Title: Sex. Aurelii Victoris Historiae Romanae Breviarium, 1692
Author: Sextus Aurelius Victor
Publisher: Parisiis, Apud viduam Simonis Benard
A late 17th century edition of Sextus Aurelius Victor’s Historiae abbreviatae, originally published around 360/361 AD, which later became known as Liber de Caesaribus. It encapsulated a history of the Roman emperors, from Augustus to Constantius II, and is the only surviving work by Victor. Despite being a singular volume, the Historiae abbreviatae offered important information about the third and fourth centuries.
Of Victor himself, he was a historian and politician of the Roman Empire. Under the emperor Julian, Victor served as governor of Pannonia Secunda, and in 389 A.D. became urban prefect, otherwise known as a senior imperial official in Rome.
One volume in 16mo, 301 pages
On note of condition, this volume is in poor shape, with half of the spine being partially stripped away, wear at the joints and corners, as well as some peeling on the front board. There is also a small wormhole that continues throughout the entire volume at the bottom, partially obscuring a letter from pages 195-258. There is little to no foxing or staining.