De civilibus romanorum bellis historiarum libri quinque.

APPIANUS  (1529)


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Title within historiated, architectural woodcut border, printer's monogram at foot of title border, woodcut printers device on verso of final leaf, white-on-black woodcut initials, some historiated.

4to (215 x 160mm). [14]ff, 723, [1]pp. (c6 blank). Nineteenth-century red morocco, title lettered in gilt on upper cover and lion, gilt, on lower, spine gilt with five raised bands, inside gilt dentelle border, marbled endpapers (minor worming to spine and boards, joints weak but holding, light fading to upper board).

Mainz, Johannes Schoeffer, 

Handsome first and only edition published by Schoeffer of the works of Appian of Alexandria (c.95-165 A.D.); written originally in Appian's native Greek, the Latin translation in this edition is that of humanist scholar Pier Candido Decembrio, completed between 1452-4 and first printed in 1472 in Venice.  

The five books on the Roman Civil War here describe the decline of the Roman Republic and the internal faction and power struggles that took place towards its end. Following those are ethnographic studies on five ethnic groups. In total, Appian wrote 24 books of Roman history, of which these five constitute around half of those that have survived in any substantive form. 'Appian was a narrator of events rather than a philosophic historian. His style is destitute of ornament, but in the rhetorical passages, which are numerous, it is animated, forcible, and at times eloquent' (Appian, Roman History I (Loeb), x). 

Occasional marginal annotation. Ex libris of Baron von Hummel and Conte Annoni di Gussola (possibly Federico Annoni) on verso of front flyleaf. 

Foxing and staining throughout, with worming to final few leaves. Browning to gatherings Iii, t & u. First gathering working loose, with tears to gutter. 

Adams, A1344. Hoffman I, 216. BMSTC (German), 38. 


Stock Code: 228315

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