London: Egypt Exploration Fund, 1898. Ex Library First edition. Hardcover. Quarto. xv, (1) 284 (1)pp., 8 plates; xii, 358 (3)pp., 8 plates. Gray half-cloth over gray paper-covered boards, with gilt-stamped emblem on cover of second volume, black lettering on spines. Notes on supplementary plates CXXI–CXXIV with two descriptive text pages laid in; plates printed to glossy paper with blank versos. Each volume illustrated with lithographic reproductions of papyri. The laid in notes with four b/w photographic reproductions.
Volume I: "The hundred and fifty-eight texts included in this first volume of the Oxyrhynchus Papyri are selected from the twelve or thirteen hundred documents at Oxford in good or fair preservation which up to the present time we have been able to examine, and from the hundred and fifty rolls left at the Gizeh Museum. The bulk of the collection, amounting to about four-fifths of the whole, has not yet been unpacked. The selected texts have been chosen partly to illustrate the scope and variety of the collection, partly because their comparative completeness rendered the task of editing them less difficult; for the question of time has been a pressing one... The texts now published fall into two classes, the literary and the non-literary. The examples of the former are probably a good specimen of what may be expected in future volumes. It is not very likely that we shall find another poem of Sappho, still less that we shall come across another page of the 'Logia.'... Of the non-literary papyri, which range over the first seven centuries A.D. and are of a very miscellaneous character, those of the sixth and seventh centuries have been kept distinct from those belonging to the centuries preceding." (Preface) Literary texts (with the exception of No. V) are printed as they are written, except that word s are separated from each other. Only those stops, breathings and other lection signs are inserted which are found in the original. The content includes texts Theological I–IV, New Classical Fragments VII-XV, Fragments of Extant Classical Authors XVI–XXIX, Latin XXX–XXXII, Papyri of the First Four Centuries XXXIII–CXXIV, Papyri of the Sixth and Seventh Centuries CXXV–CLVIII, and Descriptions of Papyri in Full CLIX–CCVII. Contains indices at rear, list of plates
and table of Papyri
Volume II: In the preface to Oxyrhynchus Papyri, Part I., we stated our intention of adopting a chronological system in future volumes. The present work is accordingly devoted to first century B/C. or first century A.D. papyri, with the exception of the theological and some of the classical fragments, and the 'Petition of Dionysia' (No. ccxxxvii), which on account of its great size and importance we wished to publish as soon as possible. The 193 selected texts in this volume do not by any means exhaust the first century papyri at Oxyrhynchus; but it is probable that we have examined all the most important documents of that period." (Preface). The content includes texts Theological CCVIII-X, New Classical Fragments CCXI–XXII, Fragments of Extant Classical Authors CCXXIII–XXXIII, Miscellaneous CCXXXIV–VII, First Century Documents CCXXXVIII-CCC, Descriptions of First Century Papyri CCCI–CCCC, and Additions and Corrections to Oxyrhynchus Papyri, Part I. Contains indices at rear, a list of plates and a table of Papyri. Laid in eight pages of notes on supplementary plates CXXI–CXXIV, four Papyri from Oxyrhynchus, including two text pages and four b/w plates printed to one side only.
Text in English and Greek. Bindings with light wear along edges, small chips and rubbing. Volume one with staining along top, visible through half title, and small stain at lower left corner and top of back cover, two to four inches. Library stickers on spines, library bookplates on inside front covers, library pocket on inside back cover of first volume. Library stamps to top and bottom edges, versos of title pages and last pages of both volumes. Blind-stamped library stamp on title and half-title of first volume. Front free endpaper of first volume loose but present, frontispiece mostly detached as in second volume but for a small parts at top and bottom of pages. Library markings at in bottom margin of first volume blacked out with felt pen. Binding of first volume in fair-, volume two in good condition. Interior of first volume in good+, very good in second volume. fair to vg. Item #45644