London: J. Tonson, 1722. Hardcover. Second edition of this two volume translation of Pharsalia. "De Bello Civili , more commonly referred to as the Pharsalia, is a Roman epic poem written by the poet Lucan, detailing the civil war between Julius Caesar and the forces of the Roman Senate led by Pompey the Great. The poem's title is a reference to the Battle of Pharsalus, which occurred in 48 BC, near Pharsalus, Thessaly, in northern Greece. Caesar decisively defeated Pompey in this battle, which occupies all of the epic's seventh book" [Wikipedia]. Bound in contemporary brown leather with relief rulings and designs to covers and gilt titling to red spine labels. Rebacked with original spines, rubbing, bumping, and general wear but still nice. Volumes have dampstaining to pastedowns and free endpapers and aging to text pages. Volume I has frontispiece engraving and fold out map of imperial Rome. Map has two inch closed tear starting from left margin. Ownership signature on title pages. Very good minus with defects. Measures 4 x 6.5 inches. Volume I: 287 pages; Volume II: 310 pages + 2 page publisher's book list. ITAL/032621. Very Good -.
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