[REVICZKY, Károly Imre Sándor (count)] "Periergus Deltophilus." Bibliotheca Graeca et Latina. Berlin: privately printed by Johann Friedrich Unger for the author/collector, 1784.
8o (201 x 122 mm). Collation: \Kp\k1 (half-title Catalogue de mes livres), +8 (introductory letter, Avertissement); \Kc\k1 (Latin title), A-F8 G2 (catalogue of the Greek classics); A-K8 (Latin classics); a-c8 d6 (alphabetical list of the Greek classics); a-d8 (Latin classics alphabetically); *4 **8(8+1) (lists of "Variorum", Elzevier, Foulis, Baskerville, etc. editions, errata).
CONTEMPORARY GERMAN PRESENTATION BINDING: gold-tooled crimson red morocco, triple-fillet border on sides, presentation inscription lettered in center of front cover: celsissimo domino I.W.S.R.I. principi a Kaunitz comiti in Rietberg. etc., quotation from Horace on back cover: Serus in coelum redeas..., spine decorated in compartments, with green morocco lettering-piece, roll-tooled border on turn-ins, gilt edges, marbled endpapers. Provenance: Wenzel Anton, Fürst von Kaunitz-Rietberg (presentation inscription on binding).
RARE FIRST EDITION, published for private distribution, of Reviczky's catalogue of his own magnificent collection of editiones principes and other editions of the classics. In 1790 the collection was negotiated to the second earl Spencer (now at the John Rylands University Library, Manchester, except for the "duplicates" sold in 1988).
IMPORTANT PRESENTATION COPY. Prince Kaunitz (1711-94) was Austria's greatest diplomatist before Metternich. As Chancellor he was the superior of Reviczky, who served as imperial ambassador to the Court of St. James's. FINE CONDITION. Taylor 257-258; De Ricci p. 73.