RDS Library & Archives

Virgil.

P. Virgilii Maronis opera : ex antiquis monimentis illustrata cura, studio, et sumptibus Henrici Justice, Armigeri, Rufforthii Toparchæ. - [Hague : s.n., 1757-65.] - 2v. : ill., map, ports. ; 24 cm. (8°)

Title vignettes, head- and tail-pieces, and historiated initials by G.M. Pitteri after Fidance and C.F. de La Traverse. Vol V. index by Christoph Saxius. Vol. V has imprint "aere & sumtibus Guilielmi Iustice, Henr.F." and William Justice's dedication to Catherine II the Great of Russia, dated The Hague, 1765. Parts of the book published posthumously, Justice is thought to have died in the Hague in 1763, "Henry Justice, a Cambridge book thief", Cambridge Bibliographical Society transactions, 1952 (p.357) Re-issued in Brussells by J.L. De Boubers [1800.] The two volumes are most likely to have been printed in Holland between 1757 and 1765 however, Bibliotheca Parrianna: A catalogue of the library of the late reverend and learned Samuel Parr, (London: John Bohn, 1825) states; 'This book was printed in Italy, to which country the editor retired, when he had been prosecuted by the University of Cambridge for stealing books [1736], and his sentence had been changed from transportation to exile for life. He had been a member of Trinity College; he had a good fortune; he had been a magistrate in Suffolk; and with little chance of detection in a foreign land, he described himself as a Toparch and a squire."

Very fine contemporary Irish binding. Full calf vari-coloured speckled boards, with band of chocolate morrocco inlay and spotted calf panel to centre. Gold tooling to central panel with floral and star motifs to corners. Floral scrolls on outer edge of panel borders. Double gold tooled thistle, acorn and floral-roll to outer board edges. Gold tooled inner board edges. Banded spine, six compartments with acorn and floral motifs. Brown morocco title label. Blue silk endpapers and pastedowns. Gilt edges.


Aeneas (Legendary character)--Poetry--Early works to 1800.


Agriculture--Poetry--Rome--Early works to 1800.
Country life--Poetry--Rome--Early works to 1800.
Epic poetry, Latin--Early works to 1800.
Latin poetry--Early works to 1800.
Pastoral poetry, Latin--Early works to 1800.

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