C. plinii caecilii secundi epistolarum libri x..
Londini [i.e. London]. Sumptibus editoris excudebant M. Ritchie & J. Sammells [Typis Edmundi Fry], 1790.
8vo. , 484pp, . With a terminal errata leaf. Handsomely bound, in a style reminiscent of, and perhaps executed by, Roger Payne, in contemporary gilt-tooled navy straight-grain morocco, marbled edges. Very light rubbing to extremities. Marbled endpapers, armorial bookplate of Panshanger to FEP, recent bookplate of Robert J. Hayhurst to recto of FFEP, slight loss to upper margins of leaves L3-4, very occasional spotting.
Gaius Plinius Caecilius Secundus, (c.61-c113), administrator of part of the Roman Empire. Pliny the Younger, adopted by his uncle Pliny the Elder, studied philosophy and rhetoric under Nicetes Sacerdos and Quintilian, eventually rising to the political court, where he prosecuted provincial governors on charges of corruption and extortion. He achieved the ranks of both Praetor and Consul (in 100 AD). Friend of Tacitus, Martial and Suetonius, Pliny was likewise a published author with these 10 books of letters, issued between 100 and 109 - collectively they form almost the entirety of Pliny's surviving work and offer a valuable insight into the Roman world of the 1st Century. They deal with various issues, including one of the few accounts of the eruption of Vesuvius made by an eyewitness (for the Younger Pliny had accompanied his uncle and adoptive father) to the area in 79 AD, describing the event in detail in a letter to Tacitus (VI).
ESTC T133036.£ 1,250.00 Antiquates Ref: 19053