Gellius, Aulus: (Gronovius, Johannes Fredericus, ed.:)

Noctes Atticae.

Published: Amstelodami [Amsterdam]: Daniel Elzevir,

Date: 1665

12mo., pp. [xlviii], 482, [cxviii]. Engraved title-page, woodcut initials and head- and tail-pieces. Occasional light spots and smudges but very clean overall. Contemporary brown calf panelled boards, modern reback with raised bands and gilt title, corners repaired, edges coloured red, inner hinges reinforced. A bit rubbed, a few small chips to edges, endpapers slightly toned, very good.

Old red and gilt Galloway & Porter bookseller’s label to front paste-down. Tiny inscription of R. Finch to ffep, then to preliminary blank the further inscription: ‘E Libris Ro: Finch / Cht Coll Cant / 1692’. Below that, inscription of J. F. Mountford, Edinburgh 1921. Robert Finch matriculated at Christ’s College, Cambridge in 1686-7 at the age of 16. He became a Fellow in 1692 but died at the College in 1696. He was the son of Heneage Finch (1621–1682), first Earl of Nottingham. As solicitor-general Heneage Finch prosecuted the regicides in 1660, was promoted to attorney-general in 1670 and served as Lord Chancellor from December 1674 until his death.

Dibdin I, 340-1; Schweiger II, 379; Willems, 1127

A reimpression of the Elzevir edition of 1651 edited by Johannes Fredericus Gronovius. Willems describes the 1651 edition as ‘Fort jolie et qui passe pour tres correcte’, though adds that this 1665 reimpression is ‘beaucoup moins belle’.


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