TACITUS. Works. Antwerp, Balthasaris Moreti 1668.
Folio; tan speckled calf, embossed in blind with black accents to upper cover, lower cover and spine, titled by hand in black to spine, 6 raised bands; hinges cracked but holding firm, rubbing to covers, mainly corners and headbands, endpapers with localized border toning, internally crisp and clear type, a good copy of an uncommon text.
Tacitus is considered one of the greatest Roman Historians, most famous for his Histories and Annals, though fragments of five different works have survived in tota. Although Tacitus wrote the Histories before the Annals, the events in the Annals precede the Histories; together they form a continuous narrative from the death of Augustus to the death of Domitian. Tactitus is known for his relatively concise and straightforward account of events, tending towards comprehensibility over embellishment. This edition in Latin is derived from the notes of Justus Lipsius, a Flemish philosopher and humanist who not only revised famous classical works but caused controversy over his remarks advising the government to extirpate religious dissent "by fire and sword". He was convinced later to revise his remarks, publishing a declaration that his expression Ure, seca ("Burn and carve") was a metaphor for a vigorous treatment.