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    Historical Works by Appianus of Alexandria
    and Flavius Arrianus

    Appianus: Rom[anarum]. Historiarum. Punica, Parthica, Iberica, Syriaca, Mithridatica, Annibalica, Celticae & Illyricae fragmenta quaedam. Item, De bellis civilibius libri V. [Geneva:] Henri Stephanus [Estienne],1592. *-2*6,a-4a6,(2)a,e,i6 [i6 blank]. [12],x,[2],767,[1],72, [34],[2]p. [bound after:] Arrianus: De Expeditione Alexandri Magni. Historiarum Libri VIII. Ex Bonavent. Vulcanii Brug. nova interpretatione. [Geneva]: Henri Stephanus [Estienne],1575. Folio. *6,A-Q6,R4,a-g6. [12].198,68,[10],[1]p. [54-5 repeated]. Two volumes in one. Estienne device number ten on both title pages, ornamental initials and head-pieces. Early calf, rebacked and recornered, small split in top of front hinge, minor loss at foot of spine, title labels; gilt arms of Gaspard Piebet de Nanlac, Seigeur de Ligny (1626-1694) on covers; repaired tear in title page of Arrianus. Provenance: Julio Berzuna collection of Alexander (bookplate); some minor dampstains, and foxing. Otherwise in very good condition. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.

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    Appianus: Appian  (circa A.D. 95 - circa 165), of Alexandria was a Greek historian with Roman citizenship who flourished during the reigns of Trajan, Hadrian and Antoninus Pius. He was born circa 95 in Alexandria. He tells us that, after having filled the chief offices in the province of Egypt, he went to Rome circa 120, where he practiced as an advocate, pleading cases before the emperors. In 147 at the earliest he was appointed to the office of procurator, probably in Egypt, on the recommendation of his friend Marcus Cornelius Fronto. The position of procurator was open only to members of the equestrian class.

    His work, known in English as the Roman History, in twenty-four books, written in Greek before 165, is more a number of monographs than a connected history. It gives an account of various peoples and countries from the earliest times down to their incorporation into the Roman Empire, and survives in complete books and considerable fragments. In spite of its unattractive style, the work is very valuable, especially for the period of the civil wars.

    "The Civil Wars, five of the later books in the corpus, concern mainly the end of the Roman Republic and take a conflict based approach to history." [Wikipedia]

    "Second, but first complete, edition of Appianus; the editio princeps had been published by Charles Estienne in 1551. In this second edition Henri Estienne incorporates the Iberica ("Wars in Spain") and Hannibalica ("Hannibalic Wars"), which had not yet been discovered when the editio princeps was published, and which he himself brought back from Italy... Estienne has also added 72 pages of very valuable Annotationes. In his preface to the Annotationes Estienne boasts that Appian owes his survival entirely to the Estienne family..." [Schreiber]

    Arrianus: Arrian (circa A.D.95-175), "Greek of Nicomedia in Bithynia, a successful officer in the Roman army, who became consul and legate in Cappadocia. He was the author of various extant works in Greek; a valuable Anabasis of Alexander the Great, in seven books, narrating his campaigns, with an eight book descriptive of India and Indian customs and relating the voyage of Nearchus in the Persian Gulf.."[OCCL]

    "An important edition of Arrian's Anabasis of Alexander the Great, and its continuation, the Indica, edited with a Latin translation by the Flemish humanist from Bruges, Bnaventura Vulcanus (De Smet, 1538-1614); following the texts of Arrian. Vulcanius has added Plutarch's Life of Alexander (in Greek and Latin), as well as Plutarch's essay 'On the Fortune or Virtue of Alexander' (Greek text with the Latin version of Guillaume Bude". [Schreiber]

    Appianus: Index Aurel.106.591.  Schreiber 223. Renouard 155#4. Moeckli 132. Hoffman I,214. Ebert 845 "Corrected and enlarged" Schweiger 39. Arrianus: Index Aurel. 109.037. Schreiber 195. Renouard 142:7. Moeckli 82-3. Hoffman I,377.



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