Titus Livius [Livy]: Historiarum Libri ab Urbe Condita. (Leiden (Holland): Lugd. Batavorum: ex Officina Elseviriana, 1634), first Elzevier edition, three volumes, vI 726 pages [16] index, vII 848 pages [15] index, vIII 796 pages [13] index, dedication by Daniel Heinsius, engraved title page (showing the goddess Roma with the Tiber personified swimming at her feet, and Romulus and Remus suckled by the wolf) in first volume by C. C. Duysendt, engraved vignettes on title pages of volume II and III, engraved head-pieces and initials, vellum, 24mo (3" x 5.25"), very old book plate on the inside front cover of each volume, light toning to pages, else remarkably sound condition.

    Throughout the Renaissance, Titus Livy (first century B.C.) was considered the premier source for Roman history, and his account of the rise of Rome from its beginnings to its triumphs in the Punic Wars was central to historical and political thought. The Elzevier family of printers began work about 1581 in Leiden, and ultimately became "de facto" printers to the city's newly founded university. The text was edited by Daniel Heinsius (1580-1655), one of the most distinguished scholars of the period. An important set in uncommonly good condition.

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