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Pharsalia, curante Angelo Illycino. by  Marcus Annaeus Lucanus - 1811 - from Antiquariat Banzhaf (SKU: 2148)

Pharsalia, curante Angelo Illycino.

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Pharsalia, curante Angelo Illycino.

by Lucanus, Marcus Annaeus

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Woodcut title vignette, (4), 432 pages, 10 etched plates after Wächter. Publisher's printed cream boards. Printed title to flat spine, with typographical ornaments, both covers with 4 different typographical frames, front cover with title, back cover with Barth's address. Large 4to (400 x 290 mm). Head of spine expertly repaired. Extremeties minimally rubbed. A fine copy, top edge uncut, all others with deckle edges in its original publishing state.

Ebert 12356 ; Graesse IV, 274 ; Lanckoronska/Oehler III, 18 ; Schweiger I, 566 ; Dibdin II, 189 "The printer is Degen, the Bulmer of Germany. This is a very sumptuous edition, published under the care of the late Count D'Elci." First edition of Degen's most notable edition de luxe printed in folio, is his edition of Lucan's Pharsalia, an epic poem on the civil war between Caesar and Pompey. "Degens Schaffen als Buchgestalter fand wohl seinen Höhepunkt mit der 432 Seiten starken Prachtausgabe der Pharsalia des Lucanus (1811), gesetzt in äusserst nobler Form in einer hochklassischen Antiqua mit feinsten Haarstrichen … Der Band bedeutet ohne Zweifel eine Höchstleistung der klassizistischen Buchkunst in Oesterreich, ja in Europa und wurde auch vom Ausland als solche anerkannt" (A. Durstmüller. 500 Jahre Druck in Oesterreich, pp. 270/271). Scattered light foxing. "Auf der Leipziger Ostermesse im Jahre 1811 zog sie auch die allgemeine Aufmerksamkeit auf sich und gilt als das Vollendetste und Beste, was in dieser Richtung geleistet werden konnte. Böttiger sagt, dass Degen durch diesen Lucan den früheren Verdiensten jetzt gleichsam die Krone aufgesetzt habe. Durch die ausgesuchte Schärfe, Rundung, Wohlgestalt und Proportion der Typen, durch die gefällige Symmetrie in dem Abstand der einzelnen Worte von einander, durch genauen Druck und die wohlberechnete Schwärze ... ist sie geradezu ausgezeichnet." (Mayer. Wiens Buchdrucker-Geschichte II, 158, footnote 241).


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Pharsalia, curante Angelo Illycino.
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Publisher’s printed cream boards.
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(4), 432 pages, 10 etched plates after Wächter.

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