1754 Folio Book on the HERCLEAN TABLETS w/ MAP + 10 Large PLATES - COMMENTARIORUM IN REGII HERCULANENSIS MUSEI AENEAS TABULAS HERACLEENSES Pars I and Pars II
ALEXII SYMMACHI MAZOCHII (Alexius Symmachus Mazochius / Alessio Simmoco Mazzocolo).
COMMENTARIORUM IN REGII HERCULANENSIS MUSEI AENEAS TABULAS HERACLEENSES. Pars I and Pars II.
Qua prior Graeca inscriptio, agri Dionyso sacri dimensionem, partitionem, limites, locationes complectens, cum Britannico fragmento ferruminata, perpetuis adnotationibus illustrantur. Praemissis ad tabularum intelligentiam diatribis opportunissimis tribus.
NEAPOLI Ex Officina Benedicti Gessari, MDCCLIV (1754).
TWO VOLUMES bound together in a single large folio book, pagination is consecutive. Leather covered spine and paper covered boards, spine has five raised bands, embossed gilt pattern, and a leather spine label titled in gilt, folio 9x14.25 inches (23x36 cm). Pagination: XIV, 600 pages (Pars II begins on page 253).
ILLUSTRATED with a Map (Magna Graecia) and 10 large fold open plates, as follows: Fold open Map following page 46. Fold open Plate of Vases following page 138. Three fold open Plates following page 252. Two fold open Plates following page 256. Three fold open plates following page 280. Fold open Plate of Bowls following page 554.
Important treatise relating to the bronze tables of Heraclea datable between the end of the 4th and the beginning of the 3rd century BC. Found in a stream bed between 1732 and 1735 near Metaponto. The tablets are especially important for their look at Roman Law. They are now held in the National Archaeological Museum of Naples.
CONDITION: The covers are worn, scuffed, scraped and with light stains to the spine; the front cover is disbound as is the front free endpaper and the half title page; the rear cover is just hanging on with the binding cords. Internally, there is foxing to the first and last few pages, and a bit here and there; the last few pages have shorelining at the bottom gutter area not affecting text, the last page is age toned, the half title page is loose, is creased, and is worn at the disbound edge but it is present and still solid; overall the inner pages are very nice, bright, clean, clear and unmarked. The map and 10 plates are all in amazingly good condition, sturdy and feel rarely opened, they have some offsetting and age toning, and a few have a small tear to the edge of a bottom fold where the plate is bound in, but that is it, no significant tears and all are bright, clean and clear.
About the HERCLEAN TABLETS (from Wikipedia):
******The Heraclean Tablets (in older texts: the Heraclean Table(s); in Latin: Tabulae Heracleenses) were bronze tablets found a short distance from the site of Heraclea Lucania, between it and Metapontum. They are significant for the study of Roman Law.
As a consequence of its having accepted Roman citizenship in 89 BCE, Heraclea became a municipium, and the Tabulae Heracleenses contain a long Latin inscription relating to the municipal regulations of Heraclea, which is a part of a copy of a more general law, the Lex Iulia Municipalis, issued in 45 BCE for the regulation of the municipal institutions of towns throughout Italy. This document is a major authority for the municipal law of ancient Italy; it is engraved on two tablets of bronze, on the back of which is a long Greek inscription of earlier date, probably the 3rd century BC, defining the boundaries of lands belonging to various temples.
The tablets were separate, and the major one was in two fragments. They were found in 1732, and 1735, in the bed of the Cavone river. The tablets are now in the Naples National Archaeological Museum.
The Latin inscription was first published by Michel Maittaire in 1735. Both inscriptions were published with commentaries, by Alessio Simmacho Mazzocchi, b.1684 d.1771, in Naples in 1754, 1755.******
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