The Hague: Henry Justice, 1765.
J.L. de Boubers. First Edition. Hardcover (Full Leather). Very Good Condition. Item #047101
Full contemporary paneled calf, marbled endpapers, page edges painted yellow. front hinges rubbed and cracked but intact, one lettering piece lacking and the other cracked, spines a bit dry. Slight foxing occasionally but generally fine internally and entirely engraved throughout. Full page plates, head and tail pieces, and vignette illustration throughout. Folding map in volume II. Five volumes bound in two.
The first Justice edition of Virgil, engraved throughout in imitation of John Pine's Horace (1737) and published at Justice's great expense between 1757 and 1765 (the final work done after Justice's death in 1763.). Justice was a prolific book collector and occasional book thief - the latter got him expelled to the colonies in 1736 and later commuted to life in exile on the continent. His wife (the travel writer Elizabeth Justice) wrote a thinly disguised autobiographical novel about the difficulties of living with a man who would rather destroy their lives than quit buying books (Amelia, or the Distressed Wife, 1751). Size: Octavo (8vo). Illustrator: J.L. de Boubers. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 1 kilo. Category: Literature & Literary; Poetry. Inventory No: 047101.