Pris: Fridericus Leonard, 1691. First Delphine edition of Horace, edited by Louis Desprez. The Delphine editions of Latin authors, edited by Pierre Huet, were created for Louis, le Grand Dauphin, the heir of Louis XIV. Many, including this one, became the standard texts and were frequently reprinted. Minor soiling, a few leaves lightly browned, but overall a very good set. With the armorial bookplates of George Pretyman (1750-1827), Bishop of Lincoln, and armorial bookplates of a later owner. Contemporary Dutch vellum. Covers panelled in blind, with central blindstamped ornament, spines lettered in ink. Two volumes, quarto. . , 504; , 505 (fly-title to Volume II), [1, blank], pp. 505-914, [126, indexes] pp. Item #14469
Pretyman (1750) was a close adviser to William Pitt throughout his life, particularly on matters of finance. Pitt appointed him to the diocese of Lincoln in 1786, a see he held until 1820, when he moved to Winchester. He wrote a two-volume biography of Pitt in 1821.
This is a scarce set. The four copies listed in OCLC are all in libraries in the Netherlands.