by LUCRETIUS (ca. 99 BC�ca. 55 BC); Jacques Parrain des COUTURES (translator, 1645-1702).
Paris:: Chez Thomas Guillain, 1685.. Two volumes. Small 8vo. , 419, ; , 494,  pp. Half titles, engraved frontispiece by Johann Hainzelman (1641-1693?), small woodcut design on full titles, decorative initials, head and tailpieces, indices, 2 errata sheets. Original full mottled calf, five raised bands, gilt-stamped spines; heavily worn, spine portions missing, broken joints but with holding cords [joints reinforced with painted Kozo paper]. Ownership blind emboss stamps on frontis., titles, half title and last two leaves. Binding poor but internally very good. Scarce. Coutures, not widely admired for his writing, earned praise from Voltaire for this translation, [�la meilleure qu�on ait en France�]. An early and complete edition from 1685. The first printed edition of Lucretius�s famous poem, De rerum natura, was produced in Brescia, Lombardy (Italy) in 1473. The poem was rediscovered in a monastery in Germany in 1417 by Poggio Bracciolini (1380-1459), and it played an important role both in the development of atomism and the efforts of various figures of the Enlightenment era to construct a new Christian humanism. (Inventory #: LV2121)
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