This classic title is bound in a complete state in the six volumes. It was published in Paris by Chez Michaud.
The bindings are bound in handsome tree calf leather (so named because the grain resembles the grain of a tree). Each cover board bears a 1/4” wide hand tooled gilt frame consisting of flowers, a single filet and a filet “zig-zag”. The spines are separated into six compartments. Two of the compartments are completely filled by hand tooled gilt stars and two of the compartments are filled by a complex hand tooled gilt design of ovals, flowers, crescents and dots. The title and number plates fill the remaining compartments and are done in fine red Morocco leather with gilt tooling. The end papers are marbled as is the page edges. Each volume measures: 8” x 5 1/2” and 1 1/2” thick.
The text is published in dual language, the original Latin on the left and the French translation on the right. The text presents the classic work of Tacite, “Publius (or Gaius) Cornelius Tacitu” s (AD 56 – AD 117) who was a senator and a historian of the Roman Empire. Volume one contains a fold out map (from Spain to India). The first volume bears a nineteenth century etiquette ticket from the catalog of "Maire, Libraire, rue Merciere, #21"
The volumes are in extraordinary condition with the exceptions of volume four (front bottom corner of the cover board is chipped off, a piece missing to the gilt frame just above) and volume six (small bit of leather missing at the top right back gilt frame near spine). The wear to the two volumes is minor and does not effect the solidness of their bindings.
This is a nice, early nineteenth century set.
Item ID: LC79
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