La prima [- terza] parte dell' historie... tradotta da M. Lodovico Dolce. Venice, appresso Gabriel Giolito di Ferrarii,
ZONARAS Joannes (1570.)
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Giolito's fine device on each title-page, four woodcut illustrations in first part, woodcut ornaments and initials throughout.4to. 3 parts in one vol. ff. 260pp. ff. 292pp. ff. 262pp. Contemporary vellum over thin paste-board, title lettered in ink on spine.
A fine copy of this edition of Dolce's Italian translation of Zonara's Byzantine history, first published by Giolito in 1564 and reprinted in 1571 and 1572. All Giolito's editions appear to be rare outside Italy with none listed in Adams and only the 1571/72 editions in the British Library. Zonara's Historia covers, as is proudly displayed on the title-page, historical events in the space of 6626 years. It starts off with the Hebrews and the origins of the world, tracing them until the destruction of Jerusalem. Zonara then switches to the emerging Roman Empire until the reign of Constantine the Great. The last part is taken up by the histories of emperors in the eastern part of the Roman Empire after Constantine. Censimento Edit 16 CNCE 26761. Bongi II, pp. 194/96. OCLC/RLIN (Yale only).
Stock Code: 45020