Historia Navalis Antiqua, Libris Quator. Sir Thomas Ryves.
Historia Navalis Antiqua, Libris Quator

Historia Navalis Antiqua, Libris Quator.

London: For Robert Barker and Heirs of John Bill, 1633.

Second edition. Folding plate. [viii], 491, [errata] pp. 8vo. Contemporary gilt-tooled vellum in a panel design with stamped central medallion and leafy stamp at four corner, spine gilt, fold-over flaps; minor soiling ESTC S116320. Provenance: John Rolle, Baron Rolle, Bicton House (according to a pencil note on front flyleaf, but not in 1850 catalogue); Bent Juel-Jensen (bookplate); Robert S. Pirie (bookplate). Item #304109

This second edition incorporates the material from the 1629 edition and extends it to the creation of the Roman Empire. "In 1683 Samuel Pepys praised Ryves's Historia navalis in fulsome terms, 'there being not anything I know of extant in history, so much to the honour of our country as this piece of Sir Thomas Reeves, I am sure, nor so edifying to me upon the subject which above all others I am covetous of information in' (Downshire MSS, 1.18)" (ODNB).

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