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P. VERGILII MARONIS [VIRGIL]. Opera.

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P. VERGILII MARONIS [VIRGIL]. Opera. London: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle, & Rivington, 1873.

12mo., rebound in full crushed burgundy morocco; five raised bands and gilt lettering direct to spine; all edges gilt; elaborate gilt turn-ins; marbled endpapers; frontispiece showing a she-wolf suckling two infants, behind mounted tissue-guard; pp. [vii], 4-607, [iii]; text in Latin; a lovely fresh copy with spotting to the prelims and frontis; else very good. Provenance: Inscription to ffep reads 'John Selwyn on his leaving Eton election 1911'.
A charming, and very readable pocket edition. The frontis, printed in Leipzig in 1873, is identical to the German edition but is here presented with the London imprint.
Virgil was an ancient Roman poet perhaps best known for his epic, the Aeneid. Mention of the frontis depiction (relating to the founding of Rome), can be found in this work.

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