C. Plinii Caecilii Secundi Novocomensis, epistolarum libri X: Eiusdem Panegyricus Traiano dictus Cum commentariis Joannis Mariae Catanaei, viri doctissimi. Multis epistolis cum illarum interpretation adiectis. Adiuncti sunt alii, ad alios Caesares, Panegyrici, ad fidem vetusti exemplaris emendati


The book is a quarto measuring 6.25" x 9". It is in good antiquarian condition. Handsomely rebacked with 5 raised bands and gilt compartments, what appear to be the original boards with gilt ruling, some skinning and wear, corners rubbed but skillfully repaired. Interior front end paper has an owner inscription indicating that he bought the book in 1706. Title page has some humidity staining, contemporary notations and a scratched out owner inscription. Text pages have some occasional humidity marks and contemporary marginalia and underlining, occasional marginal worming, page 475 has a stain at the bottom half, paper otherwise clean and strong, binding strong and tight. The book is paginated in two parts: the epistles and then a separate marking page for the panegyrics, which have their own pagination (also in 2 parts) Extensive indices. [28] 646 [38], 168, 151 pp. Handsome head and tail pieces throughout. This is a scarce Stephanus edition from 1600, complete, of the great Roman Pliny the Younger ( Gaius Plinius Caecilius Secundus) the statesman, magistrate, lawyer and famous letter writer, whose first hand account of the eruption of Vesuvius and the destruction of Pompeii, as well as his letters to Emperor Trajan, make his letters one of the most valuable sources for life and affairs in ancient Rome. More than that, they are entertaining -- including a ghost story, a famous account of a friendship between a boy and dolphin -- as well as informative -- Pliny includes a chilling account of how easily Christians were executed in an ancient Roman province; takes us on tours of his villas, and talks of lawsuits and problems in the bustling city of Rome. Pliny makes for fascinating reading, particularly because in reading his letters we discover that we can actually know an ancient Roman. The printer is Stephanus (Estienne), with his device of an olive branch around which a serpent is twined, and a man standing under an olive tree, with grafts from which wild branches were falling to the ground, with the words of Romans 11:20, Noli altum sapere, sed timeY ("Be not high minded, but fear."). The editor is Cattaneo (Cataneo), Giovanni Maria (Mario). Died c1530, an Italian scholar. - He was born in the second half of the 15th century.XV in Novara. In Milan he wrote the extensive commentary on the Epistles and the Panegyric of Pliny, which came to the attention of humanist circles and remains his most important and challenging work.; 4to 11" - 13" tall; 646 + pages

Title: C. Plinii Caecilii Secundi Novocomensis, epistolarum libri X: Eiusdem Panegyricus Traiano dictus Cum commentariis Joannis Mariae Catanaei, viri doctissimi. Multis epistolis cum illarum interpretation adiectis. Adiuncti sunt alii, ad alios Caesares, Panegyrici, ad fidem vetusti exemplaris emendati

Author Name: Gaius Plinius Caecilius Secundusl Pliny the Younger; Giovanni Maria Cattaneo; Paul Estienne

Categories: Early Printed, Language -- Latin, Classics, History: Ancient,

Publisher: Geneva, Excudebat Paulus Stephanus: 1600

Binding: Full-Leather

Book Condition: Good with no dust jacket

Seller ID: 8753

Keywords: Pliny Vesuvius Trajan Epistles Estienne; Panegyrics Pompeii;,