Folio, ff. , ‘222’ [recte 208], ‘25’, [recte 35], ; title printed in red and black with large architectural woodcut device, part-titles with repeated device, numerous large woodcut illustrations throughout, woodcut headpieces and initials, f. 112 blank; evenly browned throughout, marginal paperflaws to ff. 113 and 124, dampstain to outer margins of early leaves; a very good copy in contemporary vellum over boards, yapp fore-edges with vestigial ties, spine lettered in ink, edges stained blue, vellum tabs to fore-edge; lightly stained with a few marks, front free endpaper neatly removed; very occasional ink annotations and underlining in an early hand.
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Notitia utraque, dignitatum, cum orientis, tum occidentis, ultra arcadii honoriique tempora, et in eam Guidi Panciroli … interpretis legum primarii commentarium … ultima editio, auctior, et correctior.
An expanded edition, illustrated on almost every leaf, of an anonymous fifth-century description of the Roman Empire.
The Notitia, an important source on the civil and military structure of the later Empire both Eastern and Western, survived in copies from a single lost example, formerly at Speier; an unillustrated abridgement was published as part of Alciati’s De magistratibus civilibus et militaribus officiis (Gryphe, 1530), but did not appear in full until Froben’s edition of 1552, edited by Sigismund Gelen (1497–1554). Guido Panicroli’s additions were published in Venice in 1593, and are here joined by further commentary by François Roaldes (1519–1589) and an expanded index by Guillaume Maran (1546–1621).
Among the many woodcut illustrations, ranging from formulaic to figurative and at times fanciful, are portraits, maps, architectural and topographic sketches, and insignia and quotidian objects; images of bound codices and scrolls in various forms also appear with striking frequency.
USTC 6901025; Graesse IV, p. 691 (‘cette éd. est plus complete que les deux antérieures … il s’est servi de deux mss. et a ajouté un commentaire assez érudit’).
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First edition of one of the textbooks that Wesley compiled for the school that he founded at Kingswood, Bristol, in 1748. Finding contemporary textbooks inadequate, he published an astonishing number of works for his pupils – grammars, editions of classics, and other introductions to learning. His first concern was purity of thought (there are, for example, only brief, cautious extracts from Ovid, while Horace gets more than half the volume), but also the purity of Latin style. There are runs of his textbooks at Wesley House, the John Rylands Library, and in the Frank Baker collection at Duke, but, as is wont with schoolbooks, most are now very rare.