Frankfurt and Leipzig: bey den Gebrüdern van Düren, 1772. 4to [24 by 19.5 cm], contemporary full brown calf; spine with five raised bands, ruled, lettered and decorated in gilt; red and green leather spine labels, gilt; decorative endpapers; silk marker; all page edges red. Finely engraved numismatic frontispiece by J.M. Zell; title printed in red and black with engraved printer’s device; woodcut tailpieces; (2), 541, (49) pages including Register; 4 leaves, each with two large, finely engraved medallion portraits of Roman emperors; 4 engraved vignettes printed on smaller leaves, each depicting a notable scene from Roman history; 6 folding engraved plates depicting Roman coins. Binding somewhat worn, with wear to the spine head and tail and cracked joints; sides scuffed; pages largely clean and supple, with minimal browning. Very good or better. Item #5745
The Neue Sammlung of Johann Michael von Loën (1694–1776) was a multi-volume collection of travelogues, histories and fables collected from the world’s literature and translated into German for appeal to a wider literary audience. A relative of Goethe by marriage, Loën spent much of his writing career assembling some 35 volumes of this extensive collection of the history of the peoples and the stories with which they are filled (“Geschichte der Völker und die Fabeln womit sie angefüllet sind”). This volume is primarily a translation of Tacitus into German, and so the illustrations were chosen to illuminate Roman history; while the six engraved plates of coin illustrations are interesting, the eight finely engraved medallion portraits of Roman emperors are especially attractive.