CAESAR (Gaius Julius) C. Julii Caesaris Commentariorum libri VIII. Quibus adiecimus suis in locis D. Henrici Glareani doctissimas annotationes. Quae praeterea hac in editione addita sunt, sequens pagella docebit. [De Bello Gallico / De Bello Civili].
Basilae, per Nicolaum Bryling, 1554.
Thick 12mo, contemporary vellum, spine titled in ink, red edges. 16 unnumbered leaves (of which the title with fine woodcut printer’s mark), 741 pp., 20 unnumbered index leaves. Printed in italic and roman type. Complete.
The plates show the bridge over the Rhine river built by Caesar’s troops in only ten days, the battles of Avaricum, Alexia, Uxellodunum, and the fortifications of Massilia (Marseille).
Fine early edition given by the Swiss scholar and humanist Henricus Glareanus [Heinrich Loriti, 1488-1563, known as], poet, teacher, and music theorist, known especially for his publication Dodecachordon (Basel, 1547).
Crowned poet laureate by the Habsburg emperor Maximilian at Cologne (1512), Glareanus established himself briefly at Basel in 1514, where he came under the influence of the Dutch humanist Erasmus. He became a champion of the new Humanism but, though initially affected by the Reformation, subsequently rejected it and consistently opposed such Swiss Reformers as his erstwhile friends Huldrych Zwingli and John Oecolampadius. After living for a time in Paris (1517–22), Glareanus again took up residence in Basel, only to leave once more when the city accepted the Reformation (1529). From 1529 until his death he taught at Freiburg im Breisgau. His works include commentaries on Greek and Roman writers, mathematical and descriptive geography, and some musical treatises.