(London: Published by David Nutt, 1899). 210 x 152 mm. (8 1/4 x 6"). Two volumes. Translated by Philemon Holland. Edited by Charles Whibley.
VERY ATTRACTIVE BROWN CRUSHED HALF MOROCCO BY BICKERS & SON (signed on verso of front endpaper), smooth russet linen sides, spines gilt in ruled compartments, raised bands decorated with double rules and small tool at either end, top edge gilt, other edges untrimmed. Publisher's original buckram covers bound in at rear. Decorated title page, initials, printer's device on verso of last leaf. Title pages printed in red and black; pastedown with bookplate of James Dunn; titles with blind-stamped seal of the Library of Robert Rutherford. Volume II with a unobstrusive scratch to leather on upper cover, otherwise just a couple of negligible blemishes to linen boards, and the contents pristine, with little to suggest they have ever been read.
This version of the classic biography of 12 Roman emperors is the work of the great Elizabethan translator Philemon Holland (1552-1637), a physician whose love of the classics prompted a devotion to rendering ancient authors into the language of Shakespeare. The history of Livy was his first project; the next year, Holland tackled Pliny's massive "Natural History," also, like Holland's version of Ammianus Marcellinus (1609), published by Islip. Holland's Suetonius, however, was done in 1606 for Matthew Lownes. Our "Tudor Translations" re-publication of this edition includes an introduction by Charles Whibley, giving extensive coverage of Holland and a briefer introduction to the biographical art of Suetonius. (ST15557-29)
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