Omnium quae exstant operum.

  • Plutarch
  • Lutetiae Parisiorum [Paris]: Typis Regiis, apud Societatem Graecarum Editionum, 1624
  • Schreiber 284; Dibdin II 337.


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Large folio, pp. 42, [2], 1076, 92, 95-114, [48], 3-150, [8]; [viii], 1164, [2], 84, 13-80, [48] + 2 plates. Later half calf, marbled boards, red and green morocco labels. Toned, some spotting, light dampmarks to corners, final leaf of index in vol. 1 with corners torn affecting a few words. A little rubbed, joints cracked and reinforced, hinges relined. Early institutional ownership inscription to head of title-pages.


The enormous and important 'textus receptus' edition of Plutarch, printed by Antoine Estienne using the Grecs du Roi types. Although the contents are based on Xylander's 1620 edition (whose Latin translation is included), there is added a 'Life of Plutarch' - which recovers the name of Plutarch's wife - and annotations on corrupt passages, both by Jean Rualt (c.1580-1636). This became the standard edition, and 'it is after the pages of this edition that the text of Plutarch is universally cited to this day' (Schreiber).
This copy contains the dedication leaf to Jacques Deperron which is not always found: it is not called for in the collation of the Oxford copy or in Schreiber and there are no other leaves with its form of signature (ã.ii), but it would seem to be correct since Hibbert's excerpted translation of Rualt's 'Life' (1828) mentions that the book was dedicated to Duperron, whose name appears nowhere else. (In fact, Schreiber notes that the volumes are dedicated to Louis xiii and Brulart de Sillery, whose portraits are the engraved plates.). It does not have the section-title to Rualt's notes, which is also not normally found.

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