1700 Satyrae, Quintus Sectanus (Lodovico Sergardi). Fine binding. Elsevier


A beautiful pair, printed in 1700, with mottled leather binding hosting rich spine gilt decoration, marbled edges, pink and green endbands, and beautiful period correct marbled endpapers.  Still striking, when new they would have been extravagant. 

Satires, critizing late 17th century Italian culture in the style of the Latin poet Juvenal. An interesting printing, I find reference that it was not actually printed by the famed Elsevier family (as claimed on the title page), although I can’t find a source for this rumour.

“The Latin satires of Lodovico Sergardi, or " Quintus Sectanus," were circulated long before their publication in 1696, and are extra ordinary for their rank vigour, which is mainly exercised with frantic injustice at the expense of (Gian Vincenczo) Gravina. … On the whole, Italy ranks high in this kind of verse, and her classical inspiration is strong, independent, and direct.” – (Elton, The Augustan Age, 1899)

Volume two has a number of emblems accompanying the text.

Physical Attributes –
Mottled leather. Gilt decoration to spine and spine titles (on Moroccan). Blind tooled with double fillet border and a fleuron in each corner.  All edges are marbled. Marbled endpapers.  Each book measures 20.5 x 14 cm. Volume one – 335 numbered pages. Volume two – 425 numbered pages.

Condition –
See pictures. Joints have some cracking. Mark on leather at back of Volume One and front board of Volume Two. A few cracks and pin holes along the spine. A little leather loss at endbands (top of spine) on Volume two. Volume two’s bottom endband is cracked. Bookseller notes at the back of Volume One’s marbled endpaper. Several home library numbers at the back endpapers of both volumes. Volume one has occasional moisture mark at bottom right corner (never approaching text). Wide wonderful margins. A handsome printing.

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