1658 1st edition Constantinus (Constantine, or Idolatry Overthrown) by Peter Mambrun (in the style of Virgil)


A handsome patina of age decorates this vellum binding of Peter Mambrun's classic heroic work Constantinus (Constantine). Also, attractive engravings decorate the title page, chapter headings and historiated initials.

About the Work -

“Mambrun, Peter, an ingenious and learned French Jesuit, who has written Latin poetry, was born in the diocese of Clermont, in 1581. He was one of the most ambitious imitators of Virgil; and wrote in the same measure, the same number of books, and in the three different kinds to which that illustrious poet applied himself. Thus we have of Mambrun, Eclogues, Georgics, or four books upon the culture of the soul and the understanding; and an heroic poem in twelve books, entitled Constantine, or Idolatry Overthrown. We cannot, however, say that he has imitated the genius and judgment of Virgil as well as he has his exterior form and economy. He is, indeed, allowed to have had great talents for poetry, and was a good critic, as he has sufficiently shewn in a Latin Peripatetic dissertation upon an epic poem; so that it is not without some foundation that Menage has called him” a great poet, as well as a great critic.” (1812 Chalmers’ Biography, Vol. 21, p.218)

Physical Attributes -

Measures 24 x 18 x 2.5 cm. Limp vellum binding. Pages - (1), xxiv, privilege - i, 283 numbered pages, (1).

Condition -

See pictures. Binding well worn; small chip at base of spine. Spine label faded/reduced. Moisture marks throughout (mostly at top and bottom gutter, occasionally straying into text). Some chipping to page edges. Occasional spot of foxing. Pages toned (some more than others).

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