1642 Fragmenta, Historia by Cicero. Elzevir, Lugduni Batavorum.


A 1642 edition of Cicero's Fragments and Histories, printed in Latin by the venerable Elzevir printing firm; this copy with an attractive manuscript title written along the spine.

Originally published as part of a ten-volume set comprising the whole of Cicero's work.

Worldcat - OCLC 1114856870

About Cicero (in extreme brief) -

Marcus Tullius Cicero (106 BC – 43 BC) was a Roman statesman, orator, lawyer and philosopher, who served as consul in the year 63 BC. He came from a wealthy municipal family of the Roman equestrian order, and is considered one of Rome's greatest orators and prose stylists.

Physical Attributes -

Measures approx. 13 x 8 x 2, signed in 12. Vellum binding with Yapp edges; title on spine in an old hand. Printer's mark on title page. Pages - 318, [9]

Condition -

See pictures. Some edge wear and cockling to vellum; a little loss to ink on spine. Some old tape on the pastedowns. Bookseller notes on the flyleaf and pastedown. Darkening near the edges throughout. Moisture mark from top-edge. Occasional thumb, page edge chip, fox spot, etc. Pronounced thumb on 29. Page 99 and 123 with a fore-edge repair. Small candle ember mark on 103. Rear flyleaf with chipping to edges. Rear turn-ins can be lifted (someone probably checked if the binding was made of an important work; it's not).

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