Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Nicolas G. Dufief, 9 January 1813

To Nicolas G. Dufief

Jan. 9. 13.

Dear Sir

I recieved last night your favor of the 4th with the Elzevir Livy, which, having your permission, I now return because I already possess that edition, and it is too small in it’s type for my eyes. I possess also the 4to Delphin edition. but I dislike such cumbersome volumes. having a desire to give Livy a reading at this time, I wished a handy edition and of a type suited to a Septagenary. Maittaire’s is the best for my purpose, being of a good print, in 6. vols 12mo. there may be others perhaps equally suitable. such an edition I will thankfully recieve from you. accept the assurances of my esteem & respect.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (DLC); at foot of text: “Mr Dufief”; endorsed by TJ. For the enclosed book, see note to Dufief to TJ, 4 Jan. 1813.

TJ owned the first delphin edition of Titi Livii Patavini Historiarum Libri qui extant, 5 vols. (Paris, 1679–80; Sowerby, description begins E. Millicent Sowerby, comp., Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson, 1952–59, 5 vols. description ends no. 52).

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