1664 · Amsterdam
Later edition of the Commelin edition of Tacitus edited by Marcus Boxhorn first in 1643. This version of Tacitus covers the era following the death of Caesar Augustus including the reigns of Claudius, Caligula, and Nero. Importantly, Tacitus is the earliest known secular history to mention Jesus Christ wherein Tacitus connects Nero to the persecution of early Christians.
Small 8vo. (3 1/4" x 5 ½" x 1 3/4"). In a fine presentation binding of contemporary Roman red morocco by Andreoli*. Spine richly gilt in compartments lettered directly, edges gilt; very little surface rubbing, shallow cracking to spine.
Pagination: , 767, including engraved title, printed title.With folding letterpress table (Stemma Augustæ domus). A bright, handsome copy with minor worming to lower outer corner of quire B,not affecting text.
With Pamphili arms in gilt tooled to each cover. This copy was most likely bound for Camillo Pamphili (1622–1666) Prince of San Martino al Cimino. The book then passed into the well-documented library of his son Cardinal Benedetto Pamphili** (1653–1730) patron of art and music, and Vatican librarian. This copy also has the library stamp of Libraria Colonna of the powerful Colonna family of Rome whose members have been princes, cardinals, viceroys, and, on one occasion, Pope. (See Cohen-de-Ricci p978); Also with a 19th century ownership note in ink:Philippus H. Howard ea dono Petris, Rome 1819, and a 20th century bookplate. (Inventory #: 41219)