16mo, pp. 264, [8, index]; with engraved printer’s device on title, typographical initials and head- and tail-pieces, shoulder notes and running titles throughout; some occasional faint spotting and light browning, shoulder notes occasionally just shaved by the binder (with loss of a single character at most), two tiny holes in final leaf (not affecting text); late eighteenth- or early nineteenth-century vellum-backed boards; rubbed and bumped, spine label missing; crude sketch of a bust on a pedestal on rear pastedown.
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De rerum natura libri sex.
Rare pocket edition of Lucretius, a reissue of de Marnef and Cavellat’s similarly rare 1564 edition, with the same collation. The great poem is preceded by Petrus Crinitus’s brief biography of the author.
Provenance: ‘G. Dodd Eton Coll.’ (inscription along lower edges, probably early nineteenth-century); Archibald McNeill, with his presentation inscription: ‘J. Couper Esq.[,] a trifling memento of a few chattings on men & books – as enjoyable as they were – unfortunately – few, during the summer of 1874’, signed ‘ye Special B. M. News’, below which another hand (presumably Couper’s) has written ‘(Arch.d McNeill)’.
Adams L1665; Gordon 202A.
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