(Parma: Stamperia Ducale, 1816). 216 x 83 mm. (8 1/2 x 3 1/4"). Complete. (2 leaves of the preliminary leaves of Volume VII are bound in the middle of preliminary leaves for Volume II.) Eight volumes. Translated from the French. 13th Edition, revised, corrected and illustrated with a set of maps.
Very attractive contemporary polished calf, cover bordered with gilt rule and decorative blind rolls, raised bands, spine panels with blind-stamped lozenge, two burgundy morocco labels, marbled edges and endpapers. A total of 17 engraved folding maps and views, plus two engraved plates, one a frontispiece portrait in the first volume and the other a scientific scene in the sixth volume. One leaf with neatly repaired five-inch arching tear into text (slight displacement, but no loss of letters), intermittent pale foxing (endpapers a bit more foxed, and isolated cases elsewhere of something beyond trivial), other inconsequential defects (a paper flaw, variable offsetting from engraved material), but printed on bright paper, and still very clean and generally pleasing internally. A few trivial marks on covers, but the original bindings lustrous and virtually unworn.
Making a very fine appearance on the shelf, this is a handsomely bound set of Rollin's classic historical survey of ancient civilizations. A former rector of the University of Paris, where he reinstituted the study of Greek, Charles Rollin (1661-1741) was barred from teaching by his Jansenist religious beliefs, and turned to writing. His enduringly popular "Ancient History" was originally published in Paris in multiple volumes between 1730 and 1738, and was soon translated into German, Italian, and English. The maps of the region at various periods and of the known world of the ancients are here finely rendered and very well preserved. (ST12752)
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