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lot 162

1772. BOOK: (CLASSICS). SALUSTIO CRISPO, CAY: THE CATILINE CONSPIRACY AND THE WAR OF PLAY BY... Madrid: Imperial Joachin Ibarra, 1772. Folio. 12 h. (including portrait of Salustio and engraving) + 395 p. Bilingual Latin-Spanish text, according to translation attributed to Infante Gabriel Antonio, son of Charles III, and revised by Pérez Bayer. It incorporates abundant notes and an epilogue by Perez Bayer about the language of the Phoenicians, plus the index. Cover, portrait of the author, map, 8 plates, 32 vignettes, chapter headings and text illustrations engraved in copper by the most accredited artists of the time: Manuel Montfort, Fernando Selma, Joaquín Fabregat, Manuel Salvador Carmona, Joaquín Ballester, Juan de la Cruz, Jerónimo Antonio Gil, Francisco Assensio, Francisco Muntaner and Juan Antonio Salvador Carmona, who, either by their own drawings or by those of Mariano Salvador Maella or Isidro Carnicero, illustrated the book that has made Spanish printing most famous. This fame is due not only to the quality of the artists who participated in it, but also to the quality of the printing: wide margins, high quality paper, the beauty of the types cast by Antonio Espinosa, a careful composition and a great cleanliness in the printing and printing of the sheets. Full leather binding with shingles, and golden wheels, ribs, curled back, presented in a waterproof paper box with leather profiles.