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Romane Historie
1600 - LIVY. The Romane Historie Written by T. Livius of Padua. Also, the Breviaries of L. Florus: with a Chronologie to the whole Historie: and the Topographie of Rome in old time. London: Adam Islip, 1600. Thick folio (8 by 13 inches), contemporary full paneled brown calf rebacked in calf-gilt, red morocco spine label, raised bands. $12,000.First edition in English of Livy's monumental history of Rome, translated by Philemon Holland, scarce in contemporary paneled calf.Titus Livius commenced his great history between 27 and 25 B.C., completing it only shortly before his death in A.D. 17. His genius lay in lively storytelling rather than critical history; his aim was to rekindle his fellow Romans' patriotic spirit by recounting their ancestors' heroic deeds. "Livy's heroes were to revive again and again""in 18th-century Virginia and in Revolutionary Paris. There are still statues in the public parks of the founders of the American and French Republics clad in the togas or the armor of Cincinnatus or Horatius". Livy, not Virgil, gave Rome her epic" (Rexroth, 92-93). "This was the first of that stately array of folio translations of the classics which issued from the pens of Philemon Holland, the 'translator generall in his age" (Pforzheimer 495). "Holland's knowledge of Greek and Latin was accurate and profound, and his renderings are made in a vivid, familiar and somewhat ornamented English" (Drabble, 469). The section on the "Topographie of Rome in old time" is translated from the work of J. Bartholomew Marlian. With woodcut-engraved title, initials, head- and tailpieces, woodcut portrait of Livy, and a woodcut-engraved portrait of Queen Elizabeth, to whom this edition is dedicated, on verso of title. Occasional mispagination as issued without loss of text; without initial blank. STC 16613. Brueggemann, 634. Harris, 94. Lowndes, 1374. Owner signature. Early inked marginalia.Interior with some leaves expertly cleaned; first two and several other leaves with expert paper restoration, including a bit of loss to one letter on title page; a few leaves with minor wormholing; expert restoration to boards. An extremely good copy. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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