De bello civili libri decem. Eiusdem vita in fine operis . . . Paris, ex officina Rob. Stephani,
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Estienne's device on title-page. 8vo. 273pp. ff. Early 19th century diced calf, narrow ornamental gilt border, by Simier, relieur du roi, decorative flat spine gilt (joints a little rubbed).
The first Estienne edition of Lucan's Pharsalia, his epic poem on the Civil War between Pompey and Caesar. It is beautifully printed in Claude Garamond's italic type designed for Robert Estienne in imitation of the Aldine italic and first used in 1543. French early 19th century coat-of-arms with monogram "DD" pasted inside front cover. Renouard I, p. 64, no. 14. Adams L 1575. Brunet III, 1199 (Bonne édition, peu commune).
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