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    Caius Julius Caesar. De Bellis Gallico et Civili Pompejano, nec non A. Hirtii, Aliorumque de Bellis Alexandrino, Africano, et Hispaniensi Commentarii, Ad MSStorum fidem expressi, cum integris notis Dionysii Vossii, Joannis Davisii, et Samuelis Clarkii. Cura et Studio Francisci Oudendorpii, Qui suas animadversions, ac varias Lectiones adjecit. Leyden: Samuel Luchtmans; and Rotterdam: John Daniel Beman, 1737.

    First Oudendorp edition. Two tall quarto volumes bound in one (10.25 x 7.625 inches; 266 x 93 mm.). [2, "pars altera" title], [2, title], [24], 1035, [33] pp. Complete with engraved frontispiece, three engraved maps, and eleven engraved plates, many of which are folding. Title pages printed in red and black, with a woodcut device.

    Contemporary mottled calf, gilt borders of a floral roll pattern, smooth spine elaborately tooled in gilt, gilt red morocco lettering piece, edges sprinkled red, marbled endpapers. Some instances of light offsetting from plates. Light abrading to boards and wear to board extremities, and a few instances of pinhole sized worming to foot of spine. Small bits of loss to slightly bumped corners, exposing inner pasteboards. Overall a very good copy.

    A notably clean and bright copy of Oudendorp's excellent edition of Caesar's Commentaries, celebrated for the rigor of its scholarship and faithfulness of translation. As Dibdin writes, it is "An admirable and truly critical edition, comprehending the labours of Davis, Clarke and Vossius. 'The preceding commentaries on Caesar,' says Harles, 'have all been eclipsed by the skill and researches of Oudendorp; who, by a careful examination of numerous MSS. and editions, has often successfully restored the true ancient reading of his author'" (Dibdin).

    Dibdin, p. 66.


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