By John Barclay
“Argenis,” a timeless literary masterpiece penned by the renowned Scottish author John Barclay is a beacon of classical eloquence and intellectual prowess. Printed in the historic city of Leiden in 1627, this antique book is a testament to the enduring allure of Baroque literature.
Within the pages of “Argenis”, Barclay weaves an intricate tapestry of political intrigue, romance, and philosophical contemplation. The typography, characteristic of early 17th-century printing, reveals the craftsmanship of a bygone era. The meticulous attention to detail in each letter and the occasional ornamental flourish speak to the dedication of the artisans who brought this literary treasure to life. The paper, bearing the delicate imprints of age, adds a tactile dimension to the reading experience, connecting present-day readers with the hands that turned these pages centuries ago.
This antique edition of “Argenis” is not merely a book but a tangible link to the intellectual heritage of the past—a testament to the enduring power of literature to captivate, educate, and inspire across generations. As it graces the shelves of collectors and connoisseurs, this Leiden-printed treasure serves as a living testament to the enduring legacy of John Barclay’s literary genius.
Leiden, Ex Officina Elzeviriana, 1627.
Pp.: Engraved title page (xii), 791 pp. (xi)
Size: 13 x 8 cm
Binding: Fine late 17th or early 18th-century vellum binding with gilded spine cover. The binding shows signs of aging and some minor damage on the panels, with a sticker on the front panel. The corners are bumped, but in general, the binding is tight and very well preserved. There are also some minor stains and some signs of wear along the edges (see pictures).
Condition: Flyleaf inscribed and damaged. Ink stains on the title page. Tears on the title page and pp I-IV. The copy itself is in excellent condition despite its age, clean with some minor occasional stains.
For more detailed conditions of the book, please see photos. DHL courier shipping is included.
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