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Voyager Press Rare Books & Manuscripts

Travel and voyages, books by Sir Richard F Burton, natural history, manuscripts, archives.

Housed in a Purpose-Made Volume - Homer - Julius Caesar - Leonardo da Vinci and More

1860 Collection of Victorian Cameos

Men of Ancient Times - Rome - Greece - Italy - Gallileo - Da Vinci 1860


Great Britain, circa 1860-1880. "Gems: Illustrious Characters." Twenty-four carved plaster Victorian cameos of notable men from ancient days, housed in a singular and purpose made double-sided book-style presentation box. Cameos measure approximately 4,5 x 4 cm, permanently mounted onto a green velvet backdrop. 8vo. Bound in the contemporary style of a book, half black morocco over marbled boards, gilt title and tooling to spine, measuring approximately 25 x 16 x 4,5 cm. Manuscript index naming each of the men represented, penned onto recto and verso pastedowns. A most unique Victorian treasure.

Each side reveals twelve important historical figures, men of science, philosophy, literature, art, and great rulers - some of whom include:

• Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) - Italian artist, mathematician, inventor
• Michelangelo (1475-1564) - Italian Rennaissance scultor, painter, architect
• Dante (1265-1321) - Italian poet and moral philosopher
• Ludovico Ariosto (1474-1553) - Italian poet
• Galileo Galilei (1564-1642) - Italian astronomer, physicist, engineer, philosopher, and mathematician
• Lycurgus (800 BC - 730 BC) - lawgiver and founder of the military-oriented reformation of Sparta
• Aeschylus (circa 523 BC - circa 456 BC) - Greek tragedian playwright and soldier
• Homer - author of ancient Greek literature - the Iliad and the Odyssey
• Julius Caesar (100 BC - 44 BC) - Roman dictator, notable author of Latin prose
• Marcus Tullius Cicero (106 BC - 43 BC) - Roman philosopher, politician, consul, lawyer, orator

Current Condition

Minor age wear to boards, otherwise in Very Good Condition