1206. [Antiquity - Militaria]


Stratagematum libri octo [Greek & Latin] [ed. Isaac Casaubon].

[Geneva], J. de Tournes, 1589

16mo: [16]-754-[30] pp. (sl. toned).

Contemp. overl. vellum, flat spine titled in ink, sp. edges. Excellent copy.

Editio princeps of the 2nd-c. Macedonian author Polyaenus. The "Stratagems in war" is divided into 8 books: the first 6 contain accounts of the stratagems of the most celebrated Greek generals, the 7th contains stratagems of non Greeks and Romans, and the 8th those of the Romans and of illustrious women. Parts, however, of the 6th and 7th books are lost, so that of the 900 stratagems which Polyaenus described, 833 have survived. Woodcut mark on title; another one at the end. Printed in 2 col. with Greek along fore-edge.
Ref. SvGultlingen (De Tournes) 725 = Cartier 684. - GLN 3383. - Gilmont (GLN15-16) 2836. - Adams P-1799. - Hoffmann III:437.
Bound with: Leo VI (Imperator) - De bellico apparatu liber, e Graeco in Latinum conuersus, Ioann. Checo Cantabrigiensi interp. Accessit libellus Modesti de vocabulis rei militaris ad Tacitum Augustum. Basel, C. Waldkirch for L. Zetzner (Strasbourg), 1595. 16mo: [247-1 bl.] ff. Repr. (1st: Basel 1554) of the Latin trsl. by the English humanist John Cheke (1514-1557) of a treatise on on military operations, ascribed to the Byzantine emperor Leo VI the Wise (9th c.). In addition the work on military vocabulary of Modestus. Woodcut mark on title. Ref. VD16 L-1199. - Adams L-445. - Hoffmann III:6.

€ 420 / 500

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