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Caii Crispi Sallustii quae exstant …

Recensuit diligentissime et adnotationibus illustravit Gottlieb Cortius accedunt Fragmenta Veterum Historicum Constantius Felicius Durantinus de Conjuratione Catilinae et index necessarius.

Published: Venice: Giovanni Battista Paschal, 1737

Stock code: 48939

Price: £1,250

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Large paper copy of the famous edition of Sallust by the short lived Gottlieb Kortte (1698–1731), whose installation as professor of jurisprudence at Liepzig in 1726 Bach hailed in the allegorical cantata “Vereinigte Zwietracht”. Kortte’s edition of Sallust was first published in 1724. Samuel Charles Smith (usually styling himself C. Smith, as here) was one of the most competent London binders of the early 19th century. He was born about 1790, and was active from about 1813 to probably 1840. He was one of a number of binders to earn William Beckford’s displeasure and features in Beckford’s letters to his bookseller, George Clarke, in 1831 as “Beast Smith” (see Hobson, “William Beckford’s binders”, Festschrift Ernst Kyriss, pp. 375-81). The celebrated library of Sir John Thorold at Syston Park contained a number of books bound by Smith.

Large quarto (307 225 mm), in two parts, with continuous pagination and register. Bound by C. Smith in early 19th-century dark green diagonal-straight-grained morocco, spine divided in six compartments by wide raised bands, gilt lettered in two, others with gilt borders, sides with four-line gilt rules and elaborate scroll tools at corners; board edges and turn-ins ruled in gilt, marbled endpapers, gilt edges. Title printed in red and black. Bookplates of Syston Park, Sir John Hayford Thorold, and William Henry Smith, founder of the stationers W. H. Smith. Extremities a little rubbed, but a fine copy handsomely bound.

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