Erste Ausgabe. – Adams, S 1790. Renouard 135.3. Schreiber 181. Moeckli 77. – "Henri Estienne’s magnum opus, the publication of which marked the great event of his career, as well as a high point in the annals of European scholarship. It also proved Henri Estienne’s financial ruin. The plan for this monumental work was conceived by Robert Estienne, who wished to do for Greek what he had done for Latin with his Latinae Linguae Thesaurus; this Greek Thesaurus too was a pioneering work, following the scientific principle of arranging words not in traditional, strict alphabetical order, but rather grouping them according to their etymological roots" (Schreiber). – Innengelenke der Bde. I-III mit Manuskript-Streifen des 15. Jhdts. geklebt und gebrochen, Vorsätze von Bd. IV erneuert, Titel mit Besitzvermerken von alter Hand und tls. knittrig und mit Ausrissen, tls. stärker wasserrandig und fleckig, gebräunt. – Mod. Exlibris.
5 parts in 4 volumes. – First edition. – Inner joints of vol. I-III taped with a 15th century manuscript strip, end papers of vol. IV renewed, titles with old ownership entries and partially creased and damaged, partially with stronger waterstains and heavier soiled, tanned. – Damaged contemporary calf. – Modern bookplate.