Historia Alexandri Magni. by CURTIUS, Quintus Rufus (1st century).

CURTIUS, Quintus Rufus (1st century).

Historia Alexandri Magni. Cum notis selectiss. Variorum, Raderi, Freinshemii, Loccenii, Blancardi, &c. Editio accuratissima. Accurante C[ornelius] S[Schrevelius] M[edicus] D[octor]. Leiden, apud Ioannem Elsevirum, 1658.

First Elzevier Edition. 8vo (170 x 98 mm), pp. [iv], 751, 93, [46], engraved title-page, shaved on the outer margin, folding map of Alexander’s expeditions and small folding engraved plate at p. 184, with decorative initials, head- and tail-pieces and a few woodcuts in the text, edges dusty, occasional very minor spotting, bound in eighteenth century polished sprinkled calf, raised bands, spine gilt, red morocco label ruled and lettered in gilt, upper joint, corners, head and foot of spine a bit rubbed, spine starting to crack, with some contemporary marginalia in the early section of the text and later pencilled annotations on the front endpapers.

The first Elzevir edition, complete with the engraved map and folding plate, of this history of Alexander the Great, written by the first century Roman historian, Quintus Curtius Rufus. This work was extremely popular in the medieval period, when it inspired romance poems, and in the Renaissance, when it was reprinted dozens of times. This ‘Variorum’ edition was produced by Cornelius Schrevelius (1608-1660) and includes the additional text by the German scholar Johannes Casper Freinsheim (1608-1660) who attempted to supply an alternative version of the two lost books of Curtius. With a folding map showing the course of Alexander’s expeditions and an attractive architectural folding plate. This copy has a number of early manuscript annotations which have been trimmed for hte

Willems 821; Graesse I, 311.

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