Roman Religion and Military Discipline

Discours de la Religion des anciens Romains, de la castramentation & discipline militaire d'iceux. Des bains & Antiques exercitations Grecques & Romaines.

Lyon: Guillaume Rouill, 1567.

Price: $1,500.00

About the item

First combined edition (first published separately 1556 and 1555, respectively), and first quarto edition. 2 parts in one volume. 554 woodcut medallions and 47 additional woodcuts (5 full-page) for Discours de la Religion; 43 large woodcuts (several being full-page) for Castramentation; 3 small and 3 full-page woodcuts for "des Bains & Antiques Exercitations Grecques et Romaines". 339, [1], [54] pp.; 154, [10] pp. 1 vols. 4to. Roman Religion and Military Discipline. Modern quarter morocco and marbled boards. Title with early owners' inscriptions; final page (blank) with numerous early annotations. Clean, sound copy. Brunet II 857; Mortimer French 180 & 181 (1556 & 1557 eds. respectively).

Item #243536

Du Choul's classic works on Roman religion and Roman military practices, featuring the beautiful woodcuts attributed to Pierre Eskric, were intended to be published together, but in fact were published separately in folio (Discours de la Religion in 1556; De la castramentation & discipline militaire in 1555, and again separately in 1557), due to delays involving preparation of Discours de la Religion; the two, however, are frequently found bound together. This is the first edition in quarto, "plus complète", according to Brunet.