Cornelius Nepos De Vita Excellentium Imperatorum.
Apud Fredericum Leonard, Typographum Regis, Serenissimi Delphini, et Cleri Gallicani vi? Jacob??.
FIRST DELPHIN EDITION. 4to. 7.5 X 10.25 inches.  + 163 +  pp. +  pp. index +  pp. Paraphrases ('Interpretatio') and notes in double columns below main text). Text in Latin. Bound in contemporary vellum, with manuscript title, C. Nepos in Usum Delphini on spine. A little age related wear, but otherwise a very good crisp copy. Early library mark at top of first free endpaper. Illustrated by engraved title (depicting Arion and the dolphin, with Delphin emblem) by Louis Cossin (1627-1704), by printer's device on title page, head and tailpiece vignettes and by initials. The Delphin Classics 1675 edition of the De Vita Excellentium Imperatorum of Cornelius Nepos (c.110-25 BC), a Roman biographer and historian, who came from near Verona The volume was prepared by Nicolaus Courtin of the University of Paris, as part of the Delphin classics series for the use of the eldest son of Louis XIV, the Dauphin, Louis (1661-1711). These famous editions, published 1670-98, reprinted the Latin texts with paraphrases, notes and an index of the Latin words. The only surviving major work of Cornelius Nepos, this is the first part of a work of collective biography, with accounts of thirty four political leaders, historians, orators, etc., principally Greek, and the addition of the Carthaginian generals, Hamilcar and Hannibal; only two Romans appear, Cato and Atticus. The text also includes a life of Nepos, the opinions of classical writers on him, a chronology and some fragments from his other writings
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