gobbets collected by the Enlightenment raconteur Gilles Menage, and published by his friends after his death.

 

It is notable for including the first ever publication of sections of Procopius Secret History that were withheld from the original 1623 first edition and the 1654 second edition of that work. Curious about what had been omitted, Menage inspected the manuscript copy of the text in the Vatican Library that those two editions were based on, and transcribed the missing passages himself.

Menagiana

SKU: 162
£125.00Price
  • Author

    Gilles Menage

  • Publisher

    Paris: Chez Florentin & Pierre Delaulne devant l’Eglise de Sorbonne, a l’Empereur.

  • Date

    1694

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