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[Horace] Horatius Flaccus, Quintus:

Opera

[Horace] Horatius Flaccus, Quintus:

Opera Londini [London]: Iohannes Pine 1733 - 1737

Description

First issue of the sole edition, with “Post Est” rather than the correct “Potest” engraved around the Caesar medal (vol. 2, p.108). 2 vols., 8vo., pp., (xxxii), 176, [ii], 177-264, [ii]; [xxiv], 48, [ii], 49-94, [ii], 95-152, [ii], 153-172, [ii], 173-191, (xvi). With multiple lists of subscribers to each volume, but without the printed list of antiquities found in one of the three Rothschild copies. Entirely engraved by John Pine, with frontispieces, title vignettes, 8 full-page illustrations, culs-de-lampe,and 4-line opening initial to each poem. Vol.I has a small intermittent stain to the lower margin near the gutter, a handful of upper corners creased, occasional light foxing. Contemporary dark brown calf, gilt spines with red and green title labels (the green possibly replaced or sympathetically retooled), all edges red. Spines rubbed with tail of vol.II quite worn, joints neatly repaired, a few scuffs, endpapers a little toned, a very good copy.

Provenance

Armorial bookplate of Francis Eyre (c.1732-1804) of Warkworth to front paste-down. Eyre was a Roman Catholic apologist and arbitrator, publishing several works in his lifetime including, in 1778 and 1779, pamphlets ‘criticizing Edward Gibbon's irreligiosity in his Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire’ (ONDB).

Bibliography

ESTC T46226; Brunet III, 320; Rothschild 1546-1548.

Footnote

A serviceable copy of the most sumptuous edition of Horace. Each page of the work was entirely engraved; the text had two frontispieces, 27 individual headpieces, and individual vignette illustrations and initials numbering respectively a colossal 324 and 164 respectively. Subscribers to this “splendid performance” (Dibdin) included the kings of England, France, Spain and Portugal, as well as the Holy Roman Emperor. A truly international enterprise, lists of lesser subscribers came from Dublin, Paris, Madrid, and Holland. Both Richard Bentley, author of textually the most famous Horace of the period, and George Talbot, on whose edition of 1699-1701 Pine’s Horace was based, bought advance copies.