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C. Cornelius Tacitus, Jaarboeken en Historien - TACITUS - 1684. 
Amsterdam, By Hendrik Boom, en de Weduwe van Dirk Boom, 1684. Folio. (XL),528,(4),11;(72) p., 14 engraved portraits & 8 double historical plates. Vellum 33 cm (Ref: Geerebaert 137,5,II; OiN 359; Schweiger 2,1028) (Details: Back with 6 raised bands; short title in second compartment; covers with blind ruled borders and central ornament; title in red & black; woodcut printer's mark on title, depicting Ceres and Flora under a palmtree (Boom means tree); the banner at their feet reads: I.V.S. A.W. H.D.B., which means: 'Johannes Van Someren, Abraham Wolfgangk, Hendrik en Dirk Boom'; woodcut initials, 14 magnificent full-page portraits of Roman emperors engraved by A. Vaillandt, and 8 double-page battle and rural scenes engraved by I. Mulder; woodcut initials) (Condition: Vellum somewhat soiled; front joint starting to crack for 2 cm; 3 small red inkstains on the frontcover) (Note: The Dutch Renaissancist poet, playwright and historian Pieter Corneliszoon Hooft, 1581-1647, may be considered the founder of the literature of Holland's Golden Age. His style is not easily accessible, and often shows a sentence structure derived from Latin. Ca. 1630 he started with his translation into Dutch of works of the Roman historian Tacitus, 56-117 A.D. These translations of the 'Annales', 'Historiae', 'Germania' and the 'Agricola' were posthumely published in 1684 by his able biographer Geeraert Brandt, 1626-1685. Hooft, in who the genius of Tacitus had arisen, according to Brandt, was not satisfied with the previously published translations, and decided to make a translation of his own which suited the style of the Roman historian better. Hooft however never found time to publish his translation. In the preface Brandt tells that the manuscript with the translations came into his hands by chance, long after the death of Hooft. He then decided to rescue them from oblivion, and to publish them, ca 50 years after Hooft had begun to translate Tacitus. In the same year the firm of Boom brought also a cheaper and smaller quarto-edition on the market. According to Geerebaert, this folio-edition was printed first.) (Provenance: On the front pastedown the bookplate of 'J. Maas', designed by the graphic artist Albert Pieter Hahn, 1877-1918) (Collation: (a) - (c)-4, (d) - (g)-2; A - 3N-4, 3O-6, 3P - 3S-4, 3T-6, 3V - 3X-4; A - S-2 (S2 verso blank) (Photographs on request)
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