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Pyrrhoniarum hypotyposeon libri III. [Geneva], Henri II Estienne, 1562. - APPIAN. Hispanica & Annibalica. [Genève], Henri II Estienne, 1560. 2 works in one volume, in-8, brown granite calf, spine decorated, red speckled edges (17th century binding). Collection of 2 works printed in Geneva by Henri II Estienne, then typographer to Ulrich Fugger, financier and humanist member of the famous Fugger dynasty. First edition of the Hypotyposes ou Institutions Pyrrhoniennes by the Greek philosopher Sextus Empiricus, father of skeptical philosophy, translated into Latin by Henri II Estienne. The work is the main source for knowledge of skepticism, the philosophical trend initiated by Pyrrhon. The discovery of this doctrine in the 16th century had a profound influence on the thinking of authors such as Montaigne, Descartes, Giordano Bruno and Pascal. The original Greek text was not published until 1621 (GLN-2215). First edition of François Bérauld's Latin translation of Appian's books on the Spanish War and Annibal (GLN-2132.) A copy that belonged to the physician and bibliophile Henri Gras (1594-1664), with his handwritten signature on the title: Henricus Grassus possedit. Born in Lausanne to Huguenot parents from Lyon who had gone into exile in Switzerland, Gras studied in Montpellier, entered the Collège des Médecins in Lyon, then became personal physician to the Maréchal de Turenne, whom he accompanied to Germany. A zealous and erudite bibliophile, he built up an extensive library of books and manuscripts in Lyon, which is mentioned by Father Jacob in his Traité des plus belles bibliothèques. Light staining throughout the first volume. Some light foxing. Covers missing, corners rubbed.
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