“[Kennett] graduated BA in 1693 and MA in 1696 [from Oxford College]. That year he published his first and most successful work, Romae antiquae notitia, or, The Antiquities of Rome. Prefaced by two original essays – ‘The Roman learning’ and ‘The Roman education’ – it passed through many editions, and as late as 1786 the bookseller William Lowndes purchased a thirty-second share in the rights to the book. Its elegant synthesis of the antiquarian data assembled over the previous 200 years ensured it a leading place among books on the daily life of the Romans until the nineteenth century.” (DNB)
Fifth edition. 1713 (19.5 x 12.5 cm), , 375, pp., engraved portrait frontispiece and vignette to title page, illustrated with 12 engraved plates; contemporary sprinkled calf, double blind roll framing boards, red morocco lettering piece to second compartment of six, raised bands, red spreckled edges, somewhat rubbed.
Provenance: Earls of Macclesfield (armorial bookplate and blindstamp).
Stock ID: 77162