[Alexander the Great, Biography] (1633)
Q. Curtii Rufi Historiarum Libri, Accuratissime Editi (1633)
by Quintus Curtius Rufus
5 x 2 ¾. In Latin. Leiden: Elzevir, 1633. FIRST EDITION thus. Complete. A biography of Alexander the Great written by a first-century Roman historian and edited by celebrated Dutch Renaissance scholar Daniel Heinsius. First of the Elzevier editions dated 1633, published by Bonaventure and Abraham Elzevier. Bound in laced vellum, hand-lettered spine title, yapp edges, with a small, gilt-stamped bookplate of Oscar Sutro. Trivial aged character to the binding as well as penciled notations on front pastedown. Engraved title-page, showing Alexander the Great trampling an enemy. Also, a woodcut medallion of Alexander's head (from a coin) with a folding map of his expeditions of conquest; full-page birdseye view of the Oraculum at the Temple of Jupiter Ammon. Text block is crisp and clean, though there may be the occasional slight imperfection such as a tiny tear or other minor quirk that comes with a book this age. Otherwise, a fine book that is especially well-preserved internally. Early editions are not commonly seen in the marketplace.
About the printer: Elzevir is the name of a celebrated family of Dutch booksellers, publishers, and printers of the 17th and early 18th centuries. They became very famous and very desirable among bibliophiles, who sought to obtain the tallest and freshest copies of these tiny books. Though their Greek and Hebrew impressions are considered inferior to those of the Aldines and the Estiennes, the famous Elzevir small editions (in 12mo, 16mo and 24mo) were beloved for their elegance of design, neatness, regularity of type, and, ultimately, utility and portability.
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