[New York] Novi Eboraci: [D. Appleton] D. Appletonii et Soc. 1883. Lowenstam, Leopold Henry. Vellum. Sixmo size, 299 pp., entire book in Latin. Near fine. Item #20111201
The Roman poet Quintus Horatius Flaccus (65 BCE - 8 BCE), known as Horace in the English-speaking world, penned a prolific amount of verses, often employing iambic metre. This charming volume, bound in vellum, presents his works in Latin, allowing those proficient in that language to read Horace as he was intended to be read. With a lovely frontis illustration by Leopold Henry Lowenstam (1842-1898), well-known Dutch etcher.
This copy with the Ex-Libris of John A[rmstrong] Wright (1820-1891), a railway surveyor who, during the Civil War, "assisted with the organization of the Pennsylvania Militia, gaining the honorary title of 'Colonel' that he used often during the rest of his life" (n.b., from the web site of the Dickinson College Archives and Special Collections).
Somewhat scarce in the marketplace, we see only one other copy online as of this writing.
___DESCRIPTION: Bound in full vellum over flexible boards, red lettering on the front and spine, publisher's seal in black on the front board and title page, top edge gilt, prior owner markings include the Ex-Libris as set forth above on the front pastedown, along with a private library stamp indicating which section and shelf the book belongs in, and pencil notations below the plate; etched frontis of a woman half-reclining reading a book, title page in red and black, please note the entire book is in Latin; sixteenmo size (5 7/8" by 4 1/8"), pagination: [i-vi] [1-3] 4-293.
___CONDITION: Near fine, the vellum binding smooth and without wear, the corners gently bumped but without wear or rubbing, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean, with the prior owner markings on the front pastedown as set forth above; some darkening to the vellum on the spine, the pages lightly and evenly toned, else fine.
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