Treasures exhibition: 17th and 18th centuries

Detail of Duke of Marlborough armorial binding4. The seventeenth to eighteenth centuries

This display case contained two monumental illustrated works of the period and, by contrast, some Elzevir publications, the typical readers' pocket editions of the time, in contrasting bindings. The items are drawn from the Stenton Library, the Reserve Collection, the Printing Collection and the Overstone Library.

Chiaroscuro portrait medallions of the Roman Emperors

Hubert Goltzius. Icones imperatorum romanorum. Antwerp : Officina Plantiniana Balthasaris Moreti, 1645. Originally published in 1557, the woodcuts made by C. Jegher for this edition. STENTON LIBRARY GA/12

The reader's Elzevir

Livy. History. Titi Livii Historiarum libri. Leiden : Officina Elseviriana, 1634. Typical, small format (12mo) Elzevir classical text in full contemporary yap vellum, lettered by hand and highly durable. The volume contains a few manuscript annotations by an early reader. PRINTING COLLECTION--878.4

Collectors' Elzevirs (i)

Abraham Golnitz. Compendium geographicum. Amsterdam : Ludovic Elzevir, 1643. Full red morocco, gilt, extra. OVERSTONE--SHELF 23A/18

Collectors' Elzevirs (ii) - the other Whiteknights Library

Claudian. Works. Cl. Claudiani quae extant. Leiden : Officina Elzeviriana, 1650. Early 19th-century red straight-grained morocco, extra, gilt from the White Knights Library of George Spencer, fifth Duke of Marlborough (sometime Marquess of Blandford). OVERSTONE--SHELF 17G/30 (See detail of armorial binding shown above).

The Clarendon's Clarendon

Edward Hyde, Earl of Clarendon. The history of the rebellion and civil wars in England ... volume the first. Oxford : Printed at the Theatre, 1702. Frontispiece portrait engraved by Robert White after Sir Peter Lely; title-page vignette, and initials, head- and tail- pieces throughout, by Michael Burghers (ca1653-1727) - a Dutch-born engraver who settled in Oxford in 1673, eventually becoming Engraver to the University. RESERVE MIDDLE FOLIO--942.062-CLA V. 1

5. The eighteenth century Title-page of Baskerville's Virgil, 1757

In this display case the rococo exuberance of the French (and, to some extent, Spanish) books contrasted with the restraint of Scottish and English examples. The work of Barbou, Ibarra, Foulis, Baskerville, and from the end of the century Bodoni, was represented, and there was an opportunity to compare editions of the works of Horace. The selection was drawn from the Overstone Library and the Printing Collection.

"The finest edition which Spain has produced and perhaps altogether the most estimable one we have" - C.R. Ashbee

Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra. Don Quixote. El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quixote de la Mancha. Nueva edicion, corregida por la Real Academia Española. Madrid : Don Joaquin Ibarra de Cámara, 1780. Old style roman and italic type with engraved head- and tail-pieces, ornamental initials. OVERSTONE--SHELF 15H/12-13

The copy that belonged to Madame Adélaide (Marie-Adélaide de France, 1732-1800), daughter of Louis XV

Charles Marie de La Condamine. Journal du voyage fait par ordre du roi, a l'équateur, servant d'introduction historique a la mesure des trois premiers degrés du méridien. Paris : l'Imprimerie royale, 1751. Red morocco (signifying Adélaide), extra gilt; dentelle borders and armorial stamp of the Mesdames de France. OVERSTONE--SHELF 30J Title-page of Baskerville's Horace, 1762

Baskerville's Horace, 1762 - the only known example of him printing in red and black

Horace. Works. Quintus Horatius Flaccus. Birmingham : John Baskerville, 1762. Title-page (shown right) printed in red and black, with an engraved vignette. OVERSTONE--SHELF 20D/27

"Baskerville's first and perhaps his finest book" - Gaskell

Virgil. Works. Publii Virgilii Maronis Bucolica, Georgica, et Aeneis. Birmingham : John Baskerville, 1757. PRINTING COLLECTION FOLIO--873.1 (see image of title-page shown at top of section 5).

Robert Foulis's Horace for Glasgow University, 1744

Horace. Quintus Horatius Flaccus. Glasgow : Robert Foulis, printer to the University, 1744. OVERSTONE--SHELF 20D/29

Barbou's Horace, 1754

Horace. Quinti Horatii Flacci Carmina. Paris : Joseph Barbou, 1754. OVERSTONE--SHELF 20D/5  (see frontispiece shown below).

Rococo illustrations by C.P. Marillier

Claude Joseph Dorat. Les sacrifices de l'amour, ou lettres de la Vicomtesse de Senanges, et du Chevalier De Versenai. Nouvelle édition. Amsterdam and Paris : chez Delalain, 1772. PRINTING COLLECTION--841.59-DOR Frontispiece of Barbou's Horace, 1754

Fournier le jeune, "the Mozart of typography?" - Allen Hutt

Simon Pierre Fournier. Manuel typographique. Paris : Printed by the author and sold by Barbou, 1764-1766. OVERSTONE--SHELF 13A 1-2

Bodoni's octavo Horace, 1793; "bella edizione", deserving comparison with his earlier folio and quarto editions according to H.C. Brooks

Horace. Works. Q. Horatii Flacci Opera. Parma : Royal Printer (Giambattista Bodoni), 1793. PRINTING COLLECTION--874.5

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