9 March 2016
VERGILIUS MARO, Publius (70-19 B.C.). The Works. Translated by John Ogilby (1600-1676). London: Thomas Warren for the author, 1654.
2º (408 x 260mm). Engraved portrait of John Ogilby by W. Faithhorne after P. Lely, engraved frontispiece, double-page map and 101 full-page illustrations by W. Hollar and P. Lombard after F. Cleyn, headpieces and large historiated initials, all coloured by an ?18th-century hand and heightened in gold. Title printed in red and black. (Portrait, frontispiece and one plate cut down and mounted probably at the time of binding, title backed on thick paper, some soiling and waterstaining, occasional brown stains, spotting to final leaves.) Early 18th-century English red morocco gilt, sides with large central lozenge built up from repeated acorn tools and diaper pattern, a crown at the four corners, a border of semi-circles, zig-zags and a floral and scroll roll, the crown repeated at inner corners of border, gilt-tooled spine in seven panels with raised bands and blue morocco label, gilt edges (extremities rubbed).
MAGNIFICENTLY BOUND, HAND-COLOURED COPY of this acclaimed folio. The translation was originally published in 1649 in octavo format. Here it is enlarged to a folio 'adornd with sculpture' by Wenceslaus Hollar. To facilitate the sale of such costly publications, Ogilby established about 1664 a lottery in which the prizes were all books of his own editing, printing or publishing. This copy has been taken to the height of luxury by the lavish hand-colouring given to all the illustrations and decorations, and by the striking red morocco gilt binding. Wing V-610.
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