Lot 183

Ancient History.- La Baune (Jacques de)

Panegyrici Veteres, engraved frontispiece, title vignette and coat of arms of the Dauphin of France on first dedication leaf, errata leaf, text engravings depicting medals, light browning, occasional spotting and dust soiling, ‘Joannes Germond Rethor’ inscribed to titles, [Schweiger II, 1312; Keynes, p. 212], Simon Benard, Paris, 1676; Wesseling (Petrus, ed.) Vetera Romanorum itineraria, sive Antonini Augusti itinerarium, half title, title in black and red, with engraved vignette, allegorical frontispiece, double column, light browning, occasional spotting, slight offsetting, addenda et corrigenda leaf at end, upper board detached, J. Wetstein, G. Smith, Amsterdam, 1735, both bound in contemporary mottled? calf, spine tooled in gilt with floral devices and crowns, edges sprinkled red, rubbed and scuffed, corners bumped; with Aelianus (Claudius) & Gronovius (Abraham, transl.) Varia Historia [Greek], 2 vol. in one with continuous pagination, Greek text with Latin translation by Justus Vulteius and notes by Conrad Gesner et al., half title, engraved architectural frontispiece incorporating historical scenes, title in black and red with woodcut device, woodcut initials and text engravings, errata leaf, some browning and spotting, contemporary Dutch blind tooled vellum over boards, title inked to spine, soiled, [Hoffmann I, 13], S. Luchtmans et al., Leiden, 1731, 4to (3)

*** The second title is an Important collection of Roman travels, edited by the Dutch scholar Wesseling (1692-1764), and with the annotations by J. Zurita (1512-1580), J. Simler (1530-1576) and A. Schottus.

Provenance. Edward Gibbon’s copies, with his armorial bookplate. The three works were frequently cited in his ‘Declin and Fall of the Roman Empire’ and other works. On ‘Vetera Romanorum’ he wrote: “A most excellent edition of one of the most useful works we have, on the Geography of the Roman Empire” (‘Miscellaneous Works’, 1797, vol. 6, p. 97). The copy of the work by Aelianus was sold at Sotheby’s in 1969 as part of the ‘Library of Rupert Hart-Davies’.

Estimate: £800-£1,200