Verona: Printed for the members of The Limited Editions Club, 1963. Item #03150
From Julius Caesar to Flavius Domitianus
SUETONIUS. The Lives of the Twelve Caesars. The translation by Philemon Holland revised for the present edition, by Moses Hadas and illustrated with paintings by Salvatore Fiume. Verona: Printed for the members of The Limited Editions Club, 1963.
Limited to 1,500 copies signed by Giovanni Mardersteig and Salvatore Fiume, this being no. 1483.
Large octavo (10 1/4 x 6 7/8 inches; 259 x 175 mm.). xviii, 482,  pp. With a medallion portrait of each Caesar at the beginning of each chapter and twelve tipped-in color plates.
Publisher's quarter burgundy linen over hand-blocked Italian paper boards. A fine copy in the original pale-gray dust jacket, spine printed in red and the original gold-edged, red cloth slipcase with printed paper label on spine.
Gaius Suetonius Tranquillus, commonly known as Suetonius (ca. 69 – after 122 AD), was a Roman historian belonging to the equestrian order who wrote during the early Imperial era of the Roman Empire. His most important surviving work is a set of biographies of twelve successive Roman rulers, from Julius Caesar to Domitian, entitled De Vita Caesarum (The Twelve Caesars). He recorded the earliest accounts of Julius Caesar's epileptic seizures. Other works by Suetonius concern the daily life of Rome, politics, oratory, and the lives of famous writers, including poets, historians, and grammarians. A few of these books have partially survived, but many have been lost.
The Twelve Caesars, probably written in Hadrian's time, is a collective biography of the Roman Empire's first leaders, Julius Caesar, Augustus, Tiberius, Caligula, Claudius, Nero, Galba, Otho, Vitellius, Vespasian, Titus and Domitian. The book was dedicated to a friend Gaius Septicius Clarus, a prefect of the Praetorian Guard in 119. and tells the tale of each Caesar's life according to a set formula: the descriptions of appearance, omens, family history, quotes, and then a history are given in a consistent order for each Caesar.
Salvatore Fiume (1915-1997) was an Italian painter, sculptor, architect, writer and stage designer. His works are kept in some of the most important museums in the world, among which the Vatican Museums, the Hermitage of Saint Petersburg, the Museum of Modern Art of New York, the Pushkin Museum of Moscow and the Galleria d'arte moderna of Milan.
Limited Editions Club Bibliography, 347.