CURTIUS RUFUS, Quintus. De rebus gestis Alexandri Magni liber decem. Paris, J. Barbou, 1757.
12mo. Re-backed contemporary calf, all edges gilt; pp. xv, 557, , with a fine engraved frontispiece after Eisen, title with woodcut publisher's device, engraved headpiece at beginning of main text, a few typographic ornaments; internally, a very clean and crisp copy.
A beautiful pocket edition of the life of Alexander the Great who shaped the part of the world we now call the Middle East, and beyond. The Roman historian Quintus Curtius Rufus lived in the first century CE, and this is his only known and surviving work. He still had access to written first hand sources by people who accompanied Alexander on his conquests. At the end is a three-page chronological bibliography of about 90 editions of Curtius Rufus book, from from 1470 to the present one.