WORKS OF VIRGIL CONTAINING HIS PASTORALS, GEORGICS AND AENEIS, Translated into English verse by Mr. Dryden
WORKS OF VIRGIL CONTAINING HIS PASTORALS, GEORGICS AND AENEIS, Translated into English verse by Mr. Dryden

WORKS OF VIRGIL CONTAINING HIS PASTORALS, GEORGICS AND AENEIS, Translated into English verse by Mr. Dryden

(London: Jacob Tonson, 1697).

FIRST EDITION, BEAUTIFULLY AND PROFUSELY ILLUSTRATED WITH FINE COPPERPLATE ENGRAVINGS AND An exquisitely printed work ACCOMPLISHED BY JACOB TONSON, ONE OF THE GREATEST PRINTERS AND PUBLISHERS OF THE TIME. The quality of the engraving work is absolutely superb and the setting of the type of the very highest quality. Having this book in one’s hands makes one reflect upon how wonderful a folio edition of Shakespeare might have been had Tonson ever undertaken the task.
Dryden’s translation, won much acclaim and in fact would remain the standard for generations. It has been recognised as one of the great achievements in English literature (see Caldwell, TIME TO BEGIN ANEW: DRYDEN’S GEORGICS AND AENEIS (Bucknell UP, 2000). The illustrations engraved by Hollar and Lombart may be referenced along with much other material on Hollar in Hodnett’s classic work: FIVE CENTURIES OF ENGLISH BOOK ILLUSTRATION, pp. 59-63. Exquisite artworks to accompany a cornerstone translation of one of the great classical oeuvres.
This copy comes from the holdings of Edmund Poley of Badley. Poley’s family had been in Suffolk since the end of the 14th century, and represented Suffolk constituencies since 1554. Poley's family were Royalists during the Civil War and fought in the King’s army. Item #29816

First Edition. A copy with pleasing provenance, this being the copy owned by Edmund Poley of Badley, the plate and coat-of-arms dated 1707. With a finely engraved title-page and sculptural frontispiece and 101 additional and very beautiful full page copper engraved plates. Title-page printed in red and black. Folio in fours, (350 x 220mm.), a nice large copy with substantial borders., handsomely bound in contemporary paneled calf with borders in blind on the upper and lower covers, the spine with raised bands, richly gilt in the compartments with the panels tooled elaborately gilt tooled and bordered, red morocco lettering label gilt, original endleaves, a fine large coat-of-arms to the front pastedown. [44]; 640 pp. A handsome and well preserved copy, solid and sound with the paper occasionally toned or mellowed by time as is typical with the paper used by Tonson for the printing of the book. This copy is unpressed and unwashed. The back was sometime refurbished and restored expertly and sympathetically, some sophisticated work accomplished to the binding. This is a substantial copy and a fine survival of a highly esteemed work, profusely illustrated and beautifully printed.

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