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Author: Horatius Flaccus, Quintus [Horace]
Title: Opera
Place Published: London
Publisher:John Pine
Date Published: 1733-37

2 volumes. [32], 264, [1]; [24], 191, [13] pp. Entirely engraved, both text and illustration, and liberally supplied with initials, head- and tailpieces and vignettes. (8vo) 8¾x5½, later diced calf ruled in gilt, spines lettered in, raised bands, all edges gilt. First Pine Edition.

Second state, with 'Potest' in left medallion on p. 108, Vol. 2 (changed from the Post Est of the first state). Brunet says that the book is remarkable for the elegance of its decoration and insists that it is more correct than generally recognized. Brunet III, 320. Bookplates of Henry Pilkington on the front pastedowns, that of Harvard College, bequest of Charles Sumner, class of 1830, on the rear pastedowns. This would be the radical Republican Senator from Massachusetts who was nearly killed on the Senate floor by a South Carolina Democrat in 1856 two days after delivering an anti-slavery speech. Bookseller's catalogue entry affixed to free endpaper of Vol. 1.

Scuffing to joints and extremities, spine head of Vol. 1 torn; hinges of Vol. 1 split through so text block is neatly detached from the covers and spine, front hinge of Vol. 2 split; some offsetting and aging to contents, internally very good, worthy of some restoration to the bindings.
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John Pine's Horace First Edition 1733-37

Estimate $500 - $800Jun 15, 2017
Starting Price $250
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