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LIVY (64 or 59 B.C.--A.D. 17)
[Ab urbe condita. English. 1600]
The Romane historie vvritten by T. Livivs of Padva. Also, the Breviaries of L. Florus: with a chronologie to the whole historie: and the topographie of Rome in old time. Translated out of Latine into English, by Philemon Holland, Doctor in Physicke.
London: printed by Adam Islip, 1600.
[12], 804, 809--1351, 1354--1403 [i.e. 1396], [43] p. : woodcut illus. ; 31.1 cm. (2º)

The first translation of Livy's Ab urbe condita into English and one of Shakespeare's primary sources for his Roman histories. The 'Breviaries' [i.e. the Periochae or summaries of the books of Livy's Roman history] are here wrongly attributed to Lucius Annaeus Florus. Includes the Epitomae rerum Romanarum of Florus (for books 46--140 only). 'The Topographie Of Rome' is a revised translation of Bartolomeo Marliani's Topographia antiquae Romae. The 'Chronologies' are compiled according to the tables and records of Verrius Flaccus. The first leaf and the last leaf are blank. The pagination jumps from 804 to 809 and from 1351 to 1354; text and register are continuous. The first word of the title is printed from a wood-block, as is the printer's large woodcut device. With a woodcut portrait of Queen Elizabeth I on the title-page verso facing the dedication, and a portrait of Livy in the address 'To The Reader'. ESTC s114001; STC (2nd ed.) 16613; Pforzheimer 495.

Copy Notes Lacking the initial and final blanks. Illegible ownership inscription in ink on title-page. Acquired at Lord Lyttelton's sale, 1--6 July 1823 (q.v.), 4th day, lot 44 with H. Scobell, A collection of acts and ordinances, 1658 (q.v.), for 10s. Soane paid the auctioneer George Robins a total of £17 8s. 6d. for books bought at the sale on 11 July 1823. (See Soane Journal, 11 July 1823). With former lozenge-shaped library shelf-label lettered in ink 44 [over] 2 pasted on the spine.

Binding Later C17th or C18th Cambridge-style blind-panelled calf, rebacked in C19th calf, gilt-ruled spine with tan morocco spine-label.

Reference Number 1323


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