It is bound in original full vellum with hand lettering on the spine (which has some repair). It is a rare printing of Valerius's "Dictorum et Factorum" or Historical Anecdotes.The engraved title page featuring a battle scene at the top, Small portrait of Tiberius Claudius NERO; with two male & female figures on the side of the title, a baby suckling a cow & a woman nursing a patient at the bottom. This work is a collection of short stories, sayings, and phrases, memorial to Tiberius Caesar, who was reigning during Valerius's lifetime. These anecdotes depict ancient Greek life and philosophy as well as famous kings and Caesars. Many modern historians claim that Valerius's work was taken from Cicero, Livy, and Sallust, as well as other ancient historians and philosophers, rather than creating original works. However, many of the topics he writes about were controversial and unusual for the time he wrote on homosexuality within the Roman army and the aristocracy of ancient Greece. While homosexually itself was written on, it was only considered tolerable in a'master-slave' relationship, not within a public and high-status sense. Other topics include omens, revenge, superstitious cults, women lawyers, modesty, crimes, and conflicting political views. Notable names mentioned in this famous work include Scipio Africanus, Gaius, and Tiberius Gracchus, and Alexander the Great! This 1671 Rotterdam edition is edited by Dutch Erasmus scholar Jan Minellius who published several Latin classics for the Erasmus School in Rotterdam. This piece is in good condition with some wear/tear, soiling to covers, spine, ends & corners, pages with some age toning, minor soiling, are clean & bright, the binding is tight & intact.
The vellum is smooth & supple to the touch. This is a perfect addition to any collection! Great display piece (I have it for display in my personal collection now), and perfect for use as decor! It is a beautiful authentic piece of history!
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Let me know if I can help you in any way and Id be happy to! The item "RARE Authentic 1671 Vellum Bound Book Incunable Manuscript Decor Old 1st Ed" is in sale since Tuesday, December 8, 2020. This item is in the category "Books\Antiquarian & Collectible".
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