CICERO, Marcus Tullius; LIPSIUS, Justus

[1] CICERO, Marcus Tullius. De officiis libri III; De senectude; De amicitia; Paradoxa VI.

ANON. Appendix de re militari.


Amsterdam, apud Guiljel I. Caesium, 1625




[2] LIPSIUS, Justus. De Constantia Libri Duo


Leiden: Ex officina Plantiniana Raphelengii, 1650



£ 2,000



32mo (7.5 x 5 cm); [1] A2 – Z8; Aa1– Ee8; 428 pp. [14]. [2] A-R8, S7; 226 p. [18]. [1] Engraved title page. Manuscript inscription with name of previous owner and date (1630) on title page; manuscript inscription of previous owner on verso of title page (Richard Wilson [18]38); modern ex-libris on first flyleaf. Roman and Italic script. [2] Title page; dedicatory letter by the author. Bottom edges roughly trimmed on I3-I6, M3-M6; O3-O6; P3-P5, R2-R6, S3-S6. Slight browning. FINE PARISIAN BINDING of c. 1630, black morocco, lozenge within three-line gilt borders repeated on the edges; spine in compartments with raised bands. Marbled pastedowns with inner dentelles; gilt edges. Fine and rare copy.




This exquisite and rare exemplar contains two different books bound together. The first one, published in Amsterdam in 1625 by Guiljel I. Caesium, contains four of Cicero’s works (De officiis, De senectude; De amicitia, Paradoxa VI) and an anonymous author’s text on warfare. The second book was published in Leiden in 1650 by Franciscus Raphelengius and it contains Justus Lipsius’s De Constantia. It is unclear why these works were bond together. Lipsius engaged throughout his life in the in the emendation and critical examination of Latin texts, especially those by Cicero.

Nauroy 34; Brockhaus 19; not in Bondy.