PANVINIO, Onofrio (1529-1568). De Ludis Circensibus, libri II. Venice: Giovanni Baptista Ciotti, 1600. Two parts in one volume, 2° (370 x 248mm). Engraved title, 35 plates printed on 32 leaves, part II title with engraved border and bas-de-page, engraved headpiece by Giuseppe Rosatio (titles) and Etienne Du Pérac. Folios *2-5 bound at end, numerous leaves on guards. (Light worming, mostly near gutter, occasional light stains.) 19th-century vellum-backed boards (light wear, small wormholes).
FIRST EDITION; Mortimer mentions a record of a 1596, Antwerp edition but no other trace of it is known and so it seems most likely to be a ghost. Panvinio was an Augustinian monk and an important Renaissance historian of early Rome, who also served as Corrector and Reviser of the books of the Vatican Library in 1556. The present work on the games, triumphs and circuses of Rome, Pompeii and Constantinople is profusely illustrated with engravings depicting gladatorial combat, animal sacrifice, Roman coins, statuary, classical architecture, etc. Adams P-189; Berlin Kat. 1854; Mortimer Harvard Italian 357.