1579 Cicero. 12 "books" in Latin. Academic Questions, Good & Bad, Disputations

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A classic work, printed in the 16th century, with a (likely) later vellum binding with yap edges, manuscript title on spine, and long remnants of ties on the rear board (perhaps of value to those teaching the history of book binding, as these are seldom present).

About the Author -

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.

About the Work -

Three works in 12 books:

The first two books are Cicero's Academica (On Academic Skepticism).
The following five books are Cicero's De Finibus Bonorum et Malorum (On the Ends of Good and Evil)
The last five books are Cicero's Tusculanae Disputations (Tusculan Disputations)

Physical Attributes -

Measures approx. 15.5 x 11 x 3.5 cm. Limp vellum binding. Manuscript title in old hand on spine. Ties partially extinguished. Pages - (1), p. 1+2 facsimile, 3 to 592, (1). Some misnumbered pages per printer error.

Condition -

See pictures. Some shelf wear, marks, etc. to binding. Ties at front mostly expired. Ties in rear have about 3" left. Front pastedown has a few holes. Blank front endpaper missing bottom 2/3rds, many annotations on it. Title page is a facsimile reproduction, printed on acid free paper, on a paper with a similar weave. Some worming through page 20. Heavy moisture stain at bottom 1/3 through first 100 pages, then it recedes to almost only within the margin at the bottom right through the rest of the book. Other occasional moisture marks here and there, and a random occasional spot. Despite the moisture marks, the pages seem fairly clean and easy to read. The book structure is good and the book does not feel brittle; a good reading copy.

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