The Georgics by Virgil, Signed Custom Harcourt Binding
The Georgics by Virgil (Publius Virgilius Maro)
Illustrated by Bruno Bramanti
Translated into English Verse by John Dryden
Published by The Heritage Press, New York in 1953
Signed Custom Leather Binding by the Harcourt Bindery
Binding Details: Signed custom binding by the Harcourt Bindery, Charlestown, Massachusetts bound in morocco leather over complimentary cloth covered boards with raised bands to the spine and gold gilt titles and ruling. There are hand-sewn silk endbands, gold ruling to the boards, marbled endpapers, with the top page edges gold gilted. The Harcourt Bindery label appears on the bottom of the last free endpaper.
Book Details: Published by Heritage Press, New York in 1953, the edition is based upon the limited edition published by Oficina Bodini at Verdona in the same year. The book features 4 full-page and numerous smaller black-and-white illustrations from wood-cuts by Bruno Bramanti. From the publisher: “Virgil's Georgics, by common consent one of the great poems of Western literature, purports to be a didactic poem on agriculture, but its true subject is man and his place in nature and society. It is also a landmark in the use of the natural world as material for literature, and in the history of man's attitude to his environment. The poem is of special interest because Virgil brings to bear his own sympathetic understanding as well as his wide reading in Greek and Latin literature.”
Measures approximately 10.5” x 7” with 155 pages as well as an introduction by George F. Whicher.
Condition Report: The binding is in FINE condition. Internally, the book is very clean with no signs of previous ownership. Overall, this is a beautiful binding that houses Virgil’s classic work.
A photograph of the binding appears in the photo section of the listing.