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(LUCRETIUS.) Titi Lucretii Cari.

De rerum natura....

Libri sex.

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Published: Birmingham Johannis Baskerville, 1772

Stock Code: 118428

OR On display in 43 Dover Street


First Baskerville edition, finely printing the Latin text of Lucretius' radical work On the Nature of Things, a philosophical poem written to explain Epicurean philosophy to a Roman audience in the 1st century bce. This copy, which is notably unrestored (surviving copies are usually heavily dilapidated or rebacked), has a gift inscription to the title page, presumably on leaving Eton: "Charles Thomas Coryndon Luxmoore, St John's Coll. Camb., E dono. Dr. Keate. Eton", and has the armorial Luxmoore bookplate to the front pastedown. Keate was Eton's longest-serving headmaster (teacher from c.1797, headmaster 180934), who numbered Gladstone among his students. He was memorably pictured by Kinglake as "little more (if more at all) than five feet in height, and was not very great in girth, but within this space was concentrated the pluck of ten battalions. You could not put him out of humour, that is out of the ill-humour which he thought to be fitting for a Head Master." After his time at Cambridge, the recipient, Charles Thomas Coryndon Luxmoore (17931863), became vicar of Guilsfield, Montgomery, where he served 43 years.

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Quarto (295 x 234 mm). Near-contemporary polished calf, spine gilt-tooled in compartments with titles direct, boards bordered with floral gilt roll, gilt-ruled board edges, gilt-rolled turn-ins, marbled endpapers, red speckled edges.


Splitting and a little worming to the joints at spine ends but both boards holding strong, ends and corners a little worn, a few other marks and scratches to calf, some very minor spotting to front and rear leaves, but a very good copy indeed.


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