Large Paper Copy
LUCANUS. ROWE, Nicholas. Lucan's Pharsalia. Translated inton English Verse by Nicholas Rowe, Esq; Servant to His Majesty. London: Jacob Tonson , 1718.
Large paper copy. In ten books. Folio (15 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches; 395 x 240 mm). [6], xxv, [5, List of Subscribers], [1]-126, [4], 127-446, [55, Notes], [1, errata], [1, blank] pp. Although the pagination is irregular; the text is continuous. With dedication signed: "Anne Rowe." The ESTC list that this should have two separate dedications to the King, one in French and the other in English, our present copy only has the English version. With a list of subscribers. With engraved frontispiece, one engraved folding map, and a vignette title-page. Each of the ten books has an engraved vignette head-piece and tail-piece. Numerous historiated initials.

Full calf, rebacked to style. Boards tooled in blind. Spine with new red morocco spine label, lettered in gilt. Spine ruled in gilt. Inner hinges repaired. Boards rubbed and edges bumped and chipped. Pages 23 and 389 with small marginal repairs, not affecting text. Some toning throughout. Overall a very good copy.

"Lucan, Marcus Annaeus Lucanus (A,D, 39-65), [was] a Roman poet born at Corduba (Cordova) in Spain. His success as a poet aroused the jealousy of Nero, who forbade him to recite in public. In consequence Lucan joined in the conspiracy of Piso, and was compelled to take his own life. His chief work is the Pharsalia, a heroic poem describing the struggle between Caesar and Pompey." (The Oxford Companion to English Literature 493).

ESTC T114104 .

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