Teocrito, Mosco, Bione, Simmia Greco-latini Con La Buccolica Di Virgilio Latino-greca Volgarizzati,
Dalla Stamperia Reale.
TWO VOLUMES. 4to. 8.75 x 11.5 inches. Tomo Primo,  + xxiv + 403 +  pp. + 160 pp. Separate pagination and half title for Annotazioni but register is continuous.; Tomus Secondo,  + 245 +  + 124 pp. + 144 pp. Separate pagination and half titles for Annotazioni and Poesie Buccoliche, register continuous. Greek text with parallel Latin and translations for poems; other text and editor's poems in Italian. Bound in red straight grained crushed morocco with elaborately decorated borders; spines in compartments decorated gilt. Inner dentelles. All edges gilt. A little wear to extremities, but otherwise a fine clean set. Armourial bookplates of the Duke of Sussex with manuscript numerals below. Loosely inserted 2 manuscript pages of notes in Greek and English in a contemporary hand, possibly that of the Duke himself. Decorated by head and tailpiece vignettes, by initials and by publisher's devices on title pages. A fine edition of Theocritus and other ancient Greek and Latin bucolic, or pastoral, poets, in Greek, Latin and Italian. The first volume contains the text of the Idylls, Epigrams and Fragments of Theocritus of Syracuse (c. 300-after 260 BC), creator of Greek pastoral poetry. The second volume prints the works of two other Greek bucolics often included in editions of Theocritus: Bion of Smyrna (fl. c. 100 BC) and Moschus of Syracuse (fl. 150 BC). The poems of Simias of Rhodes (fl. before 300 BC) are notable in being carmen figurata, poems that have a shape formed by the words (here wings, egg, axe, syrinx or pan pipes and altar). These are followed by Virgil's Bucolica. Both volumes include extensive notes by the editor and translator, Giuseppe Maria, or Luca Antonio Pagnini (1737-1814),writing under the pseudonym Eritisco Pilenejo, Carmelite scholar, born in Pistoia who held academic posts in Greek and Latin letters at Parma and Pisa. His Italian bucolic poems are included at the end of the second volume. The work is beautifully printed to a very high standard with wide margins, by Giambattista Bodoni (1740-1813), the world famous Italian printer and typographer, who came to Parma in 1768 to set up the new royal press. This sumptuously bound copy is from the Kensington Palace library of Prince Augustus Frederick, Duke of Sussex (1773-1840), 6th son of George III, a scholar who also held office as Presidents of the Society of Arts and of the Royal Society. Its acquisition may date to before 1801 after which the Duke used a simpler modified version of the royal arms without the additional Latin motto below. 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.
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