Opera.London: John Pine, 1733-37 [i.e. 1757] Stock Code: 142441
Engraved throughoutFirst edition of Pine's Horace, second printing of 1757 from the same plates. A tour-de-force of bookmaking, Pine's Horace is entirely engraved, both text and illustration, and liberally supplied with initials, head- and tailpieces and vignettes. "Pine's complete command of his craft makes this the most elegant of English eighteenth-century books in which text and illustrations alike are entirely engraved" (Ray p. 3); this is a particularly nice example, wide-margined and elegantly bound. This copy is the second printing, with "Post Est" amended to "Potest" at vol. II. p. 108, listed by Rothschild as a second issue, but since asserted as a new printing from the same plates (see Michael Suarez's 2015 Lyell Lecture).
The subscriber list in volume 1, first printed in 1733, lists Frederick, Prince of Wales, William, Duke of Cumberland, and William IV, Prince of Orange, alongside subscribers from Great Britain, Paris, Amsterdam and Vienna. That of volume 2, first printed in 1737, is a testament to the work's growing popularity and includes George II of Great Britain, Charles VI, Holy Roman Emperor, and Louis XV of France amongst other leading figures of Europe. In total, more than 1,000 people subscribed to this edition.
2 volumes, octavo (228 x 134 mm). Contemporary green morocco, spines lettered in gilt, spines and covers ruled in gilt, gilt beaded roll to turn-ins, marbled endpapers, gilt edges.
Without the List of Antiquities in Vol. I, as usual; engraved text and illustrations throughout.
A little skilful retouching at extremities, sporadic very light foxing to contents. An excellent copy.
Blumenthal 72; ESTC N504923; Ray p. 3; Rothschild 1548. Michael Suarez, Lyell Lecture, 8 May 2015, "Engraved Throughout: Pine's Horace (1733) as a Bibliographical Object".
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