One of the most influential works of Classical Antiquity.
CICERO, Marcus Tullius. M. Tullii Ciceronis opera. Cum indicibus et variis lectionibus. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1783.
Ten volumes, large 4to. Contemporary polished calf, spines lettered in gilt, with raised bands and black morocco lettering-pieces, fine engraved portrait of the author by J. K. Sherwin; very mild rubbing to the bindings only occasionally, a few hinges a little rubbed, but holding firmly, bound without the half-title to the first volume, apart from a few light spote here and there a very clean and attractive set with wide margins (large paper copy?) with contemporary armorial bookplate Sir Charles Oakeley inside front cover of volume one, later ownership inscription Malcolm Harper in upper margins of front paste-downs.
The Oxford ten-volume edition of the most influential and productive rhetorician of the Western World, who left one of the greatest bodies of literary and philosophical work in classical antiquity. The Roman statesman and 'influencer' formulated a philosophical rationale for republicanism, and many of the issues debated in his time (the rise of authoritarianism, and Civil War) find echoes in the historical period we are living in, or through. The text of this impressive and magisterially produced edition is based on Olivet’s edition, Paris 1740.Volume ten is the index with explanation of difficult words and phrases Clavis Ciceroniana: sive indices rerum et verborum philologico-critici in opera Ciceronis, by J. A. Ernesti. The Variae lectiones were collected by Thomas Hearne, a celebrated Oxford antiquary and Bodleian librarian, and the anonymous editor.