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The History of the Twelve Caesars, Emperors of Rome. Written in Latine. Newly Translated into English, and Illustrated with all their Heads in Copper Plates.
London: Printed for John Starkey, 1672. Octavo (169 x 102 mm). 20th-century calf, red morocco lettering and imprint labels to spine, marbled endpapers, gilt edges. Minor early correction to pp. 348 & 349. Binding lightly rubbed, a little closely cropped at head sometimes just impinging on text, some light browning and foxing, a few very small burnholes. Terminal 12 pp. advertisement catalogue present, leaf kk7 with 5 cm closed tear. A very good copy. Portrait frontispiece of Julius Caesar, repeated on a8v, followed by 11 other copperplates of the succeeding emperors, all engraved by William Dolle. First edition of this translation, the second edition in English overall, following the first of 1606 translated by Philêmon Holland. The translator has never been firmly identified. It was published by John Starkey, a well-known Whig and Dissenting bookseller, and some have perceived an anti-royalist tone in the translation, although the book does not offer a preface or critical apparatus to feed these suspicions. The Bodleian copy has a contemporary note attributing the translation to Andrew Marvell, although this attribution is not generally accepted (Weinbrot, Augustus Caesar in Augustan England, p. 22). However, research has shown that Marvell followed it closely when writing the Rehearsal Transpros'd: The Second Part (see Patterson, The Prose Works of Andrew Marvell, appendix B). Suetonius' De vita Caesarum was written during the reign of the emperor Hadrian, circa 121 CE, and remains a key primary source for the foundation and first century of the Roman Empire. ESTC R28860; … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA/ ILAB. [London, United Kingdom]

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