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[Opera] Quæ extant

CAESAR (Caius Julius).

CAESAR (Caius Julius).

[Opera] Quæ extant Cum Notis & Animadversionibus Dionysii Vossii, Ut & qui vocatur Julius Celsus De Vita et Rebus Gestis C. Julii Cæsaris, Ex Musæo Joannis Georgii Graevii.

Engraved frontispiece portrait, additional engraved title, letterpress title printed in red and black, 14 engraved plates (eight of them folding).

8vo. [205 x 123 x 54 mm]. [8]ff, 680, [48], 205 pp. Contemporary English binding of red goatskin, the covers tooled in gilt with a double fillet border and triple fillet panel with a large square floral ornament in the outer corners. The spine divided into six panels with gilt compartments, lettered in the second panel on a black goatskin label, the others tooled with a repeated floral roll, the edges of the boards tooled with a gilt roll, marbled endleaves, gilt edges. (The head of the joints expertly repaired).
Amstelodami [i.e. Amsterdam]: P. & J. Blaeu, 1697

Occasional light browning but a very good copy of this scholarly edition of Caesar's Commentaries. The binding is by the same workshop and almost identical to the Suetonius [item x]. There is however no indication that they were ever in the same library. This volume has the bookplate of Frederick Keppel (probably the son of the Bishop of Exeter of the same name, born 1762, died 1830, of Lexham Hall, Norfolk) and the signature of W.R.H. Merriman dated 1913. It may be that this is an example of a "trade" rather than a "bespoke binding", as bought off the shelves of a bookshop.

Bought from George Bayntun, June 2006 (£1000). [£1500]

Stock no. ebc2477

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