Luciani Samosatensis quomodo Historia conscribenda sit. Edidit ac notis illustravit Franciscus Riollay.

  • Lucian
  • Oxonii [Oxford]: E Typographeo Clarendoniano 1776
  • ESTC T113067. 


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8vo, pp. [xii], 103, [8], 108-237, [23]. Without the pasted-in errata slip mentioned in ESTC. Contemporary speckled calf, spine divided by double gilt rules, blue morocco label. Some foxing and soiling at beginning. Binding rubbed, front joint just cracking at head, foot of spine chipped, front endpapers stained and adhered to each other. Ownership inscription of O. Philipps, Jesus College Oxford (16 March [17]83), with his booklabel (Owen Philipps, Williamston), and later ownership inscription (1969) to flyleaves.


A scarce edition of Lucian's 'How to Write History', the only surviving work of ancient theoretical historiography, edited by the physician Francis Riollay (c. 1748-1797). Riollay, born in France, had obtained a classical education at Trinity College Dublin but his other career achievements were entirely medical, so his friend Thomas Winstanley, the classical scholar and historian - to whom the book is dedicated - may have had an influence on the choice of text. ESTC locates only 5 copies in the UK (BL, Aberdeen, NLW, Oxford, Rylands), plus three in the Low Countries and two in the USA.

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