Les Apophtegmes des Anciens, tirez de Plutarque, de Diogène Laërce, d'Elien, d'Athénée, de Stobée, de Macrobe et de quelques autres et les Stratagèmes de Frontin,
by ABLANCOURT, Nicolas Perrot d'.
de la traduction de Nicolas Perrot, Sieur d'Ablancourt. 12 p.l., 512,  pp. Large 4to, cont. red morocco, double gilt fillet round sides, spine gilt, a.e.g. Paris: T. Jolly, 1664. First edition, and a very handsome copy in contemporary red morocco, ruled in red throughout, of this collection of aphorisms and apothegms of classical writers, gathered, edited, and translated by Ablancourt (1606-64), a well-known literary figure of the period. He was famous as a translator of classical Greek and Latin texts and maintained a number of controversial theories regarding translation. His translations of these and other works helped form classical taste in the mid-17th century and influenced French prose style. Pages -end contain his translation of the Stratagems of Sextus Julius Frontinus (ca. 40-103 AD), the author of a famous book on the aqueducts of Rome. The Stratagems is a collection of examples of military stratagems from Greek and Roman history, for the use of generals and also drawn from his own experiences as a general in Germany. A fine and fresh copy. Faint dampstaining to upper outer corner and final five leaves with a small stain in upper margin. . (Inventory #: HillBibl-5152)
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