First Edition of the First English Translation. Printed in black letter, the title-page within woodcut border and with 18 large woodcut decorative initials and one woodcut tailpiece. Small 4to (170 by 120mm), handsomely bound in antique, probably 16th century, contemporary full calf. The boards elaborately paneled in blind, the panels highly decorative, featuring flowers, wheat, vines and other ornate tooling, the spine elaborately tooled in blind and with two gilt tooled raised bands, each band framed by an elaborate gilt strip finely tooled, lettered in gilt in a wide compartment between the two bands, end-leaves marbled. Now chemised and in a quarter morocco slipcase gilt lettered. [4ff], 106ff, [17ff, annotations and errata] pp. A very handsome and well preserved copy, only a few leaves with minor and expected light soiling, one small marginal flaw, the binding solid and attractive with expert and near invisible restoration at the hinges. VERY RARE, ONLY TWO COPIES IN PUBLIC AUCTION RECORDS SINCE THE 1970's. OCLC LIST ONLY 13 COPIES WORLDWIDE. Nicholas Smyth's translation was the first appearance of this important history in English. Pforzheimer notes that it may actually have been printed by Tottel, despite Copland's imprint and colophon, the date is conjectored and sometimes given as 1550 thought 1556 is believed to be more accurate. Herodianus was "[t]he author of an extant history, in the Greek language, of the Roman Empire, in eight books (all present within this volume), from the death of Marcus Aurelius to the commencement of the reign of Gordianus III. (A.D.180-238). He states that the events described by him occurred during the period of his own life, which serves to fix his date, but of the details of his career nothing is known. He seems to have made Thucydides his model, and his narrative is characterized by sobriety, impartiality, and in general by accuracy" (Harper's Dictionary of Classical Literature and Antiquities, p. 804). Bookseller Inventory #
Title: History of Herodian, a Greeke Authour, ...
Publisher: London Wyllyam Coplande [1556?, publication date conjectured by STC.]
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