Hard Cover. Londini: apud Fratres Vaillant et N. Prevost, 1721. 1st Edition. Very Good.
First edition. Personal copy of Henry Nelson Coleridge (nephew and son-in-law of poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge), with his ownership signature dated "Hampstead 1832" to the title page. Full vellum, spine ruled and decorated in blind, handwritten "Horcitius" title to spine, all edges stained red, pink marbled endpapers. Very good or better, with some bowing to the boards, minor splitting at the spine heads, otherwise sturdy binding, small loss to the bottom corner of page 213/214, a few minor and scattered pieces of pencil marginalia, light soiling to the boards and page edges, else bright and clean. Overall, a very tight copy in an early binding, with excellent provenance. This copy of Q. Horatii Flacci Poemata was the personal copy of Henry Nelson Coleridge, who married his cousin Sara Coleridge, the daughter of poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge. After his death in 1834, Henry became the executor of his uncle's estate and the editor of his posthumous literary works. Henry's work was continued by Sara after his death in 1843. This book was later owned by noted English illustrator (John) Bernard Partridge, and bears his July 18, 1883 ownership inscription to a front flyleaf. Best known for his work for Punch magazine, Partridge was, as Punch claims on its website, "simply one of the finest political cartoonists ever to grace the pages of Punch, and therefore the world." Q. Horatti Flacci Poemata is a critical edition of Horace, the leading lyrical poet of ancient Rome, that is edited and amended by Alexander Cunningham.