Historia Romana, Part II De Bellis Civilibus


[211] (of 212) ff (lacks first blank). In limp vellum of the time with remains of ties, renewed end papers. Text in round Roman type, superb 3-sided white vine-on-black border on a2r, woodcut white-on-black initials in two sizes throughout. First text leaf (a2) has contemporary marginalia in 2 old hands and some light staining and has been discreetly remounted. A fine large copy of part II only of the first edition of Appianus; the two parts are very frequently found separately. This volume is noteworthy for its beauty typographically, and for the superb border and initials, among the earliest to appear in an Italian printed book as part of its original design. Part II had been printed in 1472 by de Spira but this is the first Ratdolt with the beautiful typography. Vellum is aged but sound with some old repairs, quite handsome. Interior text has minor occasional foxing or staining otherwise in very good condition. : "To my mind there are few printed books of any age which can be compared with the Appian of 1477, with its splendid black ink, its vellum-like paper, and the finished excellence of its typography." (Redgrave). Appianus c.95 – c.AD 165) was a Greek historian with Roman citizenship who flourished during the reigns of Emperors of Rome Trajan, Hadrian, and Antoninus Pius. The most important remnants of Appian's work are the five books on the Civil Wars—books 13–17 of the Roman History. These five books stand out because they are the only comprehensive, meticulous source available on an extremely significant historical period, during which Roman politics were in turmoil because of factional strife. This is a translation of Appian by the distinguished humanist Pier Candido Decembrio (1399-1477), who was commissioned in the 1450s to translate the Appian (from Greek to Latin) by Pope Nicholas V. With the bookplate of noted collector Kenneth Rapoport on the inside front cover. ; 4to 11" - 13" tall

Title: Historia Romana, Part II De Bellis Civilibus

Author Name: Appianus (Alexandrinus); Appian of Alexandria; Petrus Candidus Decembrius, Translator

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

Edition: First Edition Thus

Publisher: Venice, Bernhard Maler, Erhard Ratdolt, Peter Loslein: 1477

Binding: Vellum

Book Condition: Good

Seller ID: 9444

Keywords: Appianus Roman History Incunable Civil Wars Roman Republic,