Apollonius of Rhodes. Argonauticorum libri quatuor, nunc primum latinitate donati, atque in lucem editi. Ioanne Hartungo interprete. Acceßit locuples rerum & verborum memorabilium index.

Basel, (Johannes Oporinus, February 1550.

8vo. (32), 226, (28) pp., final blank f. With 2 woodcut initials. Contemporary vellum with giltstamped label to spine.


First Latin edition, the first 16th c. Latin verse translation of the most important and only complete epic of Alexandrine hellenism in imitation of Homer.

The classicist J. Hartung (1505-79) received the Heidelberg Chair of Greek in 1537. in 1546 he followed a call as Professor of Greek and Hebrew in Freiburg/Breisgau, where he also taught Poetry.

With dedicatory poems by Joachim Mynsinger, Jacob Micyllus, and Balthasar Acanthius; these are followed by emendations of the Greek text, improving upon the Aldine and the Frankfurt edition, with Latin and - “quite uncommon!” (cf. Hieronymus) - German notes in Gothic type.

Somewhat browned throughout (occasionally stronger). Small stamp of the Bonclerici Library on t. p.


VD 16, A 3132. IA 106.503. Hoffmann I, 215. Schweiger I, 38. Hieronymus, Griechischer Geist 188. Not in Adams or BM-STC German. Not in Dibdin or Moss.