First issue (inscription on the medal of Augustus Caesar, in vol. 2, p. 108, reads "post est," later corrected to "potest") of John Pine's "tour de force" (Blumenthal), the legendary edition of the Works of Horace, the "most elegant of English eighteenth century books." (Ray), " far ahead of its time and an influence on the future." (Levarie) Two octavo volumes, collated and complete: ,264,; ,191,,pp, with 324 copper-engraved portraits, vignettes, and head and tail pieces. As with most copies, our set does not include the folded letterpress leaf headed "List of the antiques in the first volume of Horace," which must have been added quite late in the print run. "The engravings are executed on a very stout, clear paper, and the tout ensemble presents to the eye a very pleasing appearance." (Moss) What's more, "copies which contain the first impressions [of the engravings, as ours] are valuable and much sought after." (Dibdin) Beautifully bound in red morocco, covers with gilt panels and corner-pieces, spines densely gilt in compartments between raised bands with gilt lettering to two compartments, wide elaborately gilt turn-ins, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers, multicolored silk page ribbon in each volume. Expertly rebacked by the Old English Bindery retaining original spines. A fresh copy in a very handsome binding, "remarkable for the beauty of its engraving." (Lowndes) Brunet III, 320. Lewine, p. 246. Graesse III, 354. Legacies of Genius 15. Moss II, 23-24. Dibdin II, 108. Lowndes II, 1113. Rothschild 1546-47. Blumenthal, Art of the Printed Book, p. 24 and plate 72. Ray, p. 3. Bland p. 216 and fig.186. Levarie, pp. 245-6. PMM 105. a high point of Augustan taste. John Pine (1690-1756) was the "best English engraver in the first half of the [eighteenth] century. His edition of Horace is engraved throughout, text as well as ornament, though it is said that the text was first set in type and an impression transferred to the plate before it was engraved. The results are a unity between decoration and text which at times suggests Didot's Horace of 1799; a contrast between thick and thin strokes in the letters which naturally follows from the engraving process but which foreshadows the type design of Baskerville, Bodoni, and Didot; and the wide "leading" between the lines of the text which did so much to give their pages a brilliant effect." (PMM) "The subscription list printed at the beginning of the book must be one of the most illustrious of its kind, naming the great and the good from every corner of Europe, including the kings of England, Spain, and Portugal." (ODNB) N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: [John Pine, engraver] Quinti Horatii Flacci ...
Publisher: aeneis tabulis incidit Iohannes Pine [through 1737]
Publication Date: 1733
Book Condition: Fine
Edition: First Edition.
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