De vita excellentium imperatorum.  Interpretatione et notis illustravit Nicolaus Courtin … in usum serenissimi Delphini. 

Paris, Frères Barbou, 1726. 

4to, pp. [xxxii], 223, [1 (blank)], with additional engraved title-page by L. Cossin; woodcut device to title, woodcut initials, head-, and tail-pieces; occasional light toning and spotting, small hole to A1 touching two letters, small paperflaw to lower blank corner of N4, otherwise a very good copy; eighteenth-century vellum over boards, three gilt-lettered morocco spine labels, marbled endpapers; a few small marks, labels worn; engraved portrait of Nepos pasted to front flyleaf (from Cruttenden’s edition, Oxford, 1684).

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An attractive later Delphin edition (first 1675) of Cornelius Nepos’s LivesThe only surviving work by the first-century BC biographer Cornelius Nepos, the Vitae excellentium imperatorum once formed part of a broader De viris illustribus.  The Lives include Themistocles, Pausanias, and Hannibal; the most interesting character portrayal is that of Alcibiades, while the last two biographies are the most accomplished, describing the elder Cato and Atticus, with whom Nepos was intimate. 

Nicolas Courtin, who was paid 1200 livres to prepare this edition of Nepos for the Grand Dauphin, the son of Louis XIV of France, taught at the Collège de la Marche in Paris. 

Brunet II, 289. 

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