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The Works of Virgil

Containing His Pastorals, Georgics and Aeneis

Translated into English Verse

By Virgil, Mr [John] Dryden (Translator)

1709 - London - Jacob Tonson

8" by 5"; [2], 210; [2], 213-545pp; [3], 549-857pp

 

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John Dryden's translation of Virgil's poetical works.

The third edition of this popular translation.

From the antiquarian library of Christopher Rowe. Christopher Rowe was a schoolmaster in Norwich and then in Bristol. Throughout his career he inspired many to love literature, history and music. He was a specialist on 17th century printer and bookseller, Humphrey Moseley and began his, unfortunately unfinished, PhD dissertation on him.

With thirty-three plates to volume I, forty plates to volume II and thirty three plates to volume III.

Collated, collation only available for volumes I and III, though as plates are numbered in continuation across all volumes can be assumed volume II is also therefore complete. All volumes are complete.

John Dryden's translation of Virgil was a national event. It brought Dryden the hefty sum of 1,400 and was first published by subscription in 1697.

Although popular at its time of release, Dryden's translation of Virgil's poetry received some criticism, particularly from Wordsworth. Wordsworth complained that Dryden's descriptions of natural objects were inferior in comparison to the original Latin.

Virgil was an ancient Roman poet of the Augustan period. He wrote three of the most famous poems in Latin literature, the Eclogues, Georgics and his epic Aeneid, all of which are translated into English in these three volumes.

CONDITION

In full calf bindings with blind stamped detailing to boards.  Externally, worn. Heavy rubbing to the spines and joints of volumes I and III. Patches of slight rubbing to the extremities and small patches of rubbing to boards. Spine labels are lifting to volumes I and III. Rear hinge and joint to volume I has failed resulting in the detached board. Crack to front board of volume I with the hinge tender. Evidence of prior joint repair to volumes I and III with original backstrips preserved. Front joint and hinge to volume III are weak and held by one cord only resulting in the first few pages, including title page to loosen and detach. Volume II has been rebacked entirely with the original boards preserved. Blind stamp to recto of front endpaper to all volumes, birbeck library college.  Internally, all volumes are generally firmly bound. Pages are slightly age toned with instances of light scattered spots throughout. Small worming hole from page 341-368 to outer margin, not affecting text. Light pencil notations to page 708 to volume III not affecting text.  Overall: GOOD ONLY due to binding.


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