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Rome in antiquity

Rome in antiquity

Superb engravings by Theodore de Bry illustrate the early parts of Jean Jacques Boissardís description of the topography and antiquities of Rome, published in Frankfurt am Main in 1597. This work was among 21 sixteenth-century titles and numerous later imprints, almost exclusively works of classical literature and scholarship, acquired from the Library of Chichester Cathedral in 1949. The interest of some of the Chichester books is enhanced by eighteenth-century inscriptions recording their donation to the cathedral library. Some of them originate in the family of Henry King, poet and Bishop of Chichester in the seventeenth-century and friend of John Donne, and in one case, that of the 1607 Martial, the late Dr. Mary Hobbs, Librarian of Chichester Cathedral, was able to identify marginalia in Kingís hand.