First and only Elzevir edition. Small 12mo (128 mm. in boards). 3 volumes. Volume I. pp. , 654, . Volume II. pp. 631, . Volume III. pp. 582, . Volume I contains an engraved title page with animal and vegetable motifs; a portrait of Pliny is also present opposite page 1. The titles to volumes II and III depict the printer’s device. Text is in Latin with periodic small decorative initials. All edges are marbled. Bound in 19th century full reddish-brown calf with gilt spines. The binding contains areas of rubbing and wear to the extremities and to the covers. The outer hinges and the head caps are carefully and extensively restored. Small areas of restoration are present to the gilding, to the spine and to the board corners. The front cover to volume III shows a slightly darkened and bumpy vertical line of cosmetic repair or patching running the length of the board (about 5-6 mm. in from the hinge) ; the inner gilt border line is worn and somewhat crooked. Interior pages show occasional minor spotting, staining and wear but are generally clean and fresh. An old oval-shaped armorial plate is pasted on the verso of the title page in each volume. Concerning this Elzevir edition Willems states: "Elle passe à bon droit pour un de leurs chefs-d'oeuvre. Les exemplaires bien conservés se trouvent difficilement." Dibdin also mentions that the beauty of this edition "…is a theme of extraordinary commendation by the French bibliographers." Gaius Plinius Secundus (c.e. 23-79) was a Roman author-scholar and a friend of the emperor Vespasian. Pliny died in 79 c.e. during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. His only extant work, the Historiae Naturalis – is a work in 37 books containing a physical description of the world, geography, ethnography, anthropology, horticulture, materia medica, zoology, mineralogy etc. Pliny’s work also included folklore and hearsay accounts of strange wonders, magic, monsters and mythical animals. Hundreds of ancient authors and sources are cited. [Willems 428; Berghman 2116; Dibdin II, p. 323; Schweiger III, p. 790; Brunet IV, 710]. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: Historiae naturalis libri xxxvii.
Publisher: Ex officina Elzeviriana
Publication Date: 1635
Book Description B. G. Teubner, 1875. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: No Dust Jacket. Former owner's bookplates to inner covers (William Mode Spackman) with scholar's name written in ink below (W. P. Wallace). Spines are lightly browned. Light rubbing. Minor shelfwear. V4 & 6: front inner hinges starting to crack but holding. ; V. 2: (1875) xxxviii, 424 pp; V. 3: (1892) xiv, 496 pp; V. 4: (1897) X, 500 pp; V. 5: (1897) X, 512 pp & V. 6: (1898) iv, 462 pp. ; Bibliotheca Scriptorum Graecorum Et Romanorum Teubneriana TEUBNER; Vol. 2017-02-06. Bookseller Inventory # 10074