1693 Rare French vellum Book - Sophocles' Tragedies - Oedipe & Electre (Oedipus & Electra).
Title: Tragedies Grecques de Sophocle, traduites en françois avec des notes critiques & un examen de chaque piece selon les regles du Theatre par Monsieur Dacier.
Language: Text in French.
Publisher: A Paris, Chez Claude Barbin, 1693.
Size: 6.5 " X 4 ".
Pages: 324 pages.
Binding: Very good full vellum binding (hinges fine, overall slightly worn and scuffed - as shown) under a removable protective mylar cover.
Content: Very good content (bright, tight and clean, rare foxing and staining - as shown).
Illustrations: Complete with the beautiful frontispiece illustration depicting the tragic poet and in the background, a scene of one of his tragedies on a stage.
Estimate: (USD 250 - USD 300
The book: Rare and attractive 17th-century French edition of Sophocles' Tragedies Oedipus Rex & Electra.
The author: Sophocles (c. 497/6 – winter 406/5 BC) is one of three ancient Greek tragedians whose plays have survived. His first plays were written later than, or contemporary with, those of Aeschylus; and earlier than, or contemporary with, those of Euripides. Sophocles wrote over 120 plays, but only seven have survived in a complete form: Ajax, Antigone, Women of Trachis, Oedipus Rex, Electra, Philoctetes, and Oedipus at Colonus. For almost fifty years, Sophocles was the most celebrated playwright in the dramatic competitions of the city-state of Athens which took place during the religious festivals of the Lenaea and the Dionysia. He competed in thirty competitions, won twenty-four, and was never judged lower than second place. Aeschylus won thirteen competitions, and was sometimes defeated by Sophocles; Euripides won four.
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1693 Rare French vellum Book - Sophocles' Tragedies - Oedipe & Electre (Oedipus & Electra). Price List