Antwerp: Officina Plantiniana [by Balthasar Moretus], 1652. Folio (386 x 255 mm; 15.25 x 10 inches).xxxvi, 911 pages. Commentary printed in two columns. Engraved architectural title with portraits of the divinities, heroes and philosophers; frontispiece portrait of Justus Lipsius by Cornelis Galle after a design by Henri d'Oultremont, within an elaborate allegorical frame surmounted by the Phrygian cap of Mercury and a radiant sun with human features; two full-page engravings of Seneca by Galle after Rubens (Seneca dying in his bath, and a bust); 2 small illustrations in text (on B6v and Zzz6v); numerous tailpieces and initials. Contemporary vellum over pasteboard. Provenance: J. Davis Allen, 1892 inscription from Julius Mayer on front free endpaper, Frankfurt-am-Main). Binding soiled and with wear, first two gatherings a bit worn at edges, a few scattered rust-holes, browning and foxing. Item #404986
Fourth edition (variant C bearing the dedication to Pope Paul V) of Seneca's philosophical works edited by Justus Lipsius (the first had appeared in 1605): the most important philological edition of the century. The volume opens with 'Iudicium super Seneca eiusque scriptis' and 'De vita et scriptis L. Annaei Senecae' by Lipsius. The volume contains: De ira, De consolatione, De providentia, De tranquillitate animi, De constantia sapientis, De clementia, De brevitate vitae, De vita beata, De otio sapientis, De beneficiis, 124 epistles, Naturales quaestiones and Apokolokuntosis. With a very large final index of the main topics and terms. Brunet V, 276; Graesse VI, 348-349.