12mo, pp. [iv], xvi, 470, . Title-page with engraved border, text printed within red ruled borders, 24 albumen photographic prints mounted as headpieces. Contemporary red morocco, boards bordered with a triple gilt rule enclosing a frame of a triple gilt rule with gilt cornerpieces, within this a decorative gilt lozenge tool, spine elaborately gilt in compartments, second compartment gilt-lettered direct, gilt turn-ins, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers. Paper lightly toned and foxed. Extremities a little rubbed, a tiny chip to foot of spine and a bump to head of front board.
A companion volume to the 1855 Didot Horace, one of the first books to be illustrated with photographs. Like the Horace, this Virgil contains headpieces that photographically reproduce paintings; an alternate issue was also produced with engravings instead reproducing the same images.