Finding a copy of the works of Cicero, even in Latin, is not the challenge or achievement it once might have been. Even venerable, “rare” copies are more accessible than ever. For example, large sets may be available free-of-charge online, such as the HathiTrust’s digitized copies (from Harvard University) of a set published in the 1740’s.
But sometimes particular volumes’ history make them more “rare” than others. Tom Camden, Head of Special Collections in Washington and Lee’s University Library, recently discovered the unique history of some volumes over 250 years old which makes them even more “Rare by Association.”