Declaration Signer Robert Treat Paine’s Signed Cicero
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With the Republic ended after Caesar’s death and the Senate abolished, Cicero wrote what he considered to be his masterpiece—a work on ethics that emulated Greek philosophers as Romans had little native-grown philosophy. Among its most important elements is the “Treatise on Moral Duties,” written as a letter to Cicero’s then-twenty-one-year-old son who was in university studies. In addition to being signed by Massachusetts Declaration of Independence Signer Robert Treat Paine on the title, it is countersigned by his son Charles Jackson Paine on the front pastedown. Charles dated his signature 1843, which placed him at 10 years of age, no doubt making this an instructional volume. Charles went on to become a railroad magnate, Civil War general and famous sportsman, perhaps by incorporating Cicero’s practical application of ethics in his ventures.
In a thick paper folded school-type cover that appears to be contemporaneous with the CJ Paine signature. [ROBERT TREAT PAINE].
Signed Book. Cicero’s M. Tullii Ciceronis de Officiis Libri Tres
, Henricum Wetstenium, Amsterdam, 1691. 4¼ x 6½ in. Hardcover Binding (Full Leather). Octavo (8vo). Also signed by his son Charles Jackson Paine.
Very Good. Endpapers browned, text has scattered foxing, but mostly clean. Full early calf modest wear at the corners, rubbing and few surface marks and a small drip of wax or paint, inner joint cracked. Scattered browning but mostly quite clean internally.