[Incunable], Laetus, Pomponius, Julius, ROMANAE HISTORIAE COMPENDIUM, Venice: 1499 1st Ed.
LAETUS, POMPONIUS, ROMANAE HISTORIAE COMPENDIUM AB INTERITU GORDIANI IVNIORIS VSQ VE ADIVSTI NVM.III., Venice: Bernardinum Venetu, (Printer), April 23rd, 1499. First edition ¼ sheep / paper, (18th century rebind), very good / na. , 60 pp., ff.
This ancient tome has a c.1920’s book description tipped into the front free fly-leaf. A very few, small scattered wormholes (not affecting text), and a small number of mild marginal page repairs.
The founder of the Roman academy known as Accademia Romana; Pomponius Laetus was imprisoned and tortured in 1466 by Roman Catholic authorities for suspicion of sodomy. He maintained his innocence throughout and was subsequently released and then quickly married to remove all doubt. He went on to write this 1st ed. Roman History which was published posthumously one year after his death.
An attractive copy containing large decorated initials, a few marginal manuscript notations in presumably period Latin. Present also is the very attractive bookplate of Peter Douw Beekman of New York State. Beekman was a Revolutionary War Veteran and Justice of the Peace in Albany, NY.