Cicero’s Cato major, or his Discourse of old-age …

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Creator

Cicero, M. T.

Title

Cicero’s Cato major, or his Discourse of old-age …

Publisher

Philadelphia: Printed and sold by B. Franklin,

Date

1744.

Description

Generally considered to be the finest specimen of printing produced at Benjamin Franklin’s press, this edition of Cicero’s Cato Major is also one of the first Latin classics to be translated and published in America. This copy originally belonged to Grolier member Robert Hoe, who added the engraved frontispiece portrait of Franklin and had the book bound in red crushed morocco. In 1876 Hoe presented the volume to typecasting magnate David Wolfe Bruce, with a note apologising for the fact that the book was no longer in its original binding.

Source

Gift of David Wolfe Bruce, 1894.