Q. Avrelii Symmachi, Vc. P.V. Et Cos. Ord. Epistolarvm Ad Diversos Libri Decem.

Q. Avrelii Symmachi, Vc. P.V. Et Cos. Ord. Epistolarvm Ad Diversos Libri Decem.
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Parisiis: Apud Nicolaum Chesneav, via Iacobæa, sub Quercu viridi, 1580. 4to., 188 pp., Title vignette, ornamental initials at the beginning of each section. Contemporary calf with gilt rules and fleurons, gilt armorial stamp of Louis XIII arms on both boards, raised bands with gilt decorations and fleurons, gilt title on spine, a.e.g., marbled endpapers. Terminal endpapers are used for extensive annotations in French, verso of title also has annotation in the same hand. Some pencil marks in text. Binding has some scuff marks and wear around hinge and edges, minor foxing in margins and some minor stains; very good copy. Bookplates of Virginia Hobart, and C.A. and V. Baldwin. “Edition Meillure,” (fourth edition). A fine edition with copious annotations in French being a long gift inscription from a man to an unmarried woman with whom he has been in regular correspondence, encouraging her education and keeping up with current events. The hand is late 17th, early 18th century. The mentions of contemporary events are particularly worthy of further study. Quintus Aurelius Symmachus (c. 345-402) was an orator, Roman statesman, and man of letters. While in office he sought to preserve traditional Roman religions at a time when Christianity was gaining popularity. His surviving work consists of his letters, official dispatches, Panegyrics, and fragments of orations. Brunet V 18688. (Item Id: 108043)

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