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    Valerius Maximus. His Collections Of the Memorable Acts And Sayings Of Orators, Philosophers, Statesmen, and Other Illustrious Persons of the Antient Romans, and Other Foreign Nations Upon Various Subjects, Together With the Life of that famous Historian. London: for Benjamin Crayle and John Fish, 1684. 8vo. ¹2, A4, B-2F8. [10],365, 396-478p. Modern calf-backed leatherette, archival repairs to frontis, small ink nick at top of a few leaves, wormtrack hole at end with some text affected, foxing, occ. rust stains, paper toning. Frontis. of 12 famous ancient figures with "Printed for Samuel Speed" at bottom. Valerius Maximus, a Roman historian and contemporary of the emperor Tiberius (42 B.C.-A.D.37), "was the compiler of an extant collection of anecdotes, "facta et Dicta Memorabilia', in nine books, for the use of orators. The anecdotes are arranged, according to the subjects that illustrate, roughly as follows: Book I, religion, omens, prodigies; Book II, social customs; Books III - VI, virtuous conduct (fortitude, moderation, humanity, etc.); Books VII and VIII, a miscellaneous group including good fortune, military stratagems, famous law-suits, eloquence, and many other items; Book IX, evil conduct. The examples on each topic are grouped separately according as they are drawn from the lives of Roman or foreign worthies...the work proved useful, and its popularity, which it retained in the Middle Ages, is shown by the fact that two epitomes of it were made." OCCL.
    Scarce edition, reissue of 1678 with new t.p. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
    Krown & Spellman retail: $400


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