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Ex Officina Elzeviriana, Lvgd[uni] Batavorvm [Leyden], 1629. 123 x 75 mm. (4 7/8 x 3"). Three volumes. Edited by Daniel Heinsius. First Elzevir Edition. SUPERB CONTEMPORARY RED MOROCCO, LAVISHLY GILT, BY MACÉ RUETTE, covers in the "losange et écoinçons" style with large central lozenge composed of massed small tools and pointillé scrollwork within a 16-sided frame, corners of boards with similar filigree tooling, other corners with groups of floral tools, raised bands, spine compartments with central fleuron, scrolling cornerpieces, gilt titling, turn-ins with decorative gilt roll, marbled pastedowns, all edges gilt. Housed in fine modern maroon suede clamshell boxes backed with matching calf by Bibliophilia Bern. Title page of first volume with engraved ornate frame containing a tondo portrait of Ovid at head, woodcut printer's device, and decorative initials. A few leaves printed in red and black. Willems 317; Rahir 288; Dibdin, pp. 266-67; Brunet IV, 272 ("bonne édition"); Graesse V, 70. For the binding: Bibliothèque Raphaël Esmerian, Deuxième Partie, vol . II, no. 5 (8 Dec. 1972). Four small dark patches to leather, joints and corners faintly rubbed, text a shade less than bright, occasional small rust spots (one affecting a couple of words), other trivial imperfections, but A FINE COPY, clean and fresh internally, in tight, lustrous bindings with few signs of wear. This lovely set epitomizes early 17th century fine printing and fine binding. According to Dibdin, our first Elzevier printing of Ovid, with a new recension by Heinsius, was "highly treasured," especially by … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Phillip J. Pirages Rare Books (ABAA) [McMinnville, OR, U.S.A.]
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