MAGNIFICENTLY BOUND SET OF HORACE’S LYRIC POEMS, WITH WONDERFUL HAND-PAINTED ILLUSTRATIONS,ONE OF ONLY 12 SETS
HORACE. The Lyric Poems of Horace (Odes and Epodes). Latin Text Edited by Clement Lawrence Smith, LL.D., Professor of Latin in Harvard University. [Cambridge, MA: The Bibliophile Society, 1902.]. Eight volumes. Large octavo, contemporary full gray crushed morocco gilt, raised bands, red, orange and green morocco floral inlays on both covers, white leather doublures gilt-decorated and hand-painted in floral designs with red and orange morocco onlays, ivory watered silk endpapers, all edges gilt.
Limited “edition des Horae,” number 2 of only 12 copies printed on Imperial Japanese vellum, elegantly bound. Each poem sumptuously illustrated with original hand-painted illustrations, head- and tail-pieces, borders and ornamented capitals. A gorgeous set in fine condition.
The “calm independence, the moderate Epicurianism which he professed…. has ensured Horace his immortality…. Probably no other poet’s works have been so often copied or printed’ (PMM 178). With hand-colored title-pages and black-and-white etched frontispieces. The first and most ambitious publication of the Bibliophile Society, each ode and epode is followed by a critical introduction that includes textual commentary and interpretation, alternate translations, and imitations. This set does not contain the bibliography volume or the volume of quotations from Horace found in later printings. Bookplates.
A magnificent production in fine condition.