Liber de militia C. Julii Caesaris, cum praefatione Joannis Thomae Freigii. 

Frankfurt, heirs of Andreas Wechel, 1584. 

8vo, pp. 222, [2]; woodcut printer’s devices to title and final page, woodcut initials and head-piece; trimmed close at head in places, occasionally touching running titles, very subtle repair to inner blank margin of title, the odd spot, but an attractive copy; in eighteenth-century German or Austrian red morocco gilt, gilt green paper lettering-piece to spine, edges paste-decorated in blue, marbled endpapers, green ribbon place-marker; deleted eighteenth-century ownership inscription to title, a few annotations and underlinings to the first few pages, shelfmarks to front free endpapers, early twentieth-century bookplate to upper pastedown of Burg Kreuzenstein, Austria, engraved by Alfred Cossmann.


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An attractively bound copy of Ramus’s uncommon treatise on Caesar’s military tactics, with unusual edge decoration.  The humanist Petrus Ramus (1515–1572) published widely on classical history and grammar while teaching at the Collège de France.  He was briefly forced from his post after converting to Calvinism in 1562, and was killed during the St Bartholomew’s Day massacres.  His De militia Caesaris was reprinted several times after its first appearance in 1559 and posthumously promoted, as here, by Ramus’s follower Johann Thomas Freige (or Frei, 1543–1583). 

VD16 L-526. 

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