Title: Iustini ex Trogi Pompeii Historiis Externis Libri XXXIIII, 1559
Author: Justinus Marcus Junianus; Pompeius Trogus
Publisher: Ioannes Gryphius excudebat, Venetiis
A scarce mid 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.
Two leaves have been crudely cut from the introductory preface, starting at page 7, though the entire epitome is still present.
The ownership initials are present on the spine.
One limp vellum volume in 16mo, 388+(30)
On note of condition, this volume is in good shape, with the vellum binding holding well, though there is some minor worming on the front and back, with the bottom edges on the back cover being more eaten away. The pages are largely clean, with little to no foxing and staining. As noted, two prefatory leaves are lacking.