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De civilibus Romanorum bellis historiarum libri quinque [with:] PATERCULUS (Caius Velleius) Historiae Romanae duo volumina. Paris, ex officina Michaelis Vascosan

APPIANUS of Alexandria (1538.)

£1400.00 

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Both titles with Vascosan's "Prelum Ascensianum" device (from Jodocus Badius Ascensius) with Badius' fine architectural title-border with cherubs and medallions. Part two with ornamental woodcut strip of flowers and insects similar to Geoffroy Tory's "moderne" borders; Badius' large satyr initial "S", seven of the large initials designed by Oronce Finé.Two parts in one vol. Folio. [18]ff. 283pp.; [10]ff. 41pp. (lacks final blank).Contemporary vellum over paste-board (head and foot of spine restored).

A finely printed Vascosan edition of Pier Candido Decembrio's translation of Appianus with the text of Paterculus edited by Beatus Rhenanus. Michel Vascosan here uses his father-in-law Badius Ascensius' famous "printing press" device, title-border, and some delightful woodcut initials and ornaments which complement his elegant roman type and produce an exceptional example of Parisian printing of the early 1500's.Though Appian's history covers the period from the arrival of Aeneas in Italy to the Battle of Actium in 31B.C. the most valuable books are his accounts of the Macedonian Wars, the Third Punic War, the Illyrian Wars and his first book of the Civil Wars. This final book covers a period for which there is no other continuous record. Adams A1345. BMSTC (French), p. 21. Mortimer A28. Schweiger I, 40.

Stock Code: 44845