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SUETONIUS
The Historie of Twelve Caesars. .and newly translated into English.
London, M. Lownes, 1606. FIRST EDITION thus. 4to, pp. [xxxii], 272, 39, [i]. [[fleuron]⁴ [superscript pi]1, A-B⁶ B-Z⁶ 2A⁴, ²C⁸ ²A-B⁶ First and final blank. “Snowdon printed the preliminaries and annotations; Lownes the rest (STC and addendum). The annotations have separate register and pagination, with caption title ‘Annotations vpon C. Iulius Cæsar Dictator’ In this setting of the title page, line 10 begins ‘Togeather’”.ESTC. Woodcut printers device on title, woodcut initials and head and tail-pieces, elaborate woodcut chapter headpieces incorporating medallion portraits, bookplate of Robert S. Pirie on pastedown. Very light age yellowing, a few corners turned in, tiny tear in outer blank margin of t-p. A fine copy in contemporary limp vellum, slightly defective at foot of spine. First edition in English of Suetonius’ dramatic biographies of the Caesars, the important Philemon Holland translation. An excellent copy in contemporary vellum binding. Thomas Fuller, writing in the mid-17th century, included Holland among his Worthies of England, terming him “the translator general in his age, so that those books alone of his turning into English will make a country gentleman a competent library for historians”. Holland’s translation style was free and colloquial, sometimes employing relatively obscure dialect and archaic vocabulary, and often expanding on his source text in the interests of clarity. He justified this approach in prefaces to his translations of Livy and Pliny, saying that he had opted for “a meane and popular stile”, and for “ … [Click Below for Full Description]
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