Romanæ historiæ compendium …. Giulio Pomponio Leto.
Romanæ historiæ compendium …

Romanæ historiæ compendium ….

[Paris]: Jean Dupré, [7 May 1501].

First Paris edition. Woodcut illustration on title-page, large printer's woodcut device on last leaf. [62] ff. Collation A-I^6 K^8. 4to. Eighteenth-century calf, gilt spine, red edges. Light wear to joints, closed tear to inner margin of textblock. Goff L27; Moreau 1501/854; Provenance: Nicolas Mallary of Rouen (signature on title-page, possibly Nicolas Maillard, c. 1486-1565, cf. Bietenholz, P. et al. Contemporaries of Erasmus, pp. 369-370); Macclesfield North Library (bookplate, shelfmark 11.B.17, embossed stamp to first two leaves). Item #304784

Giulio Pomponio Leto, also known as Julius Pompoinius Laetus, was an Italian Renaissance humanist whose original Italian name has been lost. He studied under Lorenzo Valla and founded the Accademia Romana, whose members adopted Greek and Latin names and treated Pomponio as their "pontifex maximus" or leader.

This work, the "compendium of Roman History," covers Roman history from the troubled and brief reign of the emperor Gordian II (who reigned for one month with his father, Gordian I, in 238 AD, which is also known as the Year of the Six Emperors) to Justin III in the early 7th century. It was first published in 1499 in Venice.

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