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The Georgics of Virgil with an English Translation and Notes by John Martyn

by Virgil [Martyn, John]

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London: T. Osborn, 1746. Second edition (xvi, adverts., 487,4, index). Tall octavo in full leather (professionally refurbished original calf) with nine engraved copperplate illustrations, two folding, by Cole including that of a plough, the world (as known in the mid- eighteenth century), the constellations, plane and olive trees, and hyacinthus poeticus (which resembles the turk’s head lily). With the bookplate of [Canon] A. F. Smethurst. The greater part of each page in Martyn’s translation is devoted to a commentary on perhaps a half-dozen lines of Virgil’s text, and much of that commentary comprises comparisons between and among translations as, for example, between those of Dryden and Trapp. John Martin (1699- 1768), professor of Botany at Cambridge, wrote towards the end of a time when the study of natural history in all its branches was pre-occupied with the translation and exegesis of the works of natural history originating in classical antiquity, among which Virgil’s were paramount. Martyn also translated Virgil’s Bucolics and Tournefort’s Histoire des Plantes and was a founder of the Botanical Society of London. Bright, clean illustrations, tailpieces, and text.

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The Georgics of Virgil with an English Translation and Notes by John Martyn
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Virgil [Martyn, John]
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