Georgij Buchanani Scoti ad viros sui seculi clarissimos, eorumque ad eundem Epistolae. Ex Mss. accurate descriptae, nunc primum in lucem editae.
London (Londini), Impensis D. Brown (ad Insigne Cygni Nigri extra Portam vulgo dictam Temple-Bar) & G. Taylor, 1711.
(X),93 p. 20th century half brown morocco 17.5 cm (Ref: J. Durkan, 'Bibliography of Buchanan', Glasgow 1994, no. 271) (Details: Woodcut printer's mark on the title, depicting 2 black swans. Lacking the leaves A2 & A3, these leaves contain the dedication to John, Duke of Roxburgh, and are signed by one Ja(mes) Oliphant) (Condition: Binding slightly scuffed, paper slightly foxed; the verso of the last page, with an advertisement, has been glued to last flyleaf; without the last blank leaf. Lacking leaves A2 & A3 with the dedication. Small etched bookplate on the front pastedown) (Note: George Buchanan, 1506-1582, was a Scottish historian and humanist scholar. 'Tutor of Mary Queen of Scots and King James VI, (he) was a Renaissance figure of European repute. His contemporaries saw him as 'easily the premier poet of the age' and praised the quality of a critical mind that ranged over multiple concerns vital to the Europe of his day. His writing, whether in the cosmopolitan Latin of his time, or in a homely vernacular, mirrored these wide concerns, as a university man of distinction, a poet and master of new styles, a playwright in a modern idiom, a controversial historian and popular pamphleteer at the center of contemporary religious and political storms'. (Durkan p. IX) Remains of Buchanan's correspondence were collected by James Oliphant, member of a high Scottish clan, and published by him in 1711. The collection consists of 35 letters to and from Buchanan. The last modern edition, MacFarlane 1981, contains 59 letters. Not all the letters which Oliphant published were based on the poet's autographs. Much correspondence is evidently lost, the dating is occasionally problematic, and minor textal variations occur) (Collation: A8 (minus leaf A8 (lacking leaf A2 & A3); B-G8 (minus the blank leaf G8)(Photographs on request)
Book number: 120214 Euro 190.00
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