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OVIDIUS NASO, Publius; HEINSIUS, Nicolaas (ed.)


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Amsterdam: Ex Officina Elzeviriana, 1658-61 Stock Code: 146736
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A handsome set in contemporary binding

Second Heinsius edition of Ovid's works, which was first published in 1652 and which constituted the basis for the 1713 edition by the Dutch classical scholar, Petrus Burman (1668-1741). This is an attractive set in contemporary binding and with an interesting provenance.

This copy is from the library of the Scottish slave-trader, merchant and diplomat Richard Oswald (1705?-1784), with the simple booklabels, to the front pastedowns, of Auchincruive House, his Adam-designed mansion in south Ayrshire. The Auchincruive library was broken up in 1922 (Sotheby's 1 May) and Seymour de Ricci notes that it included some "very fine 18th-century French books, in old morocco bindings" (English Collectors of Book & Manuscripts, 1930, p. 190), reflecting the exceptional quality of the library as a whole.

It was then in the Elzevirian collection of the polymath Edward Heron-Allen (1861-1943), with his bookplate to the front free endpaper. Heron-Allen is best remembered for his translation of the works of Omar Khayyam, a much more literal rendering than Edward Fitzgerald's great, yet loose, translation.

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3 volumes, duodecimo (135 x 75 mm). Contemporary speckled brown calf, titles in gilt to tan calf spine labels, raised bands, decorative and sunflower motifs in gilt to spines, boards ruled in blind, red speckled edges, partly unopened.


Engraved title and a small engraved portrait, woodcut head and tail pieces, title vignettes, and initials.


Bookplate of Robert Hayhurst, Lancashire druggist and chemist, who amassed a fine library. A hint of wear to extremities, the bindings otherwise sound


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