Quinti Horatii Flacci Opera
The first Sandby edition of 1749, with engravings after J S Miller
First thus. Two volumes in one. Hardback, full leather. Marbled page edges. 23.5 × 15cm. vi, 353pp.
This copy has a bookplate for Gulielmi Stewart to the front pastedown and a pencilled signature to the ffep 'W R (Cleveland) Stewart, Christmas 1895'
This is the first printing of William Sandby's edition of the works of Horace, the Roman lyric poet. This copy contains both volumes and is illustrated with frontispiece and title page vignette portrait by Johann Sebastian Müller (also known as John, or J S Miller), as well as 35 engraved plates within the text. There is a dedication page engraving after Richard Wilson.
The leather binding is in poor condition, with the joints weak and the leather heavily stained. The contrasting title labels to the spine are lacking. The contents however are in better condition. The book remains in readable condition and all plates are present. There is occasional foxing, heavier to the back of the book but otherwise most pages are clean. The inner binding is secure.