M. TULLII CICERONIS CATO MAJOR. AD T. POMPONIUM ATTICUM.
- n.p. (but Paris): Lutetiae Typis Josephi Barbou, 1758.
- 32mo. (87 x 55 mm)
- attractively bound in contemporary dark red morocco, three gilt border rules, gilt spine, all edges gilt, housed in half-morroco goat skin with an inset space on the bottom tray for book to be lifted out by a silk ribbon, spine was tooled in 23kt leaf
- [xii], 75 [76 - 80 note], including half-title, 2 final blank leaves
Price: $1,950.00 other currencies
Order Nr. 137034
Very rare first edition thus printed using the miniature type designed by Pierre Simon Fournier. Text in Latin. (Spielman 95; Bondy 24). Top of spine very slightly worn, corners very slightly crushed, but a very good copy. Text within woodcut decorative frame, engraved portrait engraved by F. Huot after Rubens of Cicero facing title-page.
Bondy notes that this work was published in Paris by Coustelier in 1749 and by Bauche a year later and states concerning the three inch rule for miniature books "No rule can be without exception, and we must strongly advise collectors to include this volume, if they are lucky enough to find it" - page 24.