1793 · Parmae
This first octavo Bodoni printing of Horace preserves the famously austere title-page setting of the legendary 1791 folio edition. It is less commonly seen than the quarto edition which came from the Bodoni press in the same year, with De Lama and Brunet not citing it at all; Schweiger notes that => only 200 copies were printed.
Binding: Contemporary red English straight-grain morocco, covers framed with a Greek key roll surrounding a border composed of arabesque and floral tools around a central gilt-ruled panel cornered with sunburst ornaments; spine sympathetically gilt extra using greek keys, sunbursts, and fleurons. Board edges and turn-ins with gilt roll of a rope design, all edges gilt. Original green silk bookmark present and attached.
Provenance: Front pastedown with armorial bookplate of George Henry Cherry; front fly-leaf with early stamped inscription (strongly resembling handwriing) of Vernon J. Watney, Cornbury (author of Cornbury and the Forest of Wychwood).
Brooks 494; Giani 37 (p. 46); Schweiger, II, 413. Not in Brunet, not in De Lama. Binding as above; joints, spine, and extremities lightly rubbed, sides with a few small spots of minor darkening. First and last pages mildly foxed. => One of Bodoni's most neoclassically restrained productions, in a rather less restrained binding. (Inventory #: 40156)