CURTIUS RUFUS, Quintus. De rebus gestis Alexandri Magni regis Macedonum, libri superstites. Cum omnibus supplementis, variantibus lectionibus, commentariis ac notis perpetuis Fr. Modii, V. Acidalii, Chr. Cellarii, Nic. Heinsii. Selectis & excerptis Ph. Rubenii, J. Rutgersii ... Curavit & digessit Henricus Snakenburg. Delft and Leiden, Adriaan Beman and Samuel Luchtmans, 1724.
4to. Original vellum over boards, ornamented in blind, spine lettered in ink; pp. [lxxiii], 824, , [2, a re-set variant of pp. 347/8], 2 [Addenda ad notas]; title printed in red and back and with woodcut device; engraved allegorical frontispiece; folding map and 16 engraved plates; boards a bit warped (only in a low-humidity environment); otherwise very clean and fresh; provenance: 18th-century ownership inscription H. J. Borgers to front fly-leaf, ownership inscription Ronald Coates, dated 1919 (British Army of the Rhine) underneath, late 19th-century bookplate Fritz Milkau inside front cover, 19th-century Königsberg bookdealer's label above.
Best edition of the life of Alexander the Great who shaped the part of the world we now call the Middle East, and beyond. 'This is the celebrated quarto Variorum edition of Q. Curtius, which contains many valuable extracts from Bruno, Modius, Freinshem, and Cellarius. The text is formed according to the first edition of Freinshem, from which it never departs but with the most scrupulous caution, and when warranted by a better reading. This edition of Snakenburg is a very valuable performance, and is deservedly held in high respect' (Dibdin II, 377). 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.
Brunet 2,450 ('édition très estimée').