Virgil: (Heinsius, Nicolaas; Burman, Pieter, the Elder; Burman, Pieter, the Younger; et al:)

Opera, cum integris & emendatioribus commentariis Servii, Philargyrii, Pierii [...]

Published: Amstelaedami [Amsterdam]: sumptibus Jacobi Wetstenii,

Date: 1746

4 vols., 4to., pp. [lxiv], LXXXII, 519, [i] + 1 plate; [iv], 706 + folding map; [iv], 707, [i]; [iv], 358, [ccclxxviii]. Additional engraved frontispiece to vol.I, signed: ‘L.F. D.B. inv.’ and ‘P. Tanjé sculp. 1744’. Half-title to each volume, title-pages in red and black with engraved printer’s device (motto: ‘Terar dum prosim’), woodcut initials, engraved head- and tail-pieces, some engraved illustrations in the text. Vol. II: small wax spot to p.73 affecting two words; short pencil note to p.599. Vol. III: Tiny notes in an old hand to p.34 and p.462; a little ink spotting to p.463 but not obscuring text; small ink blot to tail edge, just starting to bleed onto the lower margin from p.673 onwards. Contemporary vellum, titles inked to spines, raised bands, boards blindstamped, edges heavily sprinkled red. Light smudgy marks and a few small stains but a very good, attractive set. Bound uniformly with our stock number 51573, Hemsterhuis’ Lucian (1743).

Signature of E. Spencer to all volumes, dated 1861 to vol.III. To vols. I, II and IV two armorial bookplates each, the second (of Henry Spencer) obscuring the name on the first.

Dibdin (4th edn.) II 552-3

‘Of this celebrated edition, so well known to the classical world, it would be useless to present the reader with a formal account of the voluminous contents [...] Ernesti has highly extolled the edition, calling it “omnium principem et canonem Virgilii.” See his Fabr. B.L. t.i. 357; and Harles, Introd. Lit. Rom. t.ii. 315, which gives a slight but favourable sketch of its contents. It contains the entire amended commentaries of Servius, Philargyrius, and Pierius; with some notes of Fulvious Ursinus, George Fabricius, F. Nansius, Musinius, Tanaquil Faber, and especially of N. Heinsius, which latter are published for the first time: indexes and commentaries also accompany it.’ (Dibdin)


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