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THE COMMENTARIES OF C. JULIUS CAESAR, Of his Warres in Gallia, and the Civile Warres betwixt him and Pompey. Translated into English: With Many excellent and judicious observations Thereupon:
London, R. Daniel, 1655.. As also The Art of our Modern Training, or, Tactick Practice; Whereunto is adjoyned the Eighth Commentary of the Warres in Gallia (by A. Hirtius Pansa); with some short Observations upon it. Together with the Life of Caesar, and an Account of his Medalls. FOURTH EDITION 1655, revised, corrected and enlarged, translated with observations by Clement Edmonds. 4to, 275 x 175 mm, 11 x 7 inches, additional engraved architectural title page, engraved portrait of Caesar, 14 engraved plates of which 9 are either folding or double page, woodcut historiated initials and head- and tailpieces, pages [48], 196, [2]; 142; 10, (2), "Observations upon Caesars Commentaries of the civile warres betwixt him and Pompey," by Clement Edmunds and "A continuation of the warres in Gallia, beginning where Caesar left, and deducing the history to the time of the civile warres," written by Hirtius Pansa each has a special title page, register and pagination is continuous, register restarts for the 10 pages of the "Manner of our Modern Training or Tactick Practise", final leaf is blank, bound in full antique calf, panelled in blind, rebacked to style, raised bands, blind rules, gilt lettered red morocco label, edges speckled red, previous endpapers retained, inner hinges neatly strengthened. Boards slightly marked, corners very slightly worn, signs of bookplate removal on front pastedown, ink name on front endpaper, small light stain and tiny chip to margin of engraved title page, stain repeated on printed title, occasional small light stains to text, few ink spots to 3 pages with loss of a few letters, all still easily understandable, 1 brief ink note in the margin, a little underlining in pencil and 6 small corrections to text in the Life of Caesar, 1 page dusty, small closed tear to 1 page with neat repair, no loss of text, some fore-edge margins trimmed with loss in places of part of side-notes, 1 single page plate slightly shaved, 1 folding plate repaired neatly on the fold on reverse and slightly browned on the fold on recto, small closed tear to margin of 1 plate. Text block tight and firm. A very good copy. The interesting plates show battle formations, battles, soldiers and horses, sieges, ships at harbour, Roman camps, Caesar's medals. Sir Clement Edmonds (or Edmondes) (1564-1622) was educated at Oxford and became clerk to the Privy Council of James I of England. He had a high reputation for learning and as a writer on military art. His Observations upon Caesar's Commentaries were first puiblished in 1600. See Cockle, A Bibliography of Military Books up to 1642, No. 71. "This excellent and well-known exposition of Caesar was always popular. The text is divided into short chapters with critical and explanatory notes to each". With commendatory poems by William Camden, Samuel Daniel, Josuah Sylvester and Ben Jonson (2) on leaf a4. MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING. POSTAGE AT COST.
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