Title: Iustini ex Trogi Pompei historiis externis libri XLIIII, 1592
Author: Marcus Iunianus Iustinus; Franciscus Modius
Publisher: Coloniae Aggrippinae, In Officina Birckmannica
Condition: Very Good
An uncommon late 16th edition of Justin’s epitome of Pompeius Trogus's "Historiae Philippicae", being his famous general history of the world, in 44 books. While the work itself focused heavily on the ancient Macedonian Empire founded by Philip II, it also acted as a general world history of all lands and territories which were eventually controlled by Alexander the Great and the Diadochi, his later successors. Beginning with the legendary Ninus, founder of Ninveh in ancient Assyria, and ending roughly around 9 A.D., Trogus provides extensive coverage of the development of the eastern Empires, from the Assyrians and Parthians, only briefly glossing over early Roman history and the Iberian Peninsula itself in the final two books. While the original work itself was lost, it was preserved in the form of excerpts over the years, finally being compiled into a loose epitome by Justin. The author’s preface explains how he aimed to only collect the most important and interesting passages of the original work. Even today, incomplete though they may be, this work has continued to be viewed as an important source of information for the ancient history of those Eastern empires.
This copy has been bound in a fragment of medieval manuscript, 15th century, or possibly late 14th century based on the gothic script. It has also been extensively annotated throughout by an early owner, and obscuring some of the printed text, though some of the ink has smeared thickly as well. The rear endpapers are covered completely in notes.
Worldcat records 28 existing copies of this edition in libraries.
One manuscript bound volume in 12mo, (32)+315 pages
On note of condition, this volume is in very good shape, with rubbing and wear to the binding, slight tearing to the covers, and cracking to the bottom of the front hinge. There is some foxing and staining throughout.