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Auction: Valuable Books and Manuscripts
was auctioned on: 12 July 2017
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VEGETIUS RENATUS, Flavius (379-395). De re militari libri quatuor . - Sextus Julius FRONTINUS (30-ca.104). De strategematis . - AELIANUS Tacticus (fl. 2nd century). De instruendis aciebus . Translated from Greek into Latin by Theodorus Thessalonicens...

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Estimate: £1,800 - £2,500
ca. US$2,320 - US$3,223
Price realised:  £2,250
ca. US$2,900
Lot number 160, Views: 45

VEGETIUS RENATUS, Flavius (379-395). De re militari libri quatuor . - Sextus Julius FRONTINUS (30-ca.104). De strategematis . - AELIANUS Tacticus (fl. 2nd century). De instruendis aciebus . Translated from Greek into Latin by Theodorus Thessalonicensis. - MODESTUS (pseudo-). De vocabulis rei militaris . Edited by Guillaume Budé (1467-1560). Paris: [Chrétien Wechel for] Charles Perier, 1553. Fifth Wechel edition, the fourth illustrated , of the Scriptores rei militaris . The De vocabulis rei militaris , spuriously attributed to Modestus, is an epitome of Vegetius by Pomponius Laetus or one of his pupils. The woodcuts, copied from the cuts used in Heinrich Steiner's 1529 Augsburg edition and first used by Wechel in 1532, show machines of war, some fantastical, others premonitory. This copy has the correct cut of a diver on l6r (in some copies the cut on l5v is incorrectly repeated). Adams V334; Brunet V, 1162; see Fairfax Murray French 563. Folio (320 x 203mm). 124 woodcut illustrations including a cut of a lansquenet designated as the author (repeated on a4v and Q1v), all but three full-page, typographic diagrams of troop formations in the Aelianus, woodcut initials, Wechel's woodcut Pegasus device on title and at end, 19 later engraved cut-outs of prominent French figures pasted on front pastedown and last endpaper verso. Late 17th-century vellum, floral motifs on spine, evidence of two fore-edge ties (lacking ties). Provenance : Charles Fevret (bookplate; father of the founder of the Library of Dijon).

Informations about the auction
Auction house: Christie's
Title: Valuable Books and Manuscripts
Date of the auction: 12 Jul 2017
Address: Christie's
London