[HORACE]. Quinti Horatii Flacci Opera. London: John Pine, 1733-1737.

$ 3,500.00

2 volumes. 8vo., (8 4/8 x 5 4/8 inches). Engraved frontispiece in each volume and engraved throughout, most pages with vignettes or ornaments. Contemporary English fine binding of red morocco each cover elaborately decorated in gilt with a broad border of floral gilt roll-tools, with a central lozenge decorated with small tools, the spine in 6 compartments, black morocco lettering-pieces in two, the others decorated with small tools, all edges gilt concealing fine contemporary floral fore-edge paintings on each volume (chipped with loss at the head and foot of the spine, extremities a bit scuffed).

Provenance: with the dramatically cancelled bookplate of the library of Portsmouth Cathedral on each front paste-down: "Following enemy action in 1941 and dispersal of the Library, the Bishop and Cathedral agreed to the disposal of the books for better care and to the advantage of scholars 1967".

An attractive copy of Horace's works, each page elaborately engraved and bound in a fine contemporary English binding, each volume with a beautiful floral fore-edge painting. Horace was the leading lyrical poet during the reign of Roman emperor Caesar Augustus. Catalogued by Kate Hunter