4to. 8 x 9.75 inches.  + 310 pp. +  + 460 pp. Some mispaginations are noted in ESTC. Separate title page, pagination and register for Notæ et Emendationes. Text of Notæ in double columns. Text in Latin. Illustrated by additional title page, dated 1708. Decorated by title page devices. Bound in contemporary calf, gilt, with decorative gilt borders to boards; spine in compartments with raised bands, decorated gilt. Marbled endpapers. Some age wear to extremities,
The first book includes the works of Horace in the following order: Four books of Carminum (Odes), Epodon (Epodes), Carmen sæculare (Song of the Ages), two books of Sermonum, two books of the Epistolarum and the Ars poetica. The second book consists of notes and emendations by Bentley. Quintus Horatius Flaccus (65 BC-8 BC) fought on the losing side at Philippi, but was later reconciled with Augustus and settled on an estate at Tivoli. He is considered to be one of the greatest Latin poets. Richard Bentley (1662-1742), the Master of Trinity College, 1700-42, was one of the greatest English classical scholars: ‘although he has here restricted himself entirely to criticism of the text, and refrained from comment or explanation, in fact his feeling for Horace is revealed in the seven or eight hundred emendations, many of which have found permanent acceptance’ (Printing and the Mind of Man). In order to gain Crown approval in his dispute with the fellows of Trinity College, who were petitioning the college Visitor, the Bishop of Ely, to remove him from the Mastership, Bentley dedicated his Horace to Queen Anne’s chief minister. Robert Harley, 1st Earl of Oxford and Earl Mortimer (1661-1724) was Lord High Treasurer, 1711-14. (ESTC T46157; Printing and the Mind of Man, 178).
Author HORACE. BENTLEY, RICHARD,
Condition a very good clean crisp copy.