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Quintus Horatius Flaccus. - [1st ed.] - Birminghamiæ : Typis Johannis Baskerville, MDCCLXX. [1770] - [4], 344p., [4], [5] leaves of plates : ill. ; 31 cm. (4°)

With a half-title. With frontispiece and engraved title page vignette. This edition of Horace's Carmina is the rarest of the classical quartos, and the only one issued by Baskerville with plates. It is found in three forms, 1. without frontispiece or plates, 2. with frontispiece only, and 3. very rarely, as in this copy, with the frontispiece by Henriquez and the four plates after Gravelot. Engravers Godfroy, Voyer, J. Leveau and C. le Vasseur. The titlepage exists in two settings, one with the "D" in "MDCCLXX" damaged. [this one is perfect] Sig. 2A1 (pp. 185-6) is a cancel, existing in four different settings, none of them differing from the cancellandum or from each other except in the arrangement of the units in the two rules of 'lozenge and star' ornaments.

Gaskell, 39 E.S.T.C, T46243

Contemporary full red morocco, boards ruled in gilt, banded spine with elaborate gold tooled floral motif in six compartments, morocco title label to second compartment. Brown morocco label at base of spine reads 'Typis Baskervil'. Board edges ruled in gilt, inner dentelles with elaborate gilt tooling. Gilt edged papers, blue endpapers and pastedown.

Latin poetry--History and criticism--Early works to 1800.
Epistolary poetry, Latin--Early works to 1800.
Laudatory poetry, Latin--Early works to 1800.
Verse satire, Latin--Early works to 1800.

Rome--Poetry--Early works to 1800.


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