Record number 06/3541
Author Virgil, 70 B.C. - 19 B.C.
Uniform Title[Works. 1750.] Latin. 
TitlePublii Virgilii Maronis Bucolica, Georgica, Et Aeneis, Illustrata, ornata, et accuratissime impressa. Tom. I. (II.)
ImprintLondini: Impensis J. et P. Knapton, In Vico Ludgate, et Gul. Sandby, in Vico Fletano., MDCCL.
Physical Description2 vols.; 161 mm. (Octavo.)
Physical Description NoteVol. I: [56], 223, [1] p., pl. 1, 3-29: illus. (There is no pl.2; nor is one called-for in the 'Tabularum Explicatio'.) Most copies are catalogued as having an engraved dedication. - Vol. II: [2], 266 p., pl. 30-58: illus.
Content Format NoteVol. I: [Frontis. (= Pl.1), t.p.] - P. Virgilii Maronis Historia Descripta Per Consules, A Carolo Ruæo S.J. - Lectori Benevolo (by Emanuel a Schelstrate) - Tabularum Explicatio - [Text of Eclogues, Georgics, Aeneid I-IV, with pl.]. - Vol. II: [T.p.] - [Text of Aeneid V-XII, with pl.] - Lectiones Variantes; [colophon].
Summary NoteThe works of Virgil and other epic, dramatic and narrative texts were held in the Academicians's library as providing subjects suitable for historical painting. Virgil has always stimulated visual artists - from ancient manuscript-illuminators to 19th- and 20th-century book-illustrators such as Blake, Palmer, Dunoyer de Segonzac and Maillol. 'Faithful' representation of literary narrative has raised many questions - touched on by J. Spence in his Polymetis and by Lessing in his Laocoon.

The plates of this edition show ancient gems and other antiquities illustrating episodes in the poet's text.
Responsibility NoteFour pl. are unsigned; the rest are signed by engravers 'I.S.M.' (i.e. Johann Sebastian Müller) or C. Grignion; one is signed as made by J. Bonneau (pl. 17).

The title-page vignettes and the tailpiece of the Historia are signed as engraved by I.S.M.

The printer is named in the colophon of Vol. II: 'Typis Jacobi Bettenham.'
SubjectPastoral - Agriculture - Rome - Italy - Mythology, Roman - Mythology, Greek - Heroes
Latin poetry - Epics - Epic poetry - Narrative poetry - Italy - 1st century B.C.
Illustrated books - Pictorial works - Great Britain - 18th century
Name as Subject Aeneas (legendary character)
ReferencesESTC T139415
On the treatment of Virgil in art and on the relationship of poetry and art in the 17th and 18th centuries see the bibliographic note on The Works of Virgil ... Translated into English verse by Mr. Dryden (1697).
Copy NoteImperfect: wanting pl. 9, 12, 15, 58.
Binding Note18th-century white vellum; red morocco spine-labels lettered 'Virgilii Opera Tom. I. (II.)', spines lettered 'R.A.'
ProvenancePresented by the architect George Aitchison RA in 1901, along with a companion edition of the works of Horace (see 'Librarian's Report', RA Annual Report for 1901, pp. 38, 41).
Variant TitlePastorals
Georgics
Aeneid
Eclogues
Bucolics
Bucolica
Georgica
Aeneis
Contributors Knapton, John, 1696 - between 1767 and 1770, publisher
Knapton, Paul, ca. 1703 - 1755, publisher
Sandby, William, 1717 - 1799, publisher
Bettenham, James, 1683? - 1774, printer
Müller, Johann Sebastian, 1715 - 1792, engraver
Grignion, Charles, 1721 - 1810, engraver
Bonneau, Jacob, before 1741 - 1786, engraver
Ruaeus, Carolus, 1643 - 1725
Schelstrate, Emmanuel, 1649 - 1692, editor
Aitchison, George, R.A., 1825 - 1910, previous owner, donor
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