Des GUERRES D'ALEXANDRE. Nicolas - Arrian . Perrot d'Ablancourt, Lucius Flavius. ca 86 - 160 also Arrianus, 1606 - 1664, Alexander III of Macedon. 356 – 323 BC.


Paris: Chez Lovis De Villac, 1652. 2nd edition thus. [32], 1 - 128, 131 - 162, 161 - 496, 495 - 500, [22] [= 556] pp. P. 125 misnumbered 127, 443 as 143. Engraved title leaf [dated 1651], by M Lasne. T.p. printer's device. Head- tailpieces. Decorative initial capital letters. 8vo: a^8 e^8 A - 2I^8 2K^6. 7-1/4" x 4-1/2". Period full vellum binding with title hand-inked to spine crown. Vellum soiled, with a smudge partially obscuring title lettering on spine. Very minor worming to prelims, not affecting text. A VG copy. Item #34562

"Arrian a historian, public servant, military commander and philosopher from the 2nd-Century Roman period. ... His most important work is Anabasis of Alexander, generally ... regarded as the widest read, and arguably the most complete, account of the Macedonian conqueror, for Arrian was able to use sources which are now mostly lost, such as the contemporary works by Callisthenes (the nephew of Alexander's tutor Aristotle), Onesicritus, Nearchus and Aristobulus." [Wiki].

This mid-17th C. French edition of Arrian appears to be quite uncommon, with OCLC recording one copy in Germany, and KVK finding one copy in the Bibliothèque Nationale.

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