Title: The Works of Mr. John Dryden, Volume Two. Being his Translation of Virgil’s Pastorals, Georgics, and Aeneis, 1701
Author: John Dryden; Virgil
Publisher: London, Printed for Jacob Tonson
An early 18th century edition of the second of three volumes of the complete works of John Dryden, being his translation of Virgil’s Pastorals, Georgics, and Aeneid. An extremely early reprint of Dryden’s famous translations of Virgil's works, first completed in 1696, with the first illustrated edition being printed in 1697. This edition brings 100 of 101 beautiful full-page engravings by Wenceslaus Hollar from the 1697 imprint, each dedicated to a subscriber who donated for the privilege. Contained within is much of the same content, being a dedication to the Right Honorable Lord Clifford, a short biography on the life of Virgil, a preface, poems to Mr. Dryden, a list of the subscribers, the Pastorals, an Essay to the Georgics, the Georgics themselves, the Aeneis, or Aeneid, the postscript, and some notes and observations. One plate is lacking. The volume has been rebacked.
One finely bound volume in folio, (3)+690 pages
This volume is in good shape, with some rubbing and wear to the binding, with some leather lacking to the bottom right of the front cover and cracking to the front hinge. For some odd reason, the portion that would normally say “Volume Two” to the title page, is lacking, the empty space restored with a piece of paper added on. There is a small tear to the lower margin of text page 357. There is some scattered foxing throughout.