GratI Falisci Cynegeticon. Or, A Poem of Hunting By Gratius the Faliscian. Englished and Illustrated By Christopher Wase Gent
by GRATIUS - Christopher WISE, translator
London: Printed for Charles Adams, 1654. 12mo. Text in English and Latin. , 86pp. Modern calf Provenance: Joseph Aubry (signature on title dated 1654) First edition in English of a poem about hunting written by a contemporary of Virgil and Ovid. Christopher Wase (1625?-90), of King's College, Cambridge, was a scholar, translator and headmaster who served as a soldier on the continent during the early Interregnum and later became Printer to the University of Oxford. In 1654 he dedicated his translation of the Cynegeticon of Faliscus Gratius to his pupil Lord Herbert, son of the Earl of Pembroke. The volume includes a three-page commendatory poem by his friend Edmund Waller (beginning "Thus, by the music, we may know"), being the first appearance in print of that poem. Wase's commentary includes chapters on "the styles of hunting different from the English, both antique and forreigne" and "the modern authors who have written upon this subject." The first edition in Latin was published in Lyon by Sebastian Gryphius, in 1537. ESTC R1966; Wing G-1581; Schwerdt I, p. 217.
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