Title: Philosophi Opera omnia et rhetoris quæ exstant (3 vols, complete)
Author: Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Publisher: Elzevirios (Elzevier) Amsterdam, 1659. The famous second Elzevier edition – very, very rare.
Condition: Hardcover, vellum, small volumes, in excellent condition for their age. Interior is bright, tihgtly bound. A bit of rubbing on bards. Blank flypage on vol 1 slightly loose, otherwise the interior looks undisturbed and unread.
All text is in the original Latin.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca (often known simply as Seneca; ca. 4 BC – AD 65) was a Roman Stoic philosopher, statesman, dramatist, and in one work humorist, of the Silver Age of Latin literature. He was tutor and later advisor to emperor Nero. While he was later forced to commit suicide for alleged complicity in the Pisonian conspiracy to assassinate Nero, the last of the Julio-Claudian emperors, he may have been innocent.
Seneca has been tremendously influential as a moral and political philosopher over the past 2000 years.
About The House of Elzevier (from wikipedia):
Elzevir is the name of a celebrated family of Dutch booksellers, publishers, and printers of the 17th and early 18th centuries. The duodecimo series of “Elzevirs” became very famous and very desirable among bibliophiles, who sought to obtain the tallest and freshest copies of these tiny books.
Although it appears the family was involved with the book trade as early as the 16th century, it is only known for its work in some detail beginning with Lodewijk Elzevir (also called Louis). The family ceased printing in 1712, but a contemporary publisher Elsevier takes its name from this early modern business.