Folio, ff. , 392; woodcut printer’s device to title and final page, woodcut initials; a few small marginal wormholes to first and last few leaves, a very few light marks, a little browning to some quires; very good in 19th-century quarter sheep, tree patterned paper sides, vellum corners, 4 raised bands to spine, title inked to lower edge; some wear to extremities and rubbing to boards; old paper label partly removed at foot of title; numerous near contemporary marginal annotations in brown ink and marks in red ink.
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Graecorum Romanorumque illustrium vitae ...
An attractive Isengrin edition of Plutarch’s Parallel Lives in Latin, edited by the Alsatian scholar Hieronymus Gemusaeus (1505–1543), and with translations by eminent humanists including Donato Acciaioli, Francesco Barbaro, Leonardo Bruni, Simon Grynaeus, Guarino da Verona, and Lapo da Castiglionchio the Younger.
This copy contains numerous annotations by an anonymous near contemporary reader, many with cross references to other writers, especially Cicero and Livy, with whom he was evidently very well acquainted. The lives of most interest to our annotator include those of Theseus (with a few marginal references to the Minotaur), Lycurgus, Solon, Alcibiades, Themistocles, Titus Flamininus, Cato the Elder, Aemilius Paullus, Tiberius and Gaius Gracchus, Sulla, Gaius Marius, Pompey, Julius Caesar, Brutus, Cicero, and Mark Antony (and Cleopatra).
This edition includes some additional, non-Plutarchian biographies e.g. of Homer, Plato, Aristotle, and Charlemagne.
USTC 684435; VD16 P3763. OCLC finds only 2 copies of this edition in the US (Columbia and Harvard); not on Library Hub.
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