2 parts in one vol., 4to, pp. , 32, , 191; 315, ; woodcut printer’s device on title, woodcut initials and head- and tail-pieces; some light marginal damp-staining, worm-track in lower outer corner of some leaves, occasionally resulting in loss of a character or two of text; contemporary southern French sheep, covers and spine panelled in gilt, edges gilt, remains of blue and pink silk ties, gilt arms in centre of covers (see below); rubbed, corners worn, some slight worm damage, pastedowns lifted and torn.
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C. Suetoni Tranquilli De XII. Caesaribus libri VIII.
Second edition of Casaubon’s Suetonius. Isaac Casaubon’s impressive edition, the first to contain a full commentary, was first published at the Estiennes’ Geneva press in 1595 for Jacques Chouët. In some copies of the present edition the place of printing is omitted from the title.
Provenance: Antoine de Coues (1573–1648), with his gilt arms on covers (Olivier 1868, fer 1). De Coues was educated at the Collège de Guyenne in Bordeaux and in 1604 became Coadjutor Bishop of Condom in southwestern France, succeeding to the bishopric in 1616. ‘Il administra son diocese d’une façon parfaite et mourut dans la maison épiscopale de Cassagne le 15 février 1648’ (Olivier). Slightly later ownership inscription of ‘F. Dubeunet’ on title.
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