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Les Apophtegmes des Anciens, tirez de Plutarque - ABLANCOURT, Nicolas Perrot d' - 1664. 
de la traduction de Nicolas Perrot, Sieur d'Ablancourt. 12 p.l., 512,  pp. Large 4to, cont. red morocco, double gilt fillet round sides, spine gilt, a.e.g. Paris: T. Jolly, 1664. First edition, and a very handsome copy in contemporary red morocco, ruled in red throughout, of this collection of aphorisms and apothegms of classical writers, gathered, edited, and translated by Ablancourt (1606-64), a well-known literary figure of the period. He was famous as a translator of classical Greek and Latin texts and maintained a number of controversial theories regarding translation. His translations of these and other works helped form classical taste in the mid-17th century and influenced French prose style. Pages -end contain his translation of the Stratagems of Sextus Julius Frontinus (ca. 40-103 AD), the author of a famous book on the aqueducts of Rome. The Stratagems is a collection of examples of military stratagems from Greek and Roman history, for the use of generals and also drawn from his own experiences as a general in Germany. A fine and fresh copy. Faint dampstaining to upper outer corner and final five leaves with a small stain in upper margin.
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