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Horatius Flaccus, Quintus. The works of Quintus Horatius Flaccus illustrated chiefly from the remains of ancient art. London: John Murray, 1849. 8vo (22.5 cm, 8.8"). , 194, , 490, xiv pp.; 8 col. plts. $550.00
First edition of this => lavishly decorated, deluxe production of Horace's works in the original Latin, with a life of the author written in English by the Rev. Henry Hart Milman. Each page of the preface appears in a color-printed, antiquity-inspired frame (ochre, maroon, blue, green, or violet, with several different styles of frame used); the poems appear in simpler frames, but with each section preceded by a chromolithographed title-page (with a total of eight color plates), and almost every text page bearing an in-text wood engraving done by George Scharf after "remains of ancient art" (an index of the original sources and their locations is present at the back of the volume). => The decorative elements were created by architect and pioneering design theorist Owen Jones.
This volume's price at publication was two guineas which, although less than production cost, priced the work out of the market. McLean suggests most of the 2,500 copies were pulped!
Signed binding: Contemporary brown morocco, front pastdown stamped "J. Wright Binder." Boards with triple fillet gilt border at edges; center panel on each board composed of a triple fillet outer border with a floral/vine gilt roll within; gilt corner devices with elements extending along the outer edges of the center panel. Board edges with double fillet rules, turn-ins with same gilt roll as in the center panels of the boards, cream calendared endpapers. All edges gilt.
Evidence of readership: 20th-century notes relating to the text on rear free endpaper.
Provenance: Large engraved armorial "Kimmel Park" bookplate of Hugh Robert Hughes of Kimmel (1827–1911), Co. Denbigh, and his small library shelf label to top of front pastedown. His signature in full, dated "June 11th 1855," on front fly-leaf. "G.L.D. 1937" on front free endpaper.
NSTC 2H30539; McLean, Victorian Book Design, pp. 94, 174. Binding as above; edges, corners, and joints (outside) abraded, with some fading to dye of covers. 20th-century notes as mentioned above; shelf label largely obscured by a later blank one; a very few dog-ears or short edge tears; age-toning with some foxing and other spotting, especially towards beginning and end. => A remarkable, wonderful book. (37188) Please RESHELVE This.
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