Lugd. Batav. (Leiden, Netherlands): Ex Officina Elseviriana (Elzevier), 1649. 12mo (14 cm, 5.5"). , 429, , [5 bl.] pp. Complete.
First edition: Johann Frederich Gronov (1611-1671), brilliant German classical scholar and prolific author provides commentary or notes on the works of Latin authors Seneca the Elder and Seneca the Younger. There were four titles by Gronov on the Senecas printed by the Elzevirs in 1649, of which this is the fourth (reprinted in 1658). Elzevir was a celebrated family of Dutch printers of the 17th century. Their "small editions in 12mo, 16mo and 24mo, for elegance of design, neatness, clearness and regularity of type, and beauty of paper, cannot be surpassed."
Willems, Elsevier 664. CERL Cty.01.2278448. Bibliotheque Nationale FRBNF30544604. Encyclopaedia Britannica Vol. 9, p. 304; Vol. 12, p. 614. Contemporary calf with intricately decorated extra gilt spine. Red and brown speckled edges. Woodcut device of Bonaventura and Abraham Elzevir to title-page. Index. Errata 2 pp. Contemporary inscription Ex Libris Abrahami Girard 1659 and second Girard on title page. "From the collection of the French theologian Abbé Abraham Girard (1635-93), whose library was dispersed by auction in 2018. Girard" published his dissertation by age 17 and "would later rise to the office of head abbot at the Cistercian abbey of Chalivoy near Bourges." - INLIBRIS Gilhofer Nfg. "Abraham Girard built up an important library with scholarly works." - Aguttes catalogue 2018. Chipped about the spine and lower edge, pages lightly toned. Tight and clean first edition by noted scholar and of noted provenance. Very good+. Item #891