The editio princeps of this work was published at Rome, ca. 1486, Joannes Sulpitius editor. This edition, edited by Polenus, is handsomely printed with15 engraved plates including a portrait of Frontinus, a facsimile of the first page of the famous Monte Cassino manuscript of Frontinus (printed in red and black), plans of the city of Rome and of the parts of Latium whence the Romans drew water, drawings and plans of aqueducts, and three tables. The editor has provided ample footnotes and has appended the notes of Joannes Opsopoes. The printer has ornamented his edition with xylographic head- and tailpieces and initials, as well as two of his woodcut devices: a compass with the motto "Labore et tempore" on the title page, and a phoenix with the motto "Post Fata resurgo" at the colophon.
Lindsey Davis made Frontinus a major character in one of her Marcus Didius Falco mystery novels, Three Hands in the Fountain (1997). Portrayed there as being quite a guy, he actually acts as a co-detective in the case one in which Rome's aqueducts figure largely and grimly. We plan to enclose a brand new paperback copy of her enjoyable book in the box, when Frontinus's antiquarian tome goes off to its buyer.
Schweiger, Handbuch der classischen Bibliographie, II, 368. On Frontinus, see Oxford Companion to Classical Literature, 240. Recent vellum with ties, the author and short title lettered in ink on the spine. Light waterstaining and some instances of soiling in the margins, especially along the top edge; library rubber-stamp on versos of title-leaf and last leaf. The title-leaf has some very shallow chipping to the outer margin. All edges speckled red. A handsome, interesting volume.