De Officiis ad Marcum Filium. MINIATURE – Marcus Tullius CICERO FORE-EDGE PAINTING.
De Officiis ad Marcum Filium
De Officiis ad Marcum Filium
De Officiis ad Marcum Filium

De Officiis ad Marcum Filium

Paris: J. Barbou, 1773. 87 x 53 mm. Special copy on blue paper. Half-title. Engraved frontispiece by N. Le Mire after J.M. Moreau. Text printed within decorative border. 18th-century red morocco gilt, spine in six compartments with five raised bands, added arms of William Stuart on front cover, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers, silk bookmark, with a FORE-EDGE PAINTING under the gold, a vertical scene of three classical figures in a landscape, in frame border.

Provenance: 1773 record of binding on verso of front free endpaper; Lord Stuart de Rothesay, acquired at his sale by William Stuart (1798-1874), the eldest son of William Stuart, Archbishop of Armagh, and Sophia Margaret Juliana, daughter of Thomas Penn of Stoke Poges (added supra-libros [Stamp 6] and printed shelf slip on front free endpaper accomplished in manuscript); Stanley Marcus (bookplate; sold Christie's New York, 11 May 1987, lot 85); Unidentified booklabel. A fine, well-preserved copy. Item #408492

While exceeding the accepted size of a miniature book, its 4.5 point type and size of the printing area warrants its inclusion in all of the bibliographies. Bondy even noted regarding the similarly issued Barbou edition of Cato Major, 1771: "his title again exceeds our maximum size; but no rule can be without exceptions and we must strongly advise collectors to include this volume if they are lucky enough to find it" (Bondy p.24). Brunet II, p.22 Nauroy p.35; Spielmann 94 ("a very important eighteenth century miniature book, printed with the type of Pierre Simon Fournier [1712-68], one of the great French letter founders"); Welsh 1896. A very attractive miniature book with fore-edge, with fine provenance.

Price: $1,500.00