Opera omnia.

Paris, A. Mesnier [printed by Didot fils with the type cut by Henri Didot], 1828.

36mo (84 x 53 mm.), pp. viii, 229; large paper copy, entirely uncut; 19th century vellum over paste boards, spine with two gilt lettered black morocco label

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A scarce Miniature Book. “One of the typographical wonders and an unsurpassed feat as far as minuteness and beauty of type is concerned” (Spielmann 201).

“Édition imprimée avec les caractères microscopiques de H. Didot; elle est d'un format plus exigu encore que l'édition de Sédan et que celle de Pickering” (Brunet III, 324).

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