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    Polybius, the Historian. Historiarum Libri Priores Quinque, Nicolao Perotto Sipontino Interprete. Item, Epitome Sequentium Librorum, Usque Ad Decimumseptimum, Vvolfgango Musculo interprete. Rerum et verborumin hisce memorabilium Index. Basle: Johannes Hervagius, 1549. Krown & Spellman retail: $450. Folio. sign 4,A-2C6,2D10 [-2D10 blank] [8], 323, [11]p. Old boards with wrappers covering 1/3 of each cover, worn away at extremities. Leaves in fine condition. First Edition Thus. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.

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    Polybius (ca.202-120 B.C.), the great Greek historian of the Roman Republic, was the tutor of Scipio AEmilianus.  He accompanied Scipio to the siege of Carthage in 147-146, and is most famous for his history of Rome, which covers the period from the beginning to the Second Punic War to the destruction of Carthage and Corinth (146).  The corpus of his history covered 40 books, of which only the first five survive in their entirely.

    "This edition contains the first five books... with the Latin version of Perottus, and the Epitome of the following books to the xvii th, with the Latin Version of Wolfgang Musculus.... Causaubon in his most elegant Preface has given some curious and interesting information relating to Perottus..."[Moss]. This is the Latin volume only without the Greek text.  Adams P1803. Dibdin II, 350. Hoffmann III,269. Moss II,525.

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