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VIRGIL
[Works. 1712]
P. Virgilii Maronis Opera interpretatione et notis illustravit Carolus Ruæus, Soc. Jesu, jussu christianissimi Regi, ad usum serenissimi Delphini. Juxta editionem novissimam Parisiensem.
Londini apud J. Tonson, A. & J. Churchill, J. Nicholson, J. Sprint, T. Childe, R. Knaplock, B. Tooke, & D. Midwinter, 1712.
[24], 610, [158] p., add. engr. t.-pl., [3] pl., [1] fold map ; 19.5 cm. (8º)

Charles La Rue's Virgil first appeared in 1675, thereafter in 1682, 1687 and 1699. Includes: 'Vita: Incerto Auctore, Quem aliqui Donatum falso putant', 'P. Virgilii Maronis Historia Descripta per Consules, a Carolo Ruæo S.J.' and 'Index Vocabulorum'. Added engraved title-page by Vander Gucht as frontispiece. Title-page printed in red and black. According to ESTC, not a reissue of 1707 ed. ESTC t139777.

Copy Notes Imperfect; wanting the map. Top of frontispiece excised as if to remove an earlier ownership signature. Inscribed in ink on recto of frontispiece John Soane 1770 (the 'e' added later) with other pencil inscriptions including calculations of age: 1803 over 1712 [to equal] 91 and 1803 over 1770 [to equal] 33 as if the book were being at that point taken up by one of Soane's sons; the same hand has pencilled the date Novr. 28th: 1803 at the end of the main text on p. 610. Extensive annotations in ink, in an earlier hand. One of Soane's earliest literary possessions, along with an Ovid acquired in 1769 (q.v.).

Binding C18th Cambridge-style blind-panelled calf.

Reference Number 3929


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