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Gaius Suetonius Tranquillus
De la Vie des XII Césars. Traduit par George de La Boutière Autunois
Lyon: J. de Tournes, 1556. One of the highlights of the printing offices of (23,5 x 15,8 cm). Pp (8), 369, (31). 19th-cent half-morocco, spine with 5 raised bands and gilt-lettered name and title. Marbled covers and endpapers. Title-page with an elaborate, large arabesque woodcut border and central portrait-medallion of Suetonius. On the last page a large woodcut printer's mark of De Tournes with one of his mottos "Son Art En Dieu". Each of the 12 lifes of a Caesar preceded by a portrait-medallion of high quality after antique models and a large (4,2 x 4,2 cm) decorated initial. Throughout the work woodcut headpieces, culs-de-lampe and many larger and smaller initials. Text and printed marginals within red frames. Bordeaux-red linen bookmark.Signatures: A4, a-z4, A-Z4, aa-ee4Cf : BM French 410; Brunet V, col 584 (with a facsimile of the printer's mark); Mortimer 506; Cioranescu, 12147; USTC, 39830. Not in Baudrier, Adams or Fairfax Murray.The well-known work "De Vita duodecim Caesarum" by Gaius Suetonius Tranquillus (ca 69 - after 122 AD) is a collection of biographies of 12 successive emperors.and one of the most important classical works, providing much inside information on the social Roman life of that period. Robert Graves based his "I Claudius" on this work.This is one of the highlights of the printing offices of Lyon : Cartier, (Bibliographie des éditions des de Tournes - 1937, 347) cites this edition as one of the most remarkable productions of the elder De Tournes: " La traduction de la Boutiere est fort exacte ...le Suéton de 1556 est certainement l'u … [Click Below for Full Description]
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