Eric Chaim Kline, Bookseller

Eric Chaim Kline, Bookseller

The Works of Virgil: Containing His Pastorals Georgics, and Aeneis (Complete)

London: Printed for Jacob Tonson, 1698. Second edition. Hardcover. Folio. (2) 690pp., 102 plates, incl. frontispiece. Later green leather binding, extensive decorative gilt decor framing the covers, gilt lettering, tooling and ruling on spine. Gilt edges and dentelles. Frontispiece engraving. Title page printed in red and black with black double framing. Dedicated to Hugh Lord Clifford. Engravings by W. Hollar after Francis Cleyn's artwork. This second edition was published one year after the first, emphazising the popularity of this important book, It was conceived, created and circulated by John Dryden and the publisher Jacob Tonson.

Illustrated with one hundred and one full page copperplate engravings. With postscript to the reader and notes and observations on Virgil's works in English at rear. Some scuffing along foredges and front joint, minor at rear joint, and light scuffing and rubbed in center gilt framing. Lightly starting at inside front cover. Light offsetting from title page to frontispiece. Light, sporadic damp-staining in block. Small circular sticker on inside back cover. Very good condition. Item #52732

Born in Cisalpine, Gaul, Virgil (Publius Vergillius Maro, 70-19 BCE) published his first collection of poems, Eclogues, around 38 BCE, and the Georgics in 29 BCE. Both titles, illustrating the greatness of the Roman Empire, were widely read due to "the technical perfection of his verse" (Oxford Companion to Classical Literature), after Virgil had become part of the poetic circle around Maecena, giving Virgil accress to Octavian, the future emperor Augustus.

Musing the idyllic life of shepards in northern Italy in the Pastorals, meditating on the nature of agriculture in the Georgics, and, in his great epic the Aneid, following in the tradition of Homer. While the Pastorals were still likened to the poetry of other poets, the Georgics were considered unprecedented. The inscriptions on Virgils tombstone "cesini pascua rura duces" (I sang of farms, fields, and heroes), captures the scope of these three works. Dryden's translation triggered a surge in popularity of the works of Virgil among English speaking people.

Price: $2,750.00

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