Record number 06/3064
Author Horace, 65 B.C. - 8 B.C.
TitleQuinti Horatii Flacci Opera. Vol. I. (II.)
ImprintLondini:: Prostant apud Gul. Sandby in vico dicto Fleetstreet., MDCCXLIX.
Physical Description2 vols.; 161 mm. (Octavo.)
Physical Description NoteVol. I: [4], vi, [4], 156 p., 26 pl. (incl. frontis.) (In the Royal Academy's copy they are bound in in the order 1-5, 8, 6, 7, 9-16, 20, 21, 23, 24, 22, 25, 19, 17, 26, 18.) - Vol. II: [2], 157-396 p., pl. 27-35.
Content Format NoteVol. I: [Frontis. (= pl.1), t.p., dedic.] - Q. Horatii Flacci Vita A Suetonio Tranquillo conscripta - Lectori Benevolo - Horatius Signis, Picturis et Numismatibus Illustratus [i.e. list of plates] - [Text with plates]. - Vol. II: [T.p.] - [text with pl.] - Variantes Lectiones - Conjecturae; [colophon].
Summary NoteHorace's poems, lyric, satiric or didactic, never provided as much stimulus to visual artists as the narrative poems of Ovid and Vergil; but a number of the Odes engage with heroic themes.

In this edition the first volume contains the Odes, Epodes and Carmen Saeculare; the second, the Satires, Epistles and De Arte Poetica. The last work includes the much quoted expression, 'ut pictura poesis' (poetry is as painting), which has been taken up as the basis of various theories of visual art.

The plates illustrate details in Horace's poems. They are described in the list of plates, 'Horatii Signis ... Illustratus', which also indicates their sources - coins, gems, illustrations in earlier books, etc.
Responsibility NoteTwelve plates (6, 7, 10, 11, 14, 19, 21, 24, 27, 31, 34, 35) are signed as engraved by I.S.M(üller); the rest are unsigned.

The two title-page vignettes are signed as engraved by J.S. Müller.

The printer is named in the colophon of Vol. II: 'Typis Jacobi Bettenham. Aug. 10, 1749.'

The edition is dedicated by Gul. Sandby to George Prince of Wales [afterwards King George II].
SubjectSocial life and customs - Italy - Rome - History
Latin poetry - Italy - 1st century B.C.
Pictorial works - Illustrated books - Great Britain - 18th century
Name as Subject Horace, 65 B.C. - 8 B.C.
ReproductionsA microfilm version was published in 1989 (Woodbridge, CT: Research Publications).
ReferencesESTC N14776
ESTC T46228
Binding Note18th-century white vellum; red morocco spine-labels lettered 'Horatii Opera Tom. I (II)', spines lettered 'R.A.'
ProvenancePresented by the architect George Aitchison RA in 1901, together with a companion edition of Virgil (see 'Librarian's Report', RA Annual Report for 1901, p. 41).
Variant TitleOpera
Contributors Sandby, William, 1717 - 1799, bookseller
George II, King of Great Britain, 1683 - 1760, dedicatee
Bettenham, James, 1683? - 1774, printer
Müller, Johann Sebastian, 1715 - 1792, engraver
Aitchison, George, R.A., 1825 - 1910, previous owner, donor
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