SENECA. Tragoediae, cum notis Johannis Frederici Gronovii. Auctis ex chirographo ejus et variis aliorum. Amstelodami [Amsterdam]: Ex officina Henrici et viduae Theodori Boom, 1682.
8vo., full vellum school prize binding, ruled and embossed in gilt to both boards, with large central arms from the Latin school at Dordrecht; cornerpieces and gilt ruling/decorative devices to spine; [lxiv], 785, xli; with fully-engraved frontis depicting the subjects of Seneca's plays; along with a couple of woodcut initials; vellum splayed, as expected, and rubbed to edges, with some minimal dirtying to the boards, some cracking to the inner paste-downs, with a couple of small stains; internally, aside from very minor browning, a lovely bright copy, with a charming provenance.
A school prize binding with printed presentation leaf, signed by numerous members of faculty staff, and the rector, to one 'Petrus Eelbo' for his work during the Autumn term of 1693. We have found other examples of this binding complete with the same printed leaf, suggesting they were produced concurrently with one another, always presented to the lucky 'noble and industrious youth' who earned it.
Seneca, the Roman Stoic philosopher, statesman, dramatist, and satirist is perhaps best remembered for these works, his tragedies, which include the exploits of Hercules, the siege of Troy and Jason's quest for the golden fleece. This edition comes complete with Johann Gronovius's commentaries and copious index.