£800.00

Publisher

Sumptibus Jacobi Westenii.

Place

Amstelaedami

Date

1746

Item Description

FOUR VOLUMES. 4to. 8.25 x 10 inches. Tomus I, [64] + lxxxii + 519 + [1] pp.; Tomus II, [4] + 706 pp.; Tomus III, [4] + 706 pp.; Tomus IV, [4] + 358 + [2] + [376] pp. indexes (Index Erythraei virgiliano operi...ab Antonio Maria Basso and Index Absolutissimus in Mauri Servii Honorati Commentarios in Virgilium). Notes in double columns below main text. Title pages in red and black. Text in Latin. Bound in contemporary panelled vellum, spine in compartments with decorated raised bands with manuscript title labels. Light age related wear to extremities and occasional spotting inside; otherwise a very good crisp set. Armourial bookplates of Chas. Willm. Bigge, Linden. Illustrated by frontispiece, by Louis Fabricius Dubourg 1692-1775), engraved by Pieter Tanj? (1706-61), facsimile by N. V. Frankendaal, folding map and 14 half page engravings after Dubourg by Tanj? and Jacob Folkema (1692-1767), by engraved title page vignettes of publisher's device, head and tailpiece vignettes, and by initials. The four volumes reprint the three major works of Publius Vergilius Maro (70BC-19BC), the classical Roman poet, the Eclogues, celebrating Arcadia as the source of the poetic ideal), the Georgics (concerning farming) and the Aeneid, which relates the journey of Aeneas to fulfil his destiny in Rome, providing a Roman equivalent to Homer's Iliad and Odyssey. Volume I contains the preface, introductory material, including the life of Virgil, the Eclogues and Georgics; Volumes II and III the Aeneid, which is concluded in Volume IV, followed by Culex, Ciris and Catalecta, with the two lengthy indexes. This famous Amsterdam edition of 1746 was edited by the Dutch classical scholar, Pieter Burman, the Elder (1668-1741) and completed by his nephew, Pieter Burman, the Younger (1713-78). It is based on the work of many previous editors and commentators, including Nicolaas Heinsius (1620-81), Nicolaus Erythraeus (active C16) and the fourth century commentator, Servius. Fine vellum bindings with beautiful copperplates by a Dutch artist and engravers. Set from the library of Charles William Bigge (1773-1849), merchant and banker of Newcastle upon Tyne, who was educated at Westminster and Oxford, studied law, served in the militia and made a continental tour from 1800. He had Linden Hall, Longhorsley, Northumberland, built in 1812. THIS IS A LARGE AND HEAVY SET WHICH WILL INCUR SHIPPING COSTS ABOVE THE DEFAULT RATE QUOTED BY ABE. PLEASE CONTACT US DIRECTLY IF YOU WOULD LIKE A QUOTATION FOR POSTAGE BEFORE ORDERING.

[Stock No. 26126]

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