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Baskerville Press--Vergilius Maro, Publius
BUCOLICA, GEORGICA, ET AENEIS. BIRMINGHAM: J. BASKERVILLE, 1757
Estimate
8001,200
LOT SOLD. 813 GBP
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Baskerville Press--Vergilius Maro, Publius
BUCOLICA, GEORGICA, ET AENEIS. BIRMINGHAM: J. BASKERVILLE, 1757
Estimate
8001,200
LOT SOLD. 813 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

English Literature, History, Children’s Books and Illustrations, including The Garrett Herman Collection: The Age of Darwin

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Baskerville Press--Vergilius Maro, Publius
BUCOLICA, GEORGICA, ET AENEIS. BIRMINGHAM: J. BASKERVILLE, 1757
4to, FIRST BASKERVILLE EDITION, state of title-page with slightly damaged 'R' in 'Maronis', with all the usual cancels as listed by Gaskell (including T1r) and none of the uncommon cancels, variant of subscribers' list with four "Names too late to be inserted Alphabetically", contemporary speckled calf, spine gilt in compartments, red morocco lettering-piece, offsetting from bookplate, extremities bumped
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Provenance

Sir James Colquhoun, armorial bookplate on upper pastedown

Literature

Gaskell 1 ("Baskerville's first and perhaps his finest book")

Catalogue Note

A FINE COPY OF WHAT IS WIDELY REGARDED AS THE MOST IMPRESSIVE OF BASKERVILLE'S BOOKS. "Its startlingly novel and calligraphic type, the density of the ink, the excellence of the presswork, the smoothness and gloss of the paper -- all these elements work in harmony in a design that was unusually sober for a relatively expensive book..." (Oxford DNB).

"Baskerville spared neither pains nor money to make his books as fine as he could, but his standards of textual accuracy were too low for the results to be entirely successful; most of his books were unusually beautiful, expensive and incorrect" (Gaskell, p.xix).

English Literature, History, Children’s Books and Illustrations, including The Garrett Herman Collection: The Age of Darwin

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London