Venetiis [Venice]: antonii Tiuani, 1714. Hardcover. Quintus Curtius Rufus was a Roman historian who likely lived during the 1st century. His only known work is the history of Alexander the Great, and it does not survive in its entirety. Originally written in 10 books or chapters, several books are missing and others are incomplete. This book contains Book 10 only, which is incomplete. In Latin. Bound in the original light blue / grey paper covered boards with hand-written author to spine. Wear to corners and edges of boards. Heavy rubbing to boards. Split to front joint leaving internal sewing structure exposed. Soiling from old tape repair to boards and spine; however, tape has been removed. Occasional spots of soiling to interior, previous owner signature, and ink sketches to endpapers - else clean. 428 pages plus index. GRE/081523. Good.
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Seaton, England: Old School Press, 2016. Hardcover. Number 86 of the 135 standard copies signed by the author. There were also 30 deluxe copies numbered I-XXX Sold out). From the press website: "John Sutcliffe's The Colours of Rome, which we published in October 2013, was a great success and sold out quickly. So we were delighted to have the opportunity of working on another book by him on a similar colour-based theme. In his capacity as a decorative artist, John has done a great deal of work in the Cyclades. One of the outcomes of this has been a growing fascination with what happened to colour on the buildings of Greece and the islands in particular. Why are so many buildings today white? Has that always been the fashion there? White is what we tourists expect, but is that white authentic for the Cycladic islands in particular? John has researched the answers to these questions, visiting the islands and examining the walls of older buildings, looking for traces of the ‘lost colours’ and their history. Like The Colours of Rome, this new title has colour at its core. An enthusiastic cook, he has also taken the opportunity to sample – and weave into his researches – the cuisine of the Greek islands. Parallels emerge between colour and food, driven largely by the same external forces. Standard copies take the form of the case-bound book presented within a sleeve to the inside of which is attached a portfolio of twenty large, individually hand-painted cards illustrating the representative colours that John found, together with a swatch card with colour chips of each. Within the book there is coverage of each of the colours accompanied by further hand-painted chips. The colour paints used here have been specially mixed to match John’s field records. The book itself is bound in full cloth that has been silk-screened with stripes in the colours of the Greek national flag. The sleeve is a simple case, bound in blue cloth with a spine label, and the portfolio is formed from a heavy mid-grey paper." For this handsome book, the text was machine-set in Monotype Perpetua, with headings in digital Steinantik, and printed on 140gsm Madrid Litho on a winter proof press. Six linocuts by John are scattered through the text. There are also several pages with paper paint color strips. In fine condition. Measures 9 x 12.5 inches. 52 pages. PRI/082823. Fine.