Londini: Iohannes Pine, 1733-1737. First Pine Edition, second state of page 108 in vol. II, with "potest" Tall 8vo (9-1/2 in). Entirely engraved throughout. Two volumes, bound in 19th century full hard grained red morocco, inner dentelles & marble endapers; top edges gilt, with a little rubbing at the edges. Darkening to the spine and some very minor foxing. Generally a very clean fresh copy. Brunet III, 320: "Remarquable par l'elegance des ornaments"; Ray 3; Rothschild 1548; Cohen-de-Ricci 497-98; Dibdin II, 108; Schweiger II, 408; Bruggemann p. 585; Binns-248, Printing & The Mind Of Man 103. Item #24463
This book has been engraved throughout and embellished with Rococo decoration. The book was sold to an eminent group of subscribers headed by the Prince of Wales with prominent dedications to the likes of Pope and Walpole. Ray says that the book "marks a high point of Augustan taste" and notes that this is the most elegant of the 18th century engraved books. Pine was a pupil of Picart and England's best native engraver during the first half the the 18th century.