The Roman historian Titus Livius (ca. 60 BC – ca. 17 AD) wrote a comprehensive history of Rome from its legendary beginnings up to the year 9 BC.
This richly illustrated almost 1000-page edition of Livius’ writings dating from 1568 initially comprises the 45 surviving books of the work Ab urbe condita – From the founding of the city (Rome) – with an annex setting out a list of the partly lost 142 books of this work. A further 400 pages contain chronologies, comments, explanations and citations about Livius’ work.
The splendid copy held by the Austrian National Library is coloured throughout, although the commentary section is without pictures but instead contains numerous individually coloured initials and vignettes. The coloured woodcuts in the main part reveal the highest artistic skills of the Renaissance.