To Nicolas G. Dufief
Monticello Apr. 11. 17.
I have just recieved your favor of the 4th informing me you are about departing for Europe, and kindly offering your service there. I will avail myself of it for a small purpose. there is at Paris a learned Greek Dr Coray1 who writes the antient Greek in all it’s purity, and has published some very fine editions of Greek authors, particularly Hippocrates & Plutarch. for the last I have written thro’ another Channel. but he has published also some smaller works, to wit A specimen of an edition of Homer, a Hierocles, and two or three other small Greek works with Greek prefaces & notes, and a selection of Scholia. if you will have the goodness to procure and send me these you will oblige me, handsomely bound. with every wish for a pleasant voyage, health, and a happy meeting with your friends I salute you with great esteem and respect.
PoC (DLC); at foot of text: “M. Dufief”; endorsed by TJ. Engraved facsimile of RC in SzGeBGE; with minor variations, only the most significant of which is noted below.
TJ eventually acquired a copy of Adamantios Coray’s edition of hippocrates, Τὸ Περὶ Ἀέρων, Ὑδάτων, Τόπων … (2d ed., Paris, 1816; Poor, Jefferson’s Library description begins Nathaniel P. Poor, Catalogue. President Jefferson’s Library, 1829 description ends , 5 [no. 200]; TJ’s copy in MoSW). This publication included the Greek originals and French translations of works by Hippocrates on Airs, Waters, Places and on Law, as well as a Greek text of Galen’s essay, The Best Doctor is Also a Philosopher.
1. PoC: “Caray.” Engraved facsimile: “Coray.”
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