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[CASSIUS DIO].

De'fatti de'Romani dalla guerra di Candia, fino alla morte di Claudio imperatore.

Stock Code
106260
Venice, G. Giolito de Ferrari, 1565
£1,750

1565 Italian edition of Books XXXV - LX of Cassius Dio's Roman History, from the Cretan War, during the Third Mithridatic War in 67 BC, to the death of the Emperor Claudius in 54 AD. Translated from Ancient Greek to Latin by Guilielmus Xylander (1558) and from Latin to Italian by Francesco Baldelli (this volume).

This volume contains the bookplate of Joseph Smith, British Consul at Venice from 1774-1760. He was a patron of artists, most notably Canaletto, a collector and connoisseur, banker to the British community at Venice, and a major figure on the British Grand Tour. As well as marrying Catherine Tofts (the first English prima donna), helping to set up a printing firm in Venice, and commissioning works from Canaletto, 'Consul' Smith built up a vast library, including many early printed books. He was eventually forced to sell his collection to George III, to help himself out

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First edition thus; 4to, (21.5 x 15.5 cm); woodcut publisher's device to title, woodcut headpieces, woodcut historiated initials, some worming to front free endpaper and title, scattered light toning to leaves (mostly marginal); contemporary vellum, gilt device stamped to covers, gilt lettering to spine on a black ground, some material loss to lower spine label, some soiling and warping to boards, edges toned, corners rubbed, overall a very good copy; [84], 843, [1] pp.

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