C. Suetonius Tranquilis,
TWO VOLUMES. 4to. 8.75 x 10.5 inches. Tomus I,  + 808 pp.; Tomus II,  + 420 + 202 +  + 421-492 pp. +  pp., indexes (Matthiae Berneggeri Index, Index rerum et verborum, Corrigenda et addenda). Tomus II has several different pagination sequences and registers; although some signatures are irregular, the text is complete as called for. Notes in double columns below main text. Title pages in red and black. Text in Latin. Bound in contemporary panelled vellum, spine in compartments with decorated raised bands with contrasting morocco title labels. Light age related wear to extremities and occasional spotting inside; otherwise a very good crisp set. Armourial bookplates of Chas. Willm. Bigge, Linden. Signature of Gilbert Wakefield 1796 on first free enpaper of Vol. I. Illustrated by engraved title page (dated 1735), in frontispiece position, 34 folding numismatic plates engraved title page vignette of publisher's device, numismatic text figures, tailpiece vignettes and by initials. The two volumes reprint the works of Caius Suetonius Tranquilis (c.AD 69-after 122), Roman historian of the early imperial era, his best known work being the Twelve Caesars (from Julius to Domitian). This forms the content of the first volume and is concluded in the second. Volume II also contains the De Illustratibus Grammaticus, De Claris Rhetoribus, other minor works, inscriptions from monuments, notes by earlier commentators, the numismatic plates, dedications and prefaces and the indexes. This famous Amsterdam edition of 1736 is illustrated by fine copperplates and bound in vellum, was edited by the Dutch scholar and diplomat, Pieter Burman, the Elder (1668-1741). It is based on the work of many previous editors and commentators. The set was first owned by Gilbert Wakefield (1756-1801), scholar and writer on political reform and religion. Educated at Cambridge, he graduated in 1776 and took orders, but left the church to become a Unitarian. He was a tutor in classics in Dissenting academies, defended the French Revolution and was imprisoned for writing a seditious pamphlet. The Suetonius was subsequently acquired for the library of Charles William Bigge (1773-1849), merchant and banker of Newcastle upon Tyne, who was educated at Westminster and Oxford, studied law, served in the militia and made a continental tour from 1800. He had Linden Hall, Longhorsley, Northumberland, built in 1812.
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