Histoire de Polybe, Nouvellement Traduite de Grec Par Dom Vincent Thuillier, Benedictin de la Congregation de Saint Maur. Avec un commentaire ou un corps de science militaire enrichi de notes critiques et historiques, . . . par M. de Folard. . . [6 volumes].
by [POLYBIUS (c.?200–c.118 BC)] Jean-Charles de FOLARD (1669-1752), editor.
Paris:: Pierre Gandouin, Julien-Michel Gandouin, Pierre-Francois Giffart, and Nicolas-Pierre Armand, 1727-1730., 1727. 6 volumes. 4to. Frontispiece portrait, 51 single page plates, 75 five double page plates, engraved head-pieces, head-and-tail-pieces, decorated initials, diagrams; some of the plates feature small rectangles colored in red and blue to differentiate between armies and positions. ELEGANTLY BOUND in contemporary French full brownish-red calf, triple gilt-ruled borders, the first four volumes with a stamped gilt armorial crown, two rampant lions, and three hands appaumy device bisected by a bar, [within an oval], centered on both covers, five raised spine bands with gilt decorations and titles in compartments, all edges gilt, gilt dentelles; boards rubbed, scuffed, and lightly soiled, corners and edges worn and/or bumped, volume two with a crease across its front cover and a small tear in its fore-edge, bumps at head and foot of spines, gilt edges lightly dulled, few cracked joints and hinges; occasional small holograph pencil marks or writing, edge wear with small tears, some foxing and browning, occasional minor soiling and dampstaining; otherwise a very good copy with wide margins. Bookplates of Sir Henry Allen Johnson/ Bart. K.W. Best edition, large paper, edited with commentary on the technical military events by Folard, a French officer, and translated from the Greek by Vincent Thuillier (1685-1735). While at once a history of the Roman Republic conquests and battles during the period 264–146 BC, it is also a study of military science. A biography of Polybius opens the text in vol. I. The work is richly illustrated with 126 engravings, including maps and formations of the armies. Among the maps is the route of Hannibal through the Alps. The set is beautifully bound for a patron with means. ". . . Dom Vincent Thuillier (1685-1736), . . . produced a French translation of the whole of Polybius at the request of an eager strategist, the Chevalier de Folard, who had been inspired with an interest in the art of war by reading the Commentaries of Caesar. The Chevalier's commentary on Polybius, which accompanied the Benedictine monk's translation, included so many personal reflections on his military contemporaries, that the first volume alone was allowed to be published in France (1727), while the remainder saw the light in Holland." – John E. Sandys, A History of Classical Scholarship, II, p. 389. "The substance of Polybius' work is based on historical information and conveys his role as a historian. His Histories starts in 264 BC and finishes in 146 BC. He mainly discusses the years in which ancient Rome rose to superpower status from 220 BC to 167 BC, describing Rome's efforts in subduing its arch-enemy, Carthage, and thereby becoming the dominant Mediterranean force. Books I through V of The Histories are the introduction for the years during his lifetime, describing the politics in each powerful nation, including ancient Greece and Egypt. In Book VI, Polybius describes the way of the Romans; he discusses the powers of the different parts of the republic, as well as the rights of the plebeian. He describes the First and Second Punic Wars. Polybius concludes the Romans are the pre-eminent power because they maintain customs and traditions which promote a deep desire for noble acts, a love of virtue, piety towards parents and elders, and a fear of the gods. He also chronicled are the conflicts between Hannibal [see map v. IV, p. 90] and Publius Cornelius Scipio Africanus such as the Battle of Ticinus, the Battle of the Trebia, the Siege of Saguntum, the Battle of Lilybaeum, and the Battle of Rhone Crossing. In Book XII, Polybius discusses the worth of Timaeus' account of the same period of history. He asserts Timaeus' point of view is inaccurate, invalid, and biased in favor of Rome. Therefore, Polybius's Histories is also useful in analyzing the different Hellenistic versions of history and of use as a credible illustration of actual events during the Hellenistic period." – Wikip. PROVENANCE: Sir Henry Allen Johnson (1748-1835), 1st Baronet, was an Irish general in the British Army. We is said to have served in the West Indies, then in American, being preset at the surrender at York Town in October, 1781, then he led a command in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland. Lord Cornwallis described him as "a wrong-headed blockhead." Louis Sloos, (editor). Warfare and the Age of Printing, Catalogue of Early Printed Books from before 1801 in Dutch Military Collections, Brill,(2008), 4 vols., 03037. [EXTRA POSTAGE WILL APPLY].
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