London: printed for C. Bathurst, J. F. and C. Rivington, B. Law, W. Owen, T. Longman [and 5 others in London], 1785. Full Calf. The sixteenth edition, corrected and improved. 8vo: ,xxx,375,pp, with 14 copperplate engravings, (7 folding, one double-page), numerous decorative head- and tailpieces; title page printed in black and red. Handsomely rebound by Fitterer in period-style butterscotch calf, spine in six compartments divided by raised bands ruled in gilt, red morocco lettering piece gilt. Pages and plates clean and crisp with no foxing, browning or soiling, a remarkably fresh, bright copy. Lowndes 1263. ESTC Citation No. T86339. Fine. Item #BB0281
The author's first and best known work, the first edition of which appeared in 1696, the year Kennett graduated with a Master of Art from Oxford College. Prefaced by two essays—"The Roman Learning" and "The Roman Education"—it passed through many editions, remaining, for nearly a century, the standard work on the subject. According to the ODNB, the book's "elegant synthesis of the antiquarian data assembled over the previous 200 years ensured it a leading place among books on the daily life of the Romans until the nineteenth century." Thomas Jefferson owned a copy of the edition of 1746.