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Author: [Virgil] Vergilius Maro, Publius: (Burmann, P., ed.)

Title: Bucolica, Georgica, et Aeneis.

Publication: Glasguae [Glasgow]: in Aedibus Academicis Excudebant Robertus et Andreas Foulis Academiae Typographi 1758.

Description: 8vo., pp. [viii], 397, [iii]. Impressively clean within. Deep red morocco, gilt spine with black label, a.e.g., very attractive Dutch gilt endpapers. Half of spine label lost, bit rubbed, spine and board edges slightly darkened, some light scuffs and scrapes to boards with a few re-coloured chips to edges, the remains of some erased pencil notes to the blanks preceding the title-page. A very good copy in a handsome binding. An inscription in blue ink to the preliminary blank: 'Bought by Arthur Lloyd Baker 1952 & given by him in 1958 to Mary Paterson to encourage her to watch cricket.' A photograph of Colonel Lloyd-Baker (1883-1979) is loosely inserted. Also in Lloyd-Baker's handwriting some pencil notes to the title-page, and later a note regarding the dedication to Philip, Count Hardwicke. Lloyd-Baker lived at Hardwicke Court in Gloucestershire and this connection was presumably his reason for buying the book. Also to the title-page, inscription of the Duke of Grafton dated 1786. This would be Augustus Henry FitzRoy, 3rd Duke of Grafton, (1735-1811), styled Earl of Euston between 1747 and 1757. He was a politician and one of a very small number of dukes to have served as Prime Minister (1768-1770). An old catalogue description of this copy loosely inserted.

The first few unpaginated leaves tend to appear in a variable order. In this copy we find the title-page, the blank leaf, the dedication and then the leaf titled 'Quintilianus, Lib. X'. Dibdin cites Harwood's opinion of this edition as 'very correct and beautiful'. Foulis' folio edition followed in 1788.

Bibliography: ESTC T139215; Gaskell 360; Dibdin II (4th ed.) 558

Reference Number: [52033]

Price: £275


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