Publius Virgilius Maro [Opera]

By: Virgil [Publius Vergilius Maro] (70-19 BCE)

Price: $150.00

Quantity: 1 available

Book Condition: Collectible: Good


Series: Diamond Classics. Almost a Miniature Book. 3 1/4 x 2 inches. [ii], 283, [ads 1] pp. Engraved frontispiece portrait of Virgil by R. Grave, engraved title-page, letterpress title page, woodcut coat of arms on the dedication leaf to Earl Spencer, ad at rear announces future publications of ancient authors in the same format; paper lightly toned, insect damage to letterpress title page including a few small holes that do not affect legibility. Full dark green morocco, gilt-ruled covers, 3 raised bands, spine titled and ruled in gilt, all edges gilt, yellow coated end-papers; binding square and tight, rubbed, corners showing. "Diamond Classic" in pencil on front paste-down, pencil Dawson's Book Shop source notation and price in front fly-leaves, ink ownership signature of W. Kennick in further front fly-leaf. Glen Dawson's copy without distinguishing mark. GKK520-005. Good. FIRST EDITION in the Diamond Classics Series which Pickering began publishing in 1819. This is considered to be the rarest of the Series as "only a hundred copies survived a fire at the printers" (See: Spielmann, p, 502, quoting Sheringham in The Connoisseur, 1902). "In 1819 [Pickering] began publishing a series of Diamond Classics, miniature books set in tiny type that were offered in a uniform binding of cloth or leather at an affordable price of 6 shillings. These are probably the first publishers' bindings in cloth, an innovation which had a rapid and profound impact on the publishing industry." Wikipedia. REFERENCES: Bondy, Miniature Books, p. 87; Bromer & Edison, Miniature Books, p. 50; Welsh, A Bibliography of Miniature Books, No. 6974; Welsch, The History of Miniature Books, p. 41.

Title: Publius Virgilius Maro [Opera]

Author Name: Virgil [Publius Vergilius Maro] (70-19 BCE)

Categories: MBS-VBF,

Edition: First Edition, thus

Publisher: London, William Pickering: 1821

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Collectible: Good

Type: Hardcover

Seller ID: GKK520-005

Keywords: Virgil, Publius Vergilius Maro, Opera, William Pickering, Miniature Book, Diamond Classic