"Les Commentaires de Cesar, de la Traduction de N. Perrot, Sieur d'Ablancourt. Edition Nouvelle, Reveue & Corrigee. [Text in French throughout]. REMARKABLY CRISP, CLEAN COPY"
"Pierre Mortier, Amsterdam, 1708" "12mo., on laid paper, text in French, with engraved frontispiece, title in red and black, engraved title-vignette, and a folding engraved plate, endpapers mildly age-stained; handsomely bound in contemporary panelled calf, sides with double frame border stopped at corners by large tulips, the whole enclosing a decorative frame border all in blind, very neatly rebacked in calf to style, backstrip with five raised bands, second compartment with leather label ruled and lettered in gilt, all other compartments ruled in gilt and tooled in blind with a floral spray, speckled edges, a remarkably crisp, clean copy. The folding plate depicts Caesar's bridge across the Rhine near Cologne. C7 (pp. 71-72) is neatly repaired with some loss of text (approximately 7 lines) on recto and verso. The work comprises the author's extended dedication, preface, and address to the reader. These preliminaries conclude with 'Remarques sur la Carte de l'ancienne Gaule' by Samson d'Abbeville (geographer-royal). The Commentaries themselves are followed by extensive notes cross-referred to the translation and a detailed index. A 4pp publisher's catalogue is bound in at rear. Nic[h]olas Perrot d'Ablancourt (1606-1664) was a gifted translator of the Classics, whose work encompasses versions of Caesar, Cicero, Lucien, Tacitus and Xenophon among others. He was well regarded by Louis XIV who awarded him a generous pension but refused to make him his historiographer because he was a Protestant. His skill was praised by both Chapelin ('son genie est sublime') and Voltaire, who called him 'an elegant translator'. He was elected to the Academie Francaise succeeding Paul Hay du Chastelet, and was himself followed by Roger de Bussy-Rabutin. Pierre Mortier (1661-1711) probably trained in Paris before relocating to Amsterdam in the late seventeenth century. His publications cover a wide field and include French and English works as well as those in Dutch. After his death his widow continued the business until their son Cornelis was able to take over. In 1721 Cornelis entered a partnership with his brother-in-law Johannes Covens to form Covens and Mortier, a publishing house of considerable standing which lasted until the mid-nineteenth century."
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Keywords: "literature, classics, classical literature, caesar, gallic wars, rome, roman literature, ablancourt, perrot, mortier"