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Kennett, Basil of C.C.C. of Oxon.

Romae Antiquae Notitia: or, The Antiquities of Rome. In two parts. I. A short history of the rise, progress, and decay of the common-wealth. II. A description of the city. An account of the religion, civil government, and art of war; with the remarkable customs and ceremonies, publick and private. With copper cuts of the principal buildings, &c. To which are prefix'd two essays: concerning the Roman learning, and the Roman education. Dedicated to his highness the Duke of Glocester.

Romae Antiquae Notitia: or, The Antiquities of Rome.
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Printed for A. Swall and T. Child, London. 1696, Three blanks, then unpaginated preliminaries (Dedication, the "Essays," and a publisher's menu of related items: [40]p.); then 368p., index ([22]p.), bound-in errata leaf, terminal blank. Copper-engraved plates, some folding, Original casing of 1696: 7.8x4.7 inch boards in full binding cut from a welltanned hide, uncracked joints and sound hinges; blind panellings on the polished calf surface, edges ruled gilt, raised bands on a spine that has lost its "polish.". Lacks the spine label, of which no shadow or other trace, top and tail show ragged small (eighth-inch) losses, moderate shelfwear to boards. Both endsheets (front and rear, pastedown and free) are either absent or never present, leaving no trace with exposed calf foldovers. Front pastedown bears an early 19th century engraved armorial bookplate on the naked board, a nice one showing a pretzel-tailed dragon rampant. Textblock quite sound on its original cords and thread, all edges stippled red, paperstock alkaline and untoned with occasional spottiness. As to plates, we have eleven, counting the map captioned "Roma Antiqua." The plates are mostly very good, with three singletons fastened to leaf opposite with old document tape which intrudes into the strike; and a fourth, a folded one, having a tape-reinforced outer margin. No other folded plate is disturbed. The singletons tend to be marked by dust-soil and mild edgewear, and protrude fractionally from the foredge. Here and there a strike may be cropped up to its enclosing panel. Find four stubs (at 20/21; 34/35 [2]; 92/93) which are not excisions.

Cat.No: 179184

Price: $350.00

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