Title: Quinte-Curce, de la vie et des actions d'Alexandre le Grand, 1668
Author: Quintus Curtius Rufus; Jean Freinshemius
Publisher: A Paris, Chez Louis Billaine
A mid 17th century edition of Quinte-Curce’s biographical Life and Actions of Alexander the Great. Through 123 various manuscripts, Quinte-Curce work survived, which was also known as Historiarum Alexandri Magni Libri. The text itself was largely derived from The Story of Alexander by Clitarch of Alexandria and the account of Callisthenes, who was the official biographer of Alexander himself. It was also inspired by the memories of Ptolemy and Aristobulus , contemporaries to the conquests of Alexander. Originally structured in 10 books, the first two have been lost to history, and were meant tell the life of Alexander in the summer of 336 BC, when he acceded to the Macedonian throne, to the winter of 334 , when Book III opens. The remaining eight books are also incomplete. This work made Quinte-Curce one of the authors of the Vulgate of Alexander, along with fellow historians Diodorus of Sicily and Justin.
Of Quinte Curce himself, there is very little is known about him. Only a brief allusion in one of his texts allows us to think that he lived under the reign of the Emperor Claudius.
One volume in 12mo, (32)+498+(47)
On note of condition, this volume is in poor shape, with the binding heavily worn, and stress at the joints. There is foxing and staining throughout. The final page has been pasted to the board.