Titi Lucretii Cari De Rerum Natura Libri Sex.
Sumptibus et Typis Jacobi Tonson.
4to. 9.5 x 11.75 inches. [iv] + 386 + 339-370 pp. Pagination irregular but register is continuous. Text in Latin. Bound in contemporary mottled calf; spine in compartments with raise bands, decorated gilt. Extremities show signs of age related wear, including at head and tail of spine. but otherwise a very good crisp copy. Armourial bookplate of William. Addison Fountaine. Illustrated by 7 engraved plates, including frontispiece and one folding. Written in six books in Latin hexameter verse. Its subject treats firstly of the world of atoms, secondly of the human soul and thirdly with the cosmos as a whole, each topic being covered by a pair of books. Little is known of the life of Titus Lucretius Carus (c.90s BC-c.50s BC) and this is his only surviving work. A beautiful book, lavishly printed in a large fount with wide margins, by the well known publisher Jacob Tonson (1655-1736), who published Milton, Dryden, and a six volume edition of Shakespeare and founded the Kit-Kat Club in 1700. The copy may have been owned by William Addison Fountaine (c.1767-1837), Rector of Middleton St. George, Co. Durham, from 1798, but later resident in Bath. (ESTC T50367).
[Stock No. 26125]