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LUCRETIUS CARUS, Titus (c.95--55 B.C.)
[De rerum natura. English. Creech. 1714]
T. Lucretius Carus, of the nature of things, in six books, translated into English verse; by Tho. Creech, A.M. ... In two volumes. Explain'd and illustrated with notes and animadversions; being a compleat system of the Epicurean philosophy.
London: printed by J. Matthews for G. Sawbridge; and sold by J. Churchill and W. Taylor; J. Wyat, and R. Knaplock; R. Parker, G. Strahan, and J. Phillips; B. Tooke and R. Goslin; J. Brown; J. Tonson; W. Lewis; J. Harding; and J. Graves, 1714.
2 vols ; 29.6 cm. (8º)
I: [72], 420 p., engr. frontis.
II: [8], 421--822, [34] p.

Thomas Creech's translation of Lucretius first appeared in 1682. Following his death in 1700, the text was expanded and '... the verses in the text which Mr. Creech had left untranslated are supplied, and many new notes added, by another hand' (Lowndes, 1411). Volume II has separate, dated title-page with imprint 'Printed by John Matthews, for George Sawbridge'. Pagination and register are continuous. Volume I title-page ornament: Minerva Londinensis. In another issue, the title-page is in a different set of type and the ornament is a bowl of flowers. Pages 244--245 are misnumbered 144--145. ESTC t49794.

Copy Notes Imperfect; wanting the vol. I frontispiece. Bought from Thomas Boone for 5s., 9 June 1804. (Priv. Corr. XVI.E.1.4). With Boone's price and codes on vol. I. front pastedown.

Binding C18th sprinkled calf, gilt double-ruled borders and spines, gilt-tooled spine ornaments, brown spine-labels.

Reference Number 3921


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