L Annaei Senecae Philosophi Opera Omnia. By Seneca the Younger. First Elzevir Edition. Volume One Only. House Elzevir. Lugdun Batavor, 1640.

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Lucius Annaeus Seneca was a Roman philosopher, statesman, and dramatist. His essays are considered foundational texts for stoic philosophy. His dramas, especially Medea and Phaedra, are classic tragedies that helped to shape Western literature for two millenia. Seneca was also the tutor of Nero, but unfortunately this connection led to Seneca’s demise. Nero accused him of being part of the Pisonian Conspiracy, an assassination plot that was suppressed in 65 AD. This led to Seneca’s suicide by order of the emperor. Yet his dramas and philosophies have lived on, with endlessly quotable passages and remarkable insights. This true antiquarian edition in Latin, the title of which loosely translates to “The Philosophical Works of Seneca”, is a highly sought after Elzevir volume, containing many of Seneca’s essays. The House Elzevir were an important family of printers and booksellers during the Dutch Golden Age, known especially for their duodecimo editions. They published Seneca’s works three times. This volume is the earliest.

This 1640 Elzevir edition is in very good condition. In full vellum, tightly bound, only dampstaining to front flap and very minor cracks to front joint. Title on spine faded. Text block near fine, only lacking rear free endpaper. With original engravings. Bookworm holes through several pages, but only in the margins, not affecting text. Volume one only, of three. Duodecimo.

A classic volume of Seneca’s works, published by the House Elzevir in 1640.

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L Annaei Senecae Philosophi Opera Omnia. By Seneca the Younger. First Elzevir Edition. Volume One Only. House Elzevir. Lugdun Batavor, 1640.

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Weight 5 lbs
Dimensions 12 × 9 × 5 in