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De Bello Peloponnesiaco. Libri octo, Cum Adnotationibus integris.
Author: Thucydidis. [Thucydides]
Reference #: 1002
Status: For Sale
List Price: $4630.00
Full title: De Bello Peloponnesiaco. Libri octo, Cum Adnotationibus integris. Henrici Stephani, & Joannis Hudsoni. Recensuit, & Notas suas addidit Joesephus Wasse. Editionem curavit, suasque Animadversiones adjecit Carolus Andreas Dukerus. Cum Variis dissertationibus, MSCTor, collationibus, et indicibus novis locupletissimis. Amsterdam, R. & J. Wetstenios & Gul. Smith, MDCCXXXI . Folio (16”); full leather, ex libris a charitable organization and beautifully rebound by them with its insignia in blind gilt on front cover; two foliated borders blind in gilt; one foliated border in blind. Spine titles gilt; 5 raised bands, with finely detailed gilt compartment decorations. pp. (34) [2, map] 1-728, -123; all edges gilt. Title page in two colours; text dual columns, Greek and Latin. Engraved vignette on title page, full page engraved frontispiece of the siege of Syracuse; two maps, both double page, as noted above and ff. p. 376, these being of Ancient Greece and of Sicily; decorative initials, head and tail-pieces. Some rubbing to the cover; edge-wear, especially at tail and head of spine, the latter with minor loss of leather; minor foxing to prelims and end-papers, else remarkably clean and bright. This edition of the complete eight books of Thucydides’ History of the Peloponnesian War is a superb example of Dutch printing of the early 18th century. Its historical significance cannot be overstated. M. C. Howatson, editing the 2nd edition of Oxford’s Companion to Classical Literature, notes: “Thucydides displayed a passion for accuracy and exactness that no other ancient historian approached and which was probably a product of his own individuality as much as the result of influence from contemporary scientific writers. Moreover, he saw history as explicable entirely in human terms without recourse to the supernatural; omens and oracles earned his contemptuous dismissal. He reported what he observed, and did not ponder what part if any the gods played in it.” (p. 570) A very heavy book that will require significant postage: our policy will require shipping only with tracking and insurance.
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