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Seneca
1649 Seneca, printed by Elzevir, in 4 volumes (tall), likely Roger Payne bindings
Elzevir, Lugd 1649 - Beautiful, tall, soft Elzevir editions of Seneca’s works, likely bound by Roger Payne. Note on Vol. 1 endpage, "Payne Binding", considered one of the finest binders of the 18th century. The 1885 Sotheby catalogue lists, "SENECAE OPERA OMNIA cum Notis J. F. Gronovii, 4 vol. very fine and large copy (5 1/4 inches) in red morocco, gilt edges, by Roger Payne, rare Lugd. Bat. Elzevir, 1649." Our books are 5.25" tall, making it highly likely these are the same books. There exists a clear record of 4 volumes, attributed to Roger Payne, bound in red Morocco, of the 1649 Elzevir Seneca being sold since 1841 (with all of the catalogs listed below scanned and free-to-view on Google Books). Combining auction records and ownership marks in the book I propose the following provenance: Possible that the "M. Wod" on the 1st volume’s endpage refers to Michael Wodhall, 1819 – W. Fisher - Erased some of the endpage inscription noted above and added his name in 1819, Robert William Hay (R.W. Hay) stamp –Under Secretary to the Colonies, 1841 Bohn Catalog - Page 745, 1866 Sotheby Dr. Wellesley Sale - page 302, 1885 Sotheby Osterly Park Sale - page 162, 1900 Bangs and Co. Catalog - page 28, Henry William Poor (of Standard's and Poor's) – bookplate, Walter Thomas Wallace - Noted bibliophile – bookplate, Oscar Sutro (V.P. pf Standard Oil Company) – bookplate. Michael Wodhall had his books bound by Roger Payne. Although Fisher, in 1819, erased much of the info at the upper right of the v.1. front blank endpaper, there appears a "M. Wod" towards … [Click Below for Full Description]
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