Frankfurt: Apud Andræ Wecheli hercedes [heirs of Andreas Wechel], 1584-1587.
The Wechel Aristotle, edited by Friedrich Sylburg. Woodcut printers device on title-pages and (often) final verso leaf; woodcut initials and headpieces. Text in Greek; dedication, notes, and index in Latin. 4to. Bentley - Devonshire copy. Bound in 17th-century speckled calf, with 19th-century red morocco gilt spines, "WSD" on spine, edges marked in red and brown to show different books. Adams 1734; ; Hoffmann I, p.275. Provenance: William Goes (signature to title-page); Richard Bentley (signature to title-pages); William George Spencer Cavendish, 6th Duke of Devonshire, 1790-1858 (gilt W S D monogram on spine and Chatsworth Library bookplate). Item #305476
All the volumes in Wechel’s Frankfurt editions of Aristotle’s works did not appear at the same time and they are not numbered. A main proponent for this work, Freidrich Sylburg (1536-1596), was a German classical scholar who eventually came to work for the enterprising publisher Andreas Wechel in Frankfurt. Sylburg was a respected corrector and editor of Greek texts and during his Frankfurt period he edited many volumes for Wechel’s press among Aristotle, Pausanias, Herodotus, and Dionysius Halicarnassensis. During the height of this publishing phase, Wechel expanded into the lucrative textbook market, specializing in Ramist publications and school and university classics. This series along with historical and medical books accounts for a high percentage of his output. From the start, Wechel set out in an explicit and determined fashion to become known as a publisher of history books for the educated public of the German-speaking world. Aristotelian texts were highly valued by the educated classes in throughout the Renaissance. Scarcely found, along with is sibling editions, in market or institutional collections. See Moss, J. W., A Manual of Classical Bibliography (1825), p. 113.
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