Thomas May (translator)
Lucans Pharsalia: or The Civill Warres of Rome, betweene Pompey the great and Julius Caesar. The whole tenne Bookes, Englished by Thomas May.
1635, London, Printed by A.M. and are to be sold by Will. Sheares
A Continuation of the Svbect of Lucans Historical Poem, till the death of Caesar.
1657, London, Printed for William Sheares
(5 5/8 X 3 5/8 in.)
For a discussion of this work see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_May
A six page dedication to William, (2nd) Earl of Devonsshiere, precedes the main text of the first book, which is unpaginated,
containg about 400 pages. The second book has 130 numbered pages and has a 3 page dedication to King Charles preceding the text.
There are 3 owner's inscriptions on the front endpaper, the last being 'C. Sargison 1673'.
Period binding secure and text block tight.
Segmenta Nobilium Signorum et Statuarum...
1638, Rome, Folio
This work is considered the most influential publication of the early 17th century in disseminating the classical image to all of
Europe. It consists of 100 engravings of the most prominent of extant ancient sculptures found in the Capitoline and Vatican museums,
as well as private Roman collections. There is no commentary, but some copies of Segmenta contain a 2 page index which is
not bound in this volume. Bound in an early full leather with gilt spine; chips to spine and hinges cracked but binding sound. Plates are clean
with very little foxing.
(b. ca. 1600, Saint-Jean-de-Losne, d. 1650, Paris)
French history painter and engraver. He visited Rome on two occasions and his style was formed on the example of Lanfranco (in whose studio he worked), Pietro da Cortona and the Carracci. He was Vouet's pupil in Paris for a short time. He was one of the fourteen founder-members of the French Academy in Paris in 1648.
His decorative work helped to introduce the grand Baroque style to France, but almost all of it has been destroyed or altered. His influence, however, can be seen in the work of Charles Le Brun, who was briefly his pupil.
J.G Gevartius, A. Augstin
Regum Imperatorum Romanorum Numismata. by J.C Gevertius (bound with)
Antiquitatum Romanum Hispanarunque in Nummis Veterum Dialogi X I by A. Augstin
1654 (Gevartius) [28,103,26 pp]& 1653(Agustin) [16,202,18 pp], Antwerp, Henricum Aertssens, Folio (30 x 22.5 cm.)
Sixty-Eight (68) full-page plates of ancient Roman coins from Julius Caesar to Justinian. Each plate illustrates
12 coins obverse and reverse. The Latin text explicates the coin images.
Gevartius, born Jan Gaspar Gevaerts (1593-1666), was a Professor at Louvain University. Born in Antwerp, he spent much of his life in Paris. He was appointed as historiographer
to Ferdinand III in 1611. He is best known for his work 'Icones Imperatorum Romanorum' published in 1645. He was a friend of the
painter Rubens who potrait of Gevartius now resides in the Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten, Antwerp. Regum Imperatorum Romanorum Numismata
was first published in 1645 as part 5 of Hubert Goltzius' Opera Omnia
Antonio Agustín (1517-1586) was a Spanish clergyman and lawyer who utilized numismatics to elucidate the historical origins
of Roman law. His "Eleven Dialogs" was first published in Spanish in 1587.
These two works were meant to be bound together as stated on the title page. As such, the volume is very rare.
Buffed Vellum binding with incised decoration on front and rear boards; hinges split and spine torn, but holding on well. Title and second leaf
torn in lower right corner. Some damp staining
[1686 Folio Edition of Livy]
The Roman History Written in Latine by Titus Livius. With the Supplements of the Learned John Freinshemius, and John Dujatius.
From the Foundation of Rome to the middle of the Reign of Augustus. Faithfully done into English
1686, London, Awnsham Churchill, Folio (33 x 21 cm.))
Early reback retaining original full calf covers with 5 raised bands, rubbed, tips worn. The front cover
hinge has some loss but overall the binding is tight. Spine gilt decorated with a eagle motif. Pages mostly clean
with some ocassional foxing and stain.
There are two full-page plans of Rome and a portrait of Livy on title page. Bookplate on front pastedown from
the Forbes Library; Northhampton, MA ; 19th century stanp on title-page "John Taylor / Albany"