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8vo. Collation: [-]2, A4, B-2F8. Pagination: , 365, 396-478 pp. Engraved frontispiece of 12 famous ancient figures with "London Printed for Samuel Speed" at bottom; frontispiece edges re-margined, title gutter reinforced, small ink nick at top of a few leaves, worm-track hole at end with some text affected, foxing, occasional rust stains, paper toning. Modern quarter dark brown leatherette, modern endleaves. Generally very good. Scarce edition, reissue of 1678 with new tile-page. Valerius Maximus, a Roman historian and contemporary of the emperor Tiberius (42 B.C.-A.D.37), "was the compiler of an extant collection of anecdotes, "facta et Dicta Memorabilia', in nine books, for the use of orators. The anecdotes are arranged, according to the subjects that illustrate, roughly as follows: Book I, religion, omens, prodigies; Book II, social customs; Books III - VI, virtuous conduct (fortitude, moderation, humanity, etc.); Books VII and VIII, a miscellaneous group including good fortune, military stratagems, famous law-suits, eloquence, and many other items; Book IX, evil conduct. The examples on each topic are grouped separately according as they are drawn from the lives of Roman or foreign worthies...the work proved useful, and its popularity, which it retained in the Middle Ages, is shown by the fact that two epitomes of it were made." OCCL.
Title: . . . His Collections of the Memorable Acts And Sayings of Orators, Philosophers, Statesmen, and Other Illustrious Persons of the Antient Romans, and Other Foreign Nations, Upon Various Subjects. Together With the Life of that Famous Historian.
Publisher: London:, Printed for Benjamin Crayle and John Fish, 1684.: 1684
lbs: 3.00 lbs
Seller ID: LV2000