Wednesday, June 14, 2006


Oldest Book

William Annis and others are blogging about their oldest books. My oldest classics book is Caji Silii Italici Punicorum libri septemdecim ad optimas editiones collati. Praemittitur notitia literaria. Studiis Societatis Bipontinae. Editio accurata (Biponti: Ex Typographia Societatis, MDCCLXXXIV). That's Silius Italicus' Punica (Zweibrücken, 1784). According to Wikipedia, "At the ducal printing office at Zweibrücken the fine edition of the classics known as the Bipontine Editions was published (1799 sqq.)." I think that's a mistake for 1779.

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