De Senectute — Cicero on Old Age in aPALM-Size Edition
A Petite Barbou Treasure in Red Morocco
Cicero, Marcus Tullius. M. Tullii Ciceronis Cato Major. Ad T. Pomponium Atticum. Lutetiae: Typis Josephi Barbou, 1758. 32mo (9.3 cm, 3.6"). Frontis., , 75,  pp.
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One of the standards of Latin literature: Cicero's essay on aging and death, here in an uncommon, elegant, and notably minute — but still wholly legible! — edition, the Valart recension. The frontispiece portrait of the author was engraved by F. Huot after Rubens; all text pages are printed within a decorative frame.
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Additionally, the colophon informs us: “Literæ quibus impressus est hicce libellus, a P.S. Fournier junior incisae sunt.”
In this copy, preliminary pages [2–6, 8, 11–14] are blank except for the printed frame.
Binding: Contemporary red straight-grained morocco, covers framed with gilt roll, spine with gilt-stamped title and floral decorations, board edges with gilt fillet and turn-ins with gilt roll. All edges gilt.
Brunet, II, 26; Schweiger, II, 177; Bondy, MiniatureBooks, p. 24; Spielmann, Miniature Books, no. 95; Ducourtieux, no. 197, p. 314. Binding as above; joints and extremities lightly rubbed, all gilt bright. Four leaves with small spot of stain to lower margin at edge, and a few tiny spots elsewhere; overall, clean and lovely.
A remarkably appealing little volume. (35535)
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