Lugdunum Batavorum: Apud Vid. C. Boutesteyn & S. Luchtmans / Delphis: Apud Adrianum Beman, 1713. 8vo, contemporary full vellum; both sides bordered and paneled with double gilt fillets with decorations at the interior corners, gilt device of a unicorn forcené upholding escutcheon depicting a hunting horn; spine with five gilt rosettes within gilt rules, partly over earlier handwritten title; all page edges speckled red; remnants of green ties. Finely engraved historiated title signed by B. Picart; printed title in red and black with woodcut printer’s device; (12), 862, (50) + (2), 224 pages; 3 folding engraved maps; engraved medallion portrait; 11 engraved plates, most of them folding; occasional woodcut devices or illustrations. Vellum lightly discolored; volume near fine overall. Item #6355
An impressive compendium edited by German classical philologist Johann Georg Graevius (1632–1703). This collection, in a handsomely decorated 18th-century vellum binding, includes Caesar’s De bello Gallico and De bello civili, as well as three associated works thought at the time to be by Caesar but in fact by others: the Bellum Alexandrinum, Bellum Africanum and Bellum Hispaniense. Following these (and separately paginated) is Julii Celsi Commentarii de vita Julii Caesaris, which is part of Petrarch’s De viris illustribus. While not a numismatic volume, this is a handsomely printed and well-illustrated edition of Caesar, well-preserved with the full complement of plates, and would appeal to any classicist.