With Distinguished Provenance, Including the Female Bibliophile For Whom it Was Bound and, later, Andrew Fletcher of Saltoun

TROGI POMPEII HISTORIARUM PHILIPPICARUM EPITOMA. [and] IN JUSTINI HISTORIAS NOTAE ET EXCERTIONES CHRONOLOGICAE.

(Paris: Dionysus du Val [Denis Duval], 1581). 181 x 112 mm. (7 1/4 4 3/8"). 8 p.l., 337, [19] pp.; 123, 104-162, [2] pp.With scholarly notes by Bongarsius [Jacques Bongars].

HANDSOME CONTEMPORARY DARK BROWN CALF, covers with double gilt-rule border, strapwork cornerpieces with heraldic symbols (double-headed eagle, rampant lion) within the compartment formed by straps, large oval wreath at center containing the gilt supralibros of Charlotte de Brisard Tiville, raised bands, spine panels with small heraldic device at center, gilt lettering (old repair to tail of rear joints). Rear pastedown with 17th century signature of A. Fletcher (i.e., Andrew Fletcher of Saltoun--see below). Adams J-737; Dibdin II, 138 ("rare and valuable . . . in any form a very scarce book)"; Brunet III, 321 ("Edition peu commune et très recherchee à cause des notes de Bongars"); USTC 170575. For the binding: Pearson, "Les Femmes Bibliophiles: Catalogue of a Collection of Books Bound by Famous Binders for Royal and Distinguished Ladies from Marguerite de Valois to the Empress Eugénie" (1919), p. 2. Leather faintly scratched and eroded, corners a little rounded, paper at front hinge separated (but the binding entirely solid), a couple of gatherings lightly browned, additional very minor defects, otherwise fine, the text very fresh and clean, and the book quite attractive in general.

This is an important edition of a valuable text, offered here in a binding with outstanding provenance. Praised by scholars and sought-after by collectors, this is the first printing of the Bongars edition of Justin's epitome of Philippic history, compiled from eight different manuscript sources. Described by Ebert as "scarce and greatly prized" and by Dibdin as "rare and valuable," it is enhanced with annotations, variant readings, and chronological tables by French scholar Jacques Bongars (1554-1612). In the second century, the historian Justin prepared an abridgement, or epitome, of Trogus' expansive history of the kings of Macedonia, prepared in the age of Augustus. Our only consecutive narrative covering the Hellenistic age so neglected by other extant texts, this useful work first appeared in print ca. 1470, and was quickly recognized as an essential text for Classical history. Certain figures such as Philip of Macedon and Lysimachus of Thrace would be virtual blanks to us without Justin. In its abridged form, Justin's history is less a summary of the important historical events than a collection of what seemed most intriguing, instructive, or generally worthy of being known. Described by Pearson as a woman who "formed a splendid library," the bibliophile for whom this volume was originally bound was Charlotte de Brisard Tiville, wife of Charles Brisard Tiville (d. 1603), an advisor to the Parliament of Paris. Our copy was later owned by Scottish patriot, political theorist, and book collector Andrew Fletcher of Saltoun (1653?-1716), who amassed a collection of over 6,000 volumes, the largest private library in Scotland. Fletcher kept a meticulous manuscript catalogue of his books, and the library remained largely intact until the 1960s.
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(ST18139) TROGI POMPEII HISTORIARUM PHILIPPICARUM EPITOMA. [and] IN JUSTINI HISTORIAS NOTAE ET EXCERTIONES CHRONOLOGICAE. ARMORIAL BINDINGS - 16TH CENTURY, MARCUS JUNIANUS JUSTINUS.
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TROGI POMPEII HISTORIARUM PHILIPPICARUM EPITOMA. [and] IN JUSTINI HISTORIAS NOTAE ET EXCERTIONES CHRONOLOGICAE.
TROGI POMPEII HISTORIARUM PHILIPPICARUM EPITOMA. [and] IN JUSTINI HISTORIAS NOTAE ET EXCERTIONES CHRONOLOGICAE.
TROGI POMPEII HISTORIARUM PHILIPPICARUM EPITOMA. [and] IN JUSTINI HISTORIAS NOTAE ET EXCERTIONES CHRONOLOGICAE.