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The Historical Library of Diodorus the Sicilian.
London: Printed by Edw. Jones, for Anwnsham and John Churchil... and Edw. Castle, 1700-1699. London: Printed by Edw. Jones, for Anwnsham and John Churchil... and Edw. Castle,, 1700-1699. Large quarto (318 x 193). Contemporary panelled calf, spine with five raised bands decorated either side with a gilt lozenge-and-quatrefoil roll, large decorative gilt motif to compartments, tawny-orange label, red speckled edges. 3 engraved maps, of Sicily (double-page), ancient Greece (double-page and folding), Asia (from the Black Sea to Myanmar and including the Arabian Peninsula). Joints partially cracked but sound, corners a little worn, a few gatherings toned. An imposing copy in an appealing period binding. First edition in English, the translation by George Booth (1635-1719), the impressively titled protonotary (chief clerk) of the County Palatine of Chester, fourth son of Colonel Sir John Booth. He is the subject of a rather fine family portrait that hangs at Dunham Massey, Cheshire. The dedication is to Booth's relative, George Booth, second earl of Warrington. Diodorus Siculus was a Sicilian contemporary of Julius Caesar and his "Library" comprises a universal history from mythological times to 60 BC. "Despite his claim to cover all known history, Diodorus concentrates on Greece and his homeland of Sicily, until the First Punic War, when his sources for Rome become fuller. But even in its fragmentary state, the "Library" is the most extensively preserved history by a Greek author from antiquity. For the period from the accession of Philip II of Macedon (359) to the battle of I … [Click Below for Full Description]
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