Historiarum Libri.

  • Curtius Rufus, Quintus
  • Edinburgi [Edinburgh]: Apud Robertum Freebarnium 1732
  • ESTC T194339.


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12mo, pp. 298. Contemporary sheep, boards bordered with a blind roll. Poor-quality paper rather browned, a wormtrail to upper margin of first 10 leaves – shrinking to a hole through next 10 leaves – causing loss of one or two characters per page. Binding rubbed at joints and edges, second front flyleaf excised, hinges cracked but strong.


A scarce little printing (5 locations in ESTC: Aberdeen, NLS, BL, Bod, plus the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin) of Quintus Curtius Rufus's history of Alexander the Great by the royal printer in Edinburgh, Robert Freebairn. It was produced towards the end of Freebairn's career - he was declared bankrupt in 1736 - and the small size and poor-quality paper suggest it was intended for schools or similar ephemeral existence under hard use.

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