Suetonius' Lives of the Twelve Caesars  (1930)

 

Illustrated by Frank C Pap

 

 

 

Suetonius' Lives of the Twelve Caesars (1930) carrying the suite of illustrations by

Frank C Pap was a Limited Edition publication - just 2000 copies being produced

for the American and British markets (the copy held in the Collection is numbered

'980') - and represented a new translation of the work by H M Bird.

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Cover for ''Suetonius' Lives of the Twelve Caesars'' (1930), illustrated by Frank C Pape

On the left, we show a rare copy of the Limited Edition of

Suetonius' Lives of the Twelve Caesars published with

Pap's illustrations for the first time in 1930.

 

This example retains the original decorative gilt-stamped

black cloth cover.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To the right, we show the decorative

Title Page prepared by Pap.

Title Page for ''Suetonius' Lives of the Twelve Caesars'' (1930), illustrated by Frank C Pape

 

The Foreword to Suetonius' Lives of the Twelve Caesars (1930) provides a thoughtful introduction to the work as follows:

 

It is difficult to say whether Suetonius' matter-of-fact relation of the gross and the

horrific, or his solemn insistence upon the homely and the intimate, is the more

diverting. We see, for example, the Divine Julius seizing the privilege of wearing

the laurel wreath as the most grateful item in his triumph because it conceals his

baldness. That excellent and courtly prince, Augustus, is caught in the act of

ordering his shoes made with overthick soles that he might appear taller than he

was. There is grim humour in the mad antics of Nero and Caligula: the one

posturing as a great artist, and the other as a military hero. And, though the

sometimes world-splitting battles are treated with the brevity and indifference

that they perhaps deserve, not a single side-splitting comment by any wit or sage

of the period would seem to have been omitted. Thus succeeding generations

of readers have reason to be grateful for the nice balance that is maintained in

these matters when they reflect that while Suetonius' omissions are adequately

supplied elsewhere (for he was contemporaneous with Tacitus and Dio Cassius),

Suetonius' achievement is nowhere paralleled.

 

Pap's illustrations for Suetonius' Lives of the Twelve Caesars are a wonderful complement to the translated text supplied

by Bird.

 

 

Our Greeting Cards and Fine Art Posters

 

 

Greeting Card sample showing a Frank C Pape illustration from ''Suetonius' Lives of the Twelve Caesars'' (1930)

For connoisseurs of Pap's work, we have prepared sets of 16 Greeting Cards displaying each of his major monotone images for Suetonius' Lives of the Twelve Caesars and on the left, we show an example of how these Greeting Cards appear.

 

 

 

Code: FCP SLTC MS(16)
Price: US$80.00

 

 

 

When presented on Greeting Cards, these images are prepared as tipped-on plates - in

hommage to the hand-crafted approach typical of prestige illustrated publications

produced in the early decades of the 20th Century. Each card is hand-finished and the

images are presented on White card stock with an accompanying envelope. The rear

of each card carries information about Frank C Pap, this wonderful suite and the

profiled illustration - we have left the interior of the cards blank so that you may

write your own personal message.

 

Should you wish to order a reproduction print of one or more of these images, we

have provided some options below. Each of our Fine Art Posters is prepared with

archival quality papers and inks - and also accompanied by information about

Frank C Pap, this suite and the profiled illustration.

 

To purchase, simply click on the appropriate "Add to Cart" button and you will be

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be consolidated by that feature and shipping and handling costs to any destination in

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of purchases.

Fine Art Poster sample showing a Frank C Pape illustration from ''Suetonius' Lives of the Twelve Caesars'' (1930)

 

An example of one of our Fine Art

Posters in a superb 22x36" format

 

Of course, should you wish to discuss some customised options, we welcome your contact on any matter through

ThePeople@SpiritoftheAges.com.

 

In the meantime, enjoy perusing these wonderful images from Frank C Pap.

 

 

The major monotone illustrations

 

Frank C Pape - 'He personated Apollo himself' for 'Caius Julius Caesar' from ''Suetonius' Lives of the Twelve Caesars'' (1930) Frank C Pape - 'But his liveliest fancy was Cleopatra' for 'Caius Julius Caesar' from ''Suetonius' Lives of the Twelve Caesars'' (1930) Frank C Pape - 'He was stabbed with three and twenty wounds' for 'Caius Julius Caesar' from ''Suetonius' Lives of the Twelve Caesars'' (1930) Frank C Pape - 'He drove Antony to kill himself' for 'D Octavius Caesar Augustus' from ''Suetonius' Lives of the Twelve Caesars'' (1930)

Caius Julius Csar

He personated Apollo himself

(Frontispiece)

 

 

Caius Julius Csar

But his liveliest fancy was

Cleopatra

Caius Julius Csar

He was stabbed with three

and twenty wounds

D Octavius Csar Augustus

He drove Antony to kill himself

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Frank C Pape - 'The only exhibition he made of that kind, was that of a young man ... who was not quite two feet in height' for 'D Octavius Caesar Augustus' from ''Suetonius' Lives of the Twelve Caesars'' (1930) Frank C Pape - 'He continued to use the same bedchamber for forty years' for 'D Octavius Caesar Augustus' from ''Suetonius' Lives of the Twelve Caesars'' (1930) Frank C Pape - 'That Ovid knew not of Augustus being in the place, is beyond all doubt' for 'D Octavius Caesar Augustus' from ''Suetonius' Lives of the Twelve Caesars'' (1930) Frank C Pape - 'She resolved to starve herself to death' for 'Tiberius Nero Caesar' from ''Suetonius' Lives of the Twelve Caesars'' (1930)

D Octavius Csar Augustus

The only exhibition he made of

that kind, was that of a young

man ... who was not quite two

feet in height

 

 

D Octavius Csar Augustus

He continued to use the same

bedchamber for forty years

D Octavius Csar Augustus

That Ovid knew not of Augustus

being in the place, is beyond all

doubt

Tiberius Nero Csar

She resolved to starve herself

to death

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Frank C Pape - 'He was in the habit of diverting himself with a serpent' for 'Tiberius Nero Caesar' from ''Suetonius' Lives of the Twelve Caesars'' (1930) Frank C Pape - 'He dreamt ... he fell headlong upon the earth' for 'Tiberius Claudius Drusus Caesar' from ''Suetonius' Lives of the Twelve Caesars'' (1930) Frank C Pape - 'While in this condition, a feather was put down his throat' for 'Tiberius Claudius Drusus Caesar' from ''Suetonius' Lives of the Twelve Caesars'' (1930) Frank C Pape - 'He was haunted by his mother's ghost' for 'Nero ClaudiusCaesar' from ''Suetonius' Lives of the Twelve Caesars'' (1930)

Tiberius Nero Csar

He was in the habit of diverting

himself with a serpent

Tiberius Claudius Drusus Csar

He dreamt ... he fell headlong

upon the earth

Tiberius Claudius Drusus Csar

While in this condition, a feather

was put down his throat

 

 

Nero Claudius Csar

He was haunted by his

mother's ghost

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Frank C Pape - 'He resolved to imitate the achievements of Hercules' for 'Servius Sulpicius Galba' from ''Suetonius' Lives of the Twelve Caesars'' (1930) Frank C Pape - 'He dreamt that Fortune appeared to him' for 'Marcus Salvius Otho' from ''Suetonius' Lives of the Twelve Caesars'' (1930) Frank C Pape - 'A plough-ox ... broke into the room' for 'T Flavius Vespasianus Augustus' from ''Suetonius' Lives of the Twelve Caesars'' (1930) Frank C Pape - 'He did nothing else but catch flies' for 'Titus Flabius Domitianus' from ''Suetonius' Lives of the Twelve Caesars'' (1930)

Servius Sulpicius Galba

He resolved to imitate the

achievement of Hercules

 

 

Marcus Salvius Otho

He dreamt that Fortune

appeared to him

T Flavius Vespasianus Augustus

A plough-ox ... broke into

the room

Titus Flavius Domitianus

He did nothing else but

catch flies

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