A complete set of unbound sheets of the last printing of the Pickering Horace. The Horace was originally printed by Pickering in 1820 as the first of his Diamond Classics, and are a landmark in the world of miniature books and printing. This set of sheets are a remarkable survival, giving insight into the printing and binding process. The sheets are quarter-sheet impressions, each sheet holding 8 front-and-back leaves (16 pages) of the text. The sheets have been folded into gathers, and left thus. The separately printed frontispiece engraving is included as an individual sheet. The whole is housed in a book-form leather case.
Vellum / parchment leaf with writing on both sides. The text is in Latin, in black, with occasional red letters. It includes sections of musical notation (5-line staff notation, square dots used for the notes). Recto with 12 full lines of text, 3 partial lines of text and one partial line of music, and one line of music. Verso with two lines of music, one partial line of music (out to side on left), and 12 lines of text.