John Dryden The Works Of Virgil 1697 1st Ed Aeneis Aeneid 101 Plates Hollar Nres For Sale

OFFERED WITH is a very rare 1697 FIRST EDITION OF JOHN DRYDEN’S TRANSLATION OF THE WORKS OF VIRGIL, INCLUDING THE COMPLETE AENEID, ONE OF THE MASTERWORKS OF ENGLISH POETRY AND ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL PRODUCTIONS OF A LITERARY WORK IN ENGLISH printed in large folio at London in 1697, ADORNED WITH A FRONTISPIECE AND 101 FURTHER FULL-PAGE PLATES BY VAN DER GUCHT, HOLLAR, CLEYN AND LOMBART, bound attractively in 20th century vellum and complete in all respects. The volume may be referenced as Wing V616A, MacDonald 33A, and by ESTC online system number 006128533.

 

A RARE AND BEAUTIFUL FIRST EDITION OF DRYDEN’S VIRGIL, PRINTED AT LONDON IN 1697 AND ADORNED WITH 101 FULL-PAGE PLATES PLUS THE ENGRAVED FRONTISPIECE – THE DEFINITIVE ENGLISH VIRGIL, ONE OF THE GREATEST WORKS OF POETRY IN ENGLISH, AND ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL PRODUCTIONS OF A LITERARY WORK IN ENGLISH.

 

The full title reads as follows:

 

“The Works of Virgil: Containing His Pastorals, Georgics, and Aeneis. / Translated into English Verse; By Mr. Dryden. / Adorn’d with a Hundred Sculptures. / Sequiturque Patrem non passibus Aequis. Virg. Aen. 2. / London, / Printed for Jacob Tonson, at the Judges-Head in Fleetstreet, near the Inner-Temple-Gate, MDCXCVII [1697].”

 

Publius Virgilius Maro, who flourished during the reign of Augustus Caesar, was indisputably the greatest of the Latin poets, and his Aeneid the greatest of Latin poems. Traditionally, Virgil has been the only worthy peer of Homer amongst ancient poets. The complete works of Virgil, in the original Latin, are present in this beautifully-printed edition. They comprise the ‘Georgics,’ ‘Bucolics’ (or ‘Eclogues’), and the great ‘Aeneid,’ the single finest work of Latin literature, telling the story of the exodus from Troy and the founding of Rome.

 

Dryden’s translation of Virgil was acknowledged by his contemporaries as a masterwork, and has retained that status across the centuries since; it is the definitive English Virgil. Pope, Swift and Johnson were of one voice in their praise of Dryden’s effort.

 

The volume is, in itself, one of the most impressive productions of an English poetical work ever published. It contains 101 stunning full-page plates, including the engraved title, most of which were updated from the Ogilby edition of 1654 (humorously, the updating included making the depictions of Aeneas look less like Charles II and more like William III). The plates are after designs by Hollar, Van der Gucht, Cleyn and Lombart, and constitute Francis Cleyn’s most important contribution to book illustration. Dryden’s Virgil, therefore, is all that one could hope for in an English edition of the greatest Roman poet: it combines the finest suite of illustrations to accompany a post-Renaissance Virgil, with the finest translation of Virgil in English (an extraordinary improvement over Ogilby’s pedestrian rhymes).

 

The volume is complete in all respects and comprises 640 numbered pages, plus the title, preliminaries and plates; it collates [ ]2, A2, *4, **4, ***2, ****2, *****2, +2, ++2 x1, B-G4, [P]4, [PP]2, H-T4, U2; (a)-(f)4, Aa-Zz4, Aaa-Zzz4, Aaaa-Ffff4, Gggg2, Hhhh-Iiii4, Kkkk2. The volume measures 36.5 cm by 23.5 cm by 9 cm; each leaf measures 355 mm by 225 mm.

 

The volume is in about excellent condition internally, with clean pages, clear print and wide margins throughout. The plates are excellent impressions throughout. The leaves show mild to moderate occasional browning; this is owing to the paper used by the printer and is a difficulty in almost all copies of the first edition. The margins of the frontispiece page are a little frayed, not affecting the image.

 

The volume is bound in 20th century full vellum, with a red morocco spine label. The binding is in excellent condition with strong hinges and a strong book-block. The boards are slightly bowed, as is nearly ubiquitous with vellum bindings. PLEASE CONSULT THE PHOTOS BELOW IN ORDER TO GAIN THE BEST POSSIBLE UNDERSTANDING OF THE VOLUME’S CONDITION.

 

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