(Tonson, Jacob)

De Rerum Natura.

London: Jacob Tonson, 1712. Quarto. 370pp. Engraved frontispiece and six inserted plates, one of which is a fold-out, as well as various head- and tail-pieces and engraved initials at the beginning of each book. The engravings bear the signatures of various pressmen and engravers, including Gilliam van der Gouwen and Louis Du Guernier. A previous owner's note at the front of the volume provides further information, stating that a similar copy of the edition sold at an unknown time for sixteen pounds, eleven shillings. It also claims that the engravings would have been "executed at the expense of the various noblement to whom they were dedicated", and provides bibliographical evidence to suggest that the final, fold-out plate was considered exceptional from the start. Indeed, the plate, and its five companions, provide dramatic visual prefaces to the various stages of creation and history retold by Lucretius. Bound in full contemporary vellum with marbled endpapers. Some cracking to tail of spine, expected soiling to endpapers, else a fine copy of a noble rendition of Lucretius' classic work. Signature and stamp of former owner on front flyleaf. Item #28555

Price: $3,000.00

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