by STATIUS, Publius Papinius (circa 40-96 AD); Joannes Fredericus GRONOVIUS [Johann Friedrich GRONOVIUS], (1611-1671).
Ludovici Elzevirii,: Sumptibus Societatis, 1653.. Small 8vo. 11 cm. 8vo. [viii], 424 pp. Collation: [*]?, A-2C?, 2D?. Engraved title, head and tail pieces; occasional mini manuscript verse numbers along some margins, title verso reinforced with Kozo at gutter. Original beige/brown marbled paper over paper boards with plain paper manuscript spine label, all edges red; covers rubbed, neat Kozo paper repair to rear joint, rear free endpaper. Bookplate of Hartford Seminary Foundation. Title with the ink initials of C. S. Very good. Rare. Collection of the poetic writings by the Roman poet Statius, who was highly regarded in his time and through the Middle Ages. The work is edited and annotated by Johann Friedrich Gronovius, known as a German classical scholar, but whose position was dominant and perhaps due to the declining interest of Statius the work went unchallenged for about two hundred years. Berlincourt calls the work pondus non magnum whereas Willems calls it édition médiocre. A favorite of Emperor Domitian, he won the poetry prize at an annual festival under Domitians auspices His surviving works include two epics in the manner of Vergilthe Thebaid, on the Seven against Thebes, and the Achilleid (incomplete), on the early life of Achillesand the Silvae, a collection of poems, some displaying careful craftsmanship, others apparently hastily composed improvisations. The engraved title shows a battle scene from the Thebaid, the city of Thebes is in the background, the poet and a horse profile in the foreground, above hoovers an angel holding a scroll with the titles words. REFERENCES: The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th ed. 2012, Columbia University Press. Alphonse Willems, Les Elzevier: histoire et annales typographiques, 1880, 1166 (p. 294); Bergman 2139; Rahir, Édouard 1189; Copinger 4491; John Edwin Sandys, History of Classical Scholarship, vol. II, 1908; Schweiger 2,965; Dibdin 2,424; Fabricius/Ernesti 2,335; Moss 2,612; The Poetry of Statius, edited by Johannes Jacobus Louis Smolenaars, Harm-Jan Van Dam, Ruurd Robijn Nauta. Brill, 2008 [Berlincourt is a contributor]. Locations: British Library, Cambridge, Kings College London, Oxford, Victoria & Albert Libraries. (Inventory #: LV2164)
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