CICERO ~ “Of Old Age” and “Of Friendship” (1481)


CICERO, Marcus Tullius. CAXTON, William. Here begynneth the prohemye upon the reducynge… [“Of Old Age” and “Of Friendship”]. Wesminster: William Caxton , 1481. $1,000,000 at Heritage Book Shop

I was searching for a fine vintage book to pay homage to Cicero, the one who’s wise words grace this blog’s banner — “A room without books is like a body without a soul” — and boy did I find one. This 1481 piece of vintage literature artwork lies in wait with a million dollar price tag. Hey, a girl can dream!

You can find the story behind this tome at the Heritage Book Shop. And if the fine goatskin cover with metal clasps doesn’t wow you, take a look inside at the beautifully ornate text gracing two of Cicero’s finest works:

Complex and ornate Flemish lettre batarde

Complex and ornate Flemish lettre batarde

If ownership is out of your price range (ahem), but you wish to read Cicero’s great philosophical works (admittedly I’m a fan), they are in the public domain and you may find many of them here.

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3 Responses to CICERO ~ “Of Old Age” and “Of Friendship” (1481)

  1. YunitaGena says:

    wow, quite classy taste. nice 🙂

    • moore314 says:

      Thanks for stopping by Yuna and leaving a comment on my very first post! I’ll be sure to drop by your “place” 🙂

      • YunitaGena says:

        ooo, welcome to the club then. i just blog walking about book and came to your place. your post attracted my eyes then.
        hope you enjoy blogging like me, i’m new kid on the block too, but i find this is interesting. i never skipped a day to open my blog even i didn’t post something.
        Good luck! 🙂

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