François de Belleforest / Herodote, Xenophon, Polybe, Flavius Josephe - Harangues militaires, et concions de princes, capitaines, ambassadeurs...guerre - 1595

François de Belleforest / Herodote, Xenophon, Polybe, Flavius Josephe - Harangues militaires, et concions de princes, capitaines, ambassadeurs...guerre - 1595
Bindings, Militaria, War history - Quantity: 1 - Book

New edition after those of 1572 and 1588, with the mention “Seconde édition, reveuë et corrigée[.. ]augmentée de DCCC conseils politiques et militaires, tres utiles à ceux qui manient tant la guerre que les affaires d'Estat, recueillis et traduits de plusieurs auteurs grecs, latins, françois, italiens, espagnols et allemans”.

No mention of the volume number on the title page, but it is indeed Volume 1, very rare, beautifully printed, the typeface is very fine and tight, which produced uniform pages, the text is embellished with woodcut typographical ornamentation, making it pleasant to read.

It opens with a dedication to Messire François de Bonne.

Complete in itself with harangues and discourses by the following authors:
Thucydide (p.1-165)
Herodote (p.165-208)
Xenophon (p.209-414)
Denys d'Halicarnasse (p.414-528)
Polybe (p.529-552)
Appian Alexandrin (p.552-605)
Dion Cassie Nicée (p.605-686)
Cornille Tacite (p.686-705)
Herodian (p.706-730)
Josephe Hebrieu [Flavius] (p.731-786)
Plutarque (p.786-800)
Cleomene (p.800-803)
Tite-Live (p.804-995)
Crispe Saluste (p.996-1026)
Jule César [sic] (p.1026-1050)
Hircie ou Oppie (p.1051-1054)
Quint Curse [sic] (p.1054-1096)

Author: François de Belleforest; Eustache Vignon,

Title: Harangues militaires, et concions de princes, capitaines, ambassadeurs, et autres manians tant la guerre que les affaires d'Estat: comprenant les grandes et urgentes negotiations de toutes les anciennes monarchies, et representant l'image, et office des rois, legislateurs, orateurs, ambassadeurs de rois, empereurs, potentats, republiques, et des excellens capitaines: le succez des divers estudes de factieux: les oyens de se prevaloir (és choses desplorées) de ceux qui sont estonnez: les moeurs de diverses nations, et les loix et coustumes de plusieurs villes et provinces: le discours des faicts et plus secrets affaires des Hebrieux, Persans, Grecs, Romains, François, Allemans, Goths, Wandales, Lombards, Espagnols: comme aussi des pays plus esloignez et septentrionaux, et jusques aux remuements faicts par les Barbares

[Geneva]: Héritiers Vignon
1595, octavo (194x130mm), 1096pp., printer’s mark, headbands, culs-de-lampe, initials.

Period full suede binding.

A sound volume, aged leather with marks and stains, some peeling, a missing fragment on the headcap.

Inside in good condition, significant water stains at the front and end of the work which fades and reappears regularly, flowing into the text of about 300-350 pages. Some marginal wormholes, more pronounced on pages 380-450 (see photos). The legibility remains good.

François de Belleforest (Comminges 1530 - Paris 1583): Raised at the court of Marguerite de Navarre after the death of his father when he was seven. He travelled from Toulouse to Bordeaux and then to Paris, where he began a prolific career, which included translations of works by Boccaccio, Virgil and Demosthenes. The harangues are a huge collection of speeches delivered during military events, a valuable historical anthology even though Belleforest was removed from his post as historiographer to Henry III due to his inaccuracy.
The first edition dates from 1572, it contained 2 volumes in 1595, the second one only mentioned the author and the scientific publisher Pyrame de Candolle.

The Genevan printing house of the Vignon family: One must go back to Jean Crespin, father-in-law of Eustache de Vignon, to see the Aldine anchor used as a printer's mark (the first time on his Lexicon of 1554). The anchor wrapped with a snake and held by two hands emerging from the clouds symbolises Christ rescuing the lost (at sea).

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Bindings, Militaria, War history
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François de Belleforest / Herodote, Xenophon, Polybe, Flavius Josephe
Book Title
Harangues militaires, et concions de princes, capitaines, ambassadeurs...guerre
Very good
Publication year oldest item
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19×13 cm
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