May 05, 2022 - Sale 2603

Sale 2603 - Lot 135

Price Realized: $ 25,000
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 7,000 - $ 9,000
Virgil (70-19 BCE)
The Whole xii Bookes of the Aeneidos of Virgill.

London: by Wyllyam How for Abraham Veale, 1573.

First complete edition, quarto; verse translations by Thomas Phaer (c. 1510-1560) & Thomas Twyne (c.1500-1581), title page printed within a frame of type ornaments; bound in later full textured navy morocco tooled ornately in gilt, aeg., the Hoe-Chew-Rosenbach copy, with gilt morocco book tickets of Robert Hoe and Beverly Chew; printed in black letter, single column throughout, washed, contents very good, 7 1/2 x 5 1/2 in.

"Phaer's translation is in fourteen-syllable rhyming ballad metre, is often spirited, and fairly faithful. Although Gawin Douglas was the earliest translator of Virgil in Great Britain (1553), and the Earl of Surrey's translation of two books appeared in 1557, Phaer was the first Englishman to attempt a translation of the whole work. His achievement was long gratefully remembered." (DNB)

STC 24801; ESTC S119243 showing nine U.S. copies; Pforzheimer 1028; very rare at auction.

From the Ken Rapoport Collection.