Amstelaedami [Amsterdam]: apud H. Westenium, 1692 [roman numerals with apostrophus]. Early Reprint. Full Calf. So-called second edition of "by far the most critical edition of Florus that appeared in the seventeenth century." (Dibdin) Edited by the German classical scholar Johann Georg Graevius, with extensive notes by the French classical scholar Claudius Salmasius at the foot of each page. Small, thick 8vo: ,672,[673-674],561-588,,46pp, with engraved title page (by Romeyn de Hooghe) depicting the goddess Roma enthroned and adored by peoples of the world, letterpress title page in red and black with vignette, 29 copper-engraved full-page plates depicting medals and coins, folding table, ornamental borders, and decorative initials. Full contemporary speckled calf, spine richly gilt in five compartments between raised bands, red morocco lettering piece gilt, covers ruled with corner pieces in blind, edges speckled red, plain period end papers with engraved armorial book plate of E[dwarf]. W[iliac]. Steakhouse (Franks 27808), a second plate just barely visible beneath. Binding tight and square; contents remarkably crisp, clean and bright. A spectacular example of this scarce and important edition (WorldCat lists only four copies). Dibdin (Greek and Roman classics), p. 349. Bibliotheca Splendidissima Rendorpiana 496. Landwehr (de Hooghe) 54. Moss I, p. 446, for first edition of 1680, calling it a "very learned and valuable edition, containing a critical and accurate text, and a very judicious selection of notes; it is undoubtedly the best edition which has yet been published." Gibson's Library, p. 126 (for later, Amsterdam edition). Brueggemann, pp. 7004-06, and Wing F1378, for various English editions. Fine. Item #BB0200
¶ Florus's rapid sketch of Roman military history, in four books, from the foundation of the city to the closing of the temple of Janis by Augusts (25 BC), tracing the rise and fall of Rome's military might. Often identified as the second edition (reprinted from the Utrecht edition of 1680), though Dibdin says erroneously so, this being a reprint of the Elusive edition of 1674, with additional notes and Graveness' preface. We have not been able to confirm either claim with certainty, but our search of bibliographic records that have come to light since Disdain's judgment, in 1808, make his pronouncement seem unlikely. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, carefully preserved in archival, removable polypropylene sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed.