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This book is a series of essays describing clothing and engraved gems in the Roman world by the antiquary Albert Rubens, son of noted artist Peter Paul Rubens. In antiquity engraved gemstones were carved and inscribed and often used as seals on letters and other official documents. The essays are titled: De Re Vestiara, De Gemma Tiberiana, De Gemma Augustea, De Urbibus Neocoris, De Nummo Augusti, and De Natali Die Caesaris Augusti. A final essay, Dissertatio de Utraque Paenula, was written by Giovanni Battista Doni. The text was edited by Joannes Georgius Gravius, illustrated by engraver Cornelius Galle, and printed by Balthasar Moretus.