(Oxonii: E Typographeo Clarendoniano, 1794). 305 x 197 mm. (12 x 7 3/4"). xx, 219,  pp.Edited by Thomas Tyrwhitt. ONE OF 34 LARGE PAPER COPIES (according to Dibdin).
FINE CONTEMPORARY RED STRAIGHT-GRAIN MOROCCO BY CHRISTIAN KALTHOEBER (his ticket on verso of front free endpaper), covers with triple gilt fillet border, oblique lilies at corners, raised bands flanked by thick and thin gilt rules, gilt titling, turn-ins with pentaglyph and metope roll, leather hinges, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. Engraved tailpieces. Front pastedown with bookplate of Charles Hoare. Text in Greek and Latin. Dibdin I, 323. Minor soiling to boards, spine just slightly faded, flyleaves a bit foxed, otherwise AN EXTREMELY FINE COPY, with vast margins, nearly pristine text, and a bright binding showing only the most trivial wear.
Made with the best materials and produced by an expert artisan, this simple but elegant binding is a fitting cover for an edition of Aristotle's "Poetics" described by Dibdin as "very elegant and accurate." Dibdin notes that Large Paper Copies like the present one "form one of the most attractive ornaments of a classical collection." They were "few in number, and costly in price . . . [and were] . . . reserved by the Delegates of the University Press as presents for eminent characters." Maggs Catalogue 966 states that our binder, Christian Kalthoeber, was "considered during his day to be the finest binder in the world." He came to London from Germany, as did several of his countrymen, in order to fill the need generated by English gentlemen for sumptuous bindings in the formation of large libraries, working at first for the well-respected John Baumgarten and then succeeding him in 1781. One of Kalthoeber's bindings was priced at the unheard of sum of 30 guineas, and its reputation became such that George III insisted upon seeing it. Moreover, apparently because of the publicity surrounding his work, Kalthoeber was persistently invited by the Czarina to come to St. Petersburg. (ST12742)
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PJP Catalog: 71.093