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Author: Catullus; Tibullus; Propertius:

Title: Pristino nitori restituti, & ad optima Exemplaria emendati. Accedunt Fragmenta Cornelio Gallo inscripta.

Publication: Lugduni Batavorum [Leiden]: [n.pr. but A. U. Coustelier?], 1743.

Description: 12mo, pp. xvi, 344 + frontispiece and 2 other engraved plates. Early 20th-century rust-coloured morocco, smooth spine and front board somewhat amateurishly lettered in gilt with a gilt monogram to front board. Some light spotting, a dampmark to frontispiece, two leaves with blank fore-corner torn away. Binding marked, slightly rubbed at extremities, pastedowns creased.

An early volume from the 'Barbou Collection', a series of small-format Latin classics imitative of the work of the Elsevirs, which was taken over by Joseph Barbou in the 1750s. The project was started by Antoine-Urbain Coustelier in the early 1740s, making this one of the first titles issued. It appears in two variants, as here with an anonymous and probably false Leiden imprint, and also with the Paris imprint of Coustelier. The binding is unusual and appears to be the work of an amateur in the early part of the 20th century; the leather is high quality and worked competently if plainly, while the lettering struggles with level, spacing, and mis-strikes. Stylistically (in the leather colour and the face used for the lettering) it has a slight resemblance to the plainest work by Cockerell or the W.H. Smith bindery.

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Reference Number: [53790]

Price: £150

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