Thucydides - Thucydides (c. 460-404 B.C.) Thucydides Olori...

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Thucydides ( c. 460-404 B.C.) Thucydides Olori filii de bello Peloponnesiaco libri octo. Geneva: Henricus Stephanus (Henri Estienne II), 1564. The publisher and editor of this edition of Thucydides’ History of the Peloponnesian War was Henri II Estienne (1528/31-1598), the eldest son of Robert I Estienne (1503-1559). Henri II was perhaps one of the most accomplished members of a dynasty of learned publishers whose beginnings can be traced to the first years of the sixteenth century. The founder of the Estienne publishing firm was the father of Robert I, Henri I Estienne (d. c. 1564). In fact, his name first appears in the colophon of an edition of Jacques Lefèvre d’Etaples’ commentary of Aristotle’s Ethics : Artificialis introductio per modu[m] epitomatis in dece[m] libros Ethicoru[m] Aristotelis adiectis elucidata co[m]mentariis (Paris: Wolfgang Hopyl and Henri Estienne, 1502). The colophon is dated 7 May 1502, indicating that the book was completed at the University of Paris by Wolfgang Hopyl and Henri Estienne, and that it could be purchased at the Rabbits’ Press ( in officina cuniculorum ). This colophon also shows that from its first extant imprint the name Estienne always appeared in Latin as Stephanus, the adaptation of the Greek form, Stephanos. However, Henri I had already entered the milieu of printers by marrying Guyonne Viart, widow of Wolfgang Hopyl’s former partner, the master- printer Johann Higman. From these two printers he inherited an important network of scholars. Particularly decisive was his working relationship with the leader of the French humanist movement, Jacques Lefèvre d’Etaples ( c. 1460-1533), which started a successful family business specialized in the edition and publication of scholarly books (Armstrong, 1954: 3-17; Schreiber, 1982: 9-10). In general, Estienne books did not only fulfill a utilitarian purpose, but also followed high aesthetic standards as shown in the magnificent typographical achievements of our book of the month. Henri II Estienne was a very productive editor of classical texts who eventually joined the trade of his family.
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