Paris: Hieronymum Drovart, 1610. First edition of a collection of posthumous works by Joseph Scaliger, including seventeen short essays on linguistic and historical subjects (Aeschylus, Euripides, and Caesar) and poems and letters. The majority of the works are in Latin while three are in French. Binding extremities slightly toned with a few small stains. Lacks front flyleaf. Minor foxing, intermittent light toning. A few small holes in leaves, occasionally touching text, but not affecting legibility. Contemporary ink corrections to pagination on a few leaves. A very good copy. Contemporary stiff vellum with yapp edges, spine lettered in manuscript. Quarto. , 582,  pp. Item #16448
Joseph Justus Scaliger (1540-1609) was a French religious leader and scholar, known for expanding the area of classical history from Greek and Ancient Roman history to include Persian, Babylonian, Jewish, and ancient Egyptian history. He published several academic works, including De emendatione temporum (1558), a reconstruction of Eusebius’s Chronicon, a significant work in the area of ancient chronology, which he printed in his Thesaurus Temporum (1606). Throughout the course of his life, Scaliger had made many enemies, including the Jesuits, as a result of having refuted some of the historical documents that they had relied upon. His claim of Veronese ancestry was publically attacked by Gasper Scioppius and published Scaliger Hypobolimaeus (1601), debunking his claim to be a La Scala descendant. This work damaged Scaliger’s reputation permanently. The present work includes Diatriba de Decimis in lege Dei, De Thesi quadam Chronologia, Iudicium, Animadversiones in Cyclopem Euripidis, and Poemata quædam & Epigrammata antehac non edita.
Sandys, A History of Classical Scholarship, Vol. II, pp. 199-210.