1612 Plutarch's Lives Illustrated Folio Leather Binding 410 Years Old 13"Tall
London: Printed by Richard Field, 1612. Folio, , 1244,  pages; VG; Bound in full brown calf; rebacked with earlier boards preserved. Red label with gilt lettering on spine; paper label pasted to front board. Some shelfwear, rubbing, and chipping to boards. Lacking blank first leaf, table after M, and final 7 leaves of index. Archival repair to open tear at lower corner of p.1; modern reproduction of page corner supplying missing words. Numerous smaller archival repairs to leaves in signatures A, B, and C, and to final three leaves of volume. Some chipping and wear to edges of text block, particularly first three and final 8 leaves. Dark marking tp p. 33. Long closed tear near spine to p. 63; another long closed tear extending into text block on p. 417. Shorter closed tear extending just into text block on p. 779, and a short closed tear not impacting text to the lower margin of p. 909. A number of decorative capitals and other engravings colored by an amateur hand. Damp staining from p. 712 to end. Signatures: A⁸ B-5O⁶ 5P⁸. Includes index. Annotations to endpapers.
A translation of: Vitae parallelae. The lives of Hannibal and Scipio Africanus are attributed to Donato Acciaiuoli. "The liues of Epaminondas, of Philip of Macedon, of Dionysius the elder, and of Octauius Cæsar Augustus" has separate title page dated 1610. It is a translation by North of a compilation by Simon Goulart of Senlis, partly from the "Vitae excellentium imperatorum" of Cornelius Nepos ("Æmylius Probus"). Pagination and register are continuous.;.