Opera omnia, recensuit Filon, in Regio Ludovici Magni Collegio Professor.

  • Horace
  • Londini [London]: Treuttel et Würtz, Treuttel Jun. et Richter 1828
  • Welsh 3566 (and see Spielmann 201-3).


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64to, pp. [iii]-viii, 229, [1]. Half-title discarded. Contemporary green pebble-grain roan, boards ruled in blind, spine lettered in gilt, turn-ins with a gilt roll, edges gilt. A little light toning and spotting. Extremities rubbed. Small armorial bookplate (with name excised) to front pastedown.


The rare London issue of Didot's miniature Horace, 'one of the typographical wonders and an unsurpassed feat as far as minuteness and beauty of type is concerned'; it is printed in 'miraculously small and exceptionally clear and beautiful type' (Spielmann) of just 2.5-point size - almost half the size of Pickering's Diamond type. Henri Didot cut the type with his own hand and had to invent the polyamatype process to cast it since it was too small for normal moulds. The edition was published in Paris with two variant title-pages, one with Mesnier as the publisher and the other Sautelet.
However, this is a third, rarer version - imported sheets with a new title-page - issued in London by the bookselling company of Treuttel & Würtz. Established in Strasbourg in the 1770s before moving to Paris, they opened a London branch in 1817, specialising in the importation of French books. This title was advertised in the Classical Review for 1828, priced 8 shillings.
The two Paris issues are listed by Spielmann and Mikrobiblon, but this one is not; Welsh lists various other sources for the others as well, but finds reference to this one in just two Bondy catalogues (possibly the same copy being relisted at a discount). COPAC locates a single copy, in the British Library, and Worldcat adds Harvard and two in the Netherlands.

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