In 12°. Half binding in mediocre but solid condition. Lacks on the back.
12 copper engravings (including 1 signed Spirinx (1596-1669), engraver, draftsman born in Antwerp, worked in Lyon from 1636 to 1663), including frontispiece, headbands and initials. Pages 365, 366 detached but present. Some foxing and wetting without consequences
Handwritten signature of Brebeuf at the end of the book
The Pharsalia of Lucain, or The civil wars of Cesar and Pompey In French verse. By Mr de Brebeuf. In Paris, at Jean Ribou.
Lucain (39-65) is a Latin poet whose only preserved work, La Pharsale, is an epic about the civil war that pitted Julius Caesar against Pompey between 49 and 48 BC. J.-C.
In 62 or 63, he published the first three books of his epic, the Bellum Civile, which tradition has perpetuated under the title of Pharsalus.
His popularity and his literary successes make Nero jealous, who forbids Lucan from continuing to read his works in public. The young man enters, in 65, in the conspiracy of Pison, to take revenge on the emperor. When the plot is uncovered, Lucain is ordered to cut his wrists open. He could not then finish his epic, of which books 4 to 10 (the 10th is incomplete or unfinished) were published after his death.
Georges de Brébeuf (1617-)1661, is a French poet. His translation of Lucain's Pharsale was hailed by Corneille.