Book Description

2 vols. in 1. 4to., pp. [xxiv], 356, [ii], 357-717, [i], 239, [i] + additional engraved title page. Title in red and black with engraved vignette, large engraved headpiece to first page of Dedication. Occasional smudgy marks, a little light dampstaining near gutter, a few leaves lightly toned. Contemporary marbled calf, spine gilt with label, gilt frame and border, central gilt coat of arms of Dokkum. Spine a bit creased, joints rubbed, endcaps and corners slightly worn, still very good overall.
Dealer Notes
The third full Bentley edition (an abridged third edition in 8vo. was produced in Cambridge, 1713), this is an almost exact reprint of the second (Amsterdam, 1713). The two Amsterdam editions are distinguished by having Bentley's editorial notes on the same page as the text, making them more useful to the scholar, and Dibdin and Brunet on this account preferred them to the Cambridge first.
“Rash and tasteless in many of its conjectures, marvellously acute in some others (Bentley’s Horace is) a signal proof of (his) learning, his ingenuity and his argumentative power” (R.C. Jebb in DNB). Bentley was thought for a long time the first Classical editor of the modern age. He was celebrated and reviled by his contemporaries, and the scholar Alexander Cunningham produced a whole edition of Horace specifically against Bentley’s in 1721.
Brunet III 818-819; Dibdin (4th edn.) II 101-105; Schweiger II 408; Spoelder 4.
Author [Horace] Horatius Flaccus, Quintus: (Bentley, Richard, ed.:)
Date 1728.
Publisher Amstelaedami [Amsterdam]: apud Rod. & Jacob. Wenstenios & Guil. Smith,

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