Diogenes Laertius (active 3rd century)
Diogenes Laertii De vita et moribus philosophorum libri X ; Excellente figueren ghesneden vuyten uppersten poëte Ouidius vuyt vyfthien boucken der veranderinghen met huerlier bedietsele 1557-59
17.8 x 12.8 x 4.6 cm (book measurement (conservation)) | RCIN 1081200
2 parts in 1. 468,  p. ;  p. : ill.
Full leather bound in white pigskin, with the head of the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V (1500-58) on the front cover, and that of John Frederick, Duke of Saxony (1503-54), on the back.
The volume contains two classical texts, Diogenes Laertius's 'Lives and Opinions of Eminent Philosophers', in a Latin translation from the Greek original, and a translation into Dutch of Ovid's 'Metamorphoses', one of the most popular works of classical Latin, and an inspiration for many subsequent artists and authors, including Shakespeare. The 'Metamorphoses' described the history of the world from its creation to the deification of Julius Caesar in 42 BC, within a loose historical and mythological framework. The metamorphoses of the title describe both the voluntary and involuntary transformations of characters into animals or inanimate objects, often to escape danger or to elude a lover. As with most of Ovid's works, the overriding theme is that of love.
ProvenanceAcquired for the Royal Library, 1890
Lyons: Heirs of Sebastian Gryphius (publisher)
Lyons: Jean de Tournes (publisher)
17.8 x 12.8 x 4.6 cm (book measurement (conservation))
18.0 x 5.0 cm (book measurement (inventory))
- printed & manuscript material
Diogenes Laertii de vita et moribus philosophorum libri X / Diogenes Läertius