Casaubon, Isaac (1559-1614)
Animadversionum in Athen. Dipnosophistas. Lyon, H. & P. Rauaud, 1621. 2nd ed. 1037 pp. Folio, leather. Hand-lettered inscriptions: Sticker, from Dr. W. B. Hunter January 16, 1951 on cover verso. Ex Libri Francisci Morel on title page.
Isaac Casaubon was a Franco-Swiss scholar of Huguenot origins. In the scholarly pantheon of the age, he ranked second only to Joseph Scaliger. Persuaded by friends to leave the intellectually bleak Geneva, he went to Paris and the court of King Henry IV in 1600. The ruler appointed him Royal Librarian. In 1610, he left France for England and received various emoluments from King James I, who enjoyed his learned discourses. Persecuted in England by the ignorant populace and Jesuit pamphleteers, he died neglected. Athaneus is his most important work and required four years in composition. (DNB)