SALUSTIUS CRISPUS, CAIUS. 86-34 B.C.E.  [Opera.] La Conjuración de Catilina y la Guerra de Jugurta.  Madrid: Joaquin Ibarra, 1772.

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SALUSTIUS CRISPUS, CAIUS. 86-34 B.C.E.
[Opera.] La Conjuración de Catilina y la Guerra de Jugurta. Madrid: Joaquin Ibarra, 1772.

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SALUSTIUS CRISPUS, CAIUS. 86-34 B.C.E.
[Opera.] La Conjuración de Catilina y la Guerra de Jugurta. Madrid: Joaquin Ibarra, 1772.
Folio (367 x 270 mm). Half-title, engraved title by E. Monfort, engraved medallion portrait of Sallust by Monfort after M.S. Maella, engraved map of North Africa and 8 plates, engraved head- and tail-pieces and vignettes, primarily numismatic. Contemporary London binding, possibly by Henry Walther, red straight-grained morocco, gold-tooled panel design of fillets, dotted rolls and semi-oval gouges, spine with five raised bands, second panel with title in gilt, the rest with intersecting wavy dotted rolls, edges and turn-ins gilt-rolled, silk doublures and endpapers decorated with gilt rolls and cornucopia tool, all edges gilt, rear covers scuffed, front joint rubbed at tail end, lower tips worn, bookplate removed and marks of previous ownership on front endpaper, engraved title and first page of the prologue roughly effaced, occasional slight foxing or spotting, in a custom cloth clamshell box.
Provenance: L'Antiquaria de Caldas Cordeiro, Lisbon (small bookticket); purchased from Tavares de Carvalho, Lisbon.

RARE LARGE PAPER EDITION, ONE OF 120 COPIES, the entire edition, reserved for the use of the work's translator, the Infante Don Gabriel of Spain, son of Carlos III. "One of the finest volumes produced in any country during the eighteenth century" (Updike). Described as a "chef-d'oeuvre typographique" by Brunet and as "l'un des chefs-d'oeuvre de l'imprimerie espagnole" in Cohen-de Ricci, Ibarra's masterpiece of printing and design was thought by Palau to surpass the best work of Didot and Bodoni. The main Spanish text is printed in a striking italic type by Antonio Espinosa de los Monteros, with two columns of the original Latin in Roman type below. The plates include specimens of Phoenician, Hebrew and Maltese-Greek alphabets. In a fine London binding of the late 18th century, unsigned, but strongly resembling the work of the German immigrant binder Henry Walther (see Maggs catalogue 1075, II, nos. 228 & 229; Nixon, Oldaker, no. 29). Brunet V:91; Cohen-de Ricci 938; Palau 288134; Updike II:71-3.
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