EX LIBRARY, BRITISH MUSEUM
Publii Papinii Statii Sylvarum libri v. Cum notis ad marginem Commentarii vice, Quas undecunque collegit thomas stephens, Scholae buriensis Moderator.
Cantabrigiae [i.e. Cambridge]. Apud Thomam Buck, 1651. First edition.
8vo. , 128, 127-163, , 48pp, . With a terminal errata leaf. Contemporary calf, later rebacked and recornered, later red morocco lettering-piece, gilt. Extremities heavily rubbed. Later endpapers, manuscript note pasted to FEP, ink library shelf-marks to head of title, ink-stamps of the British Museum - with later withdrawn stamps dated 1818 - to verso of title-page, p.97, and p.48, occasional ink underlining, spotting.
The first printing of Thomas Stephen's (d.1677) commentary on the Latin text of Roman poet Publius Papinius Statius' Silvae and Achilleid. Stephen's is notable for his translation of Statius' Thebaid (London, 1648) - the first appearance of the poet's work in English.
ESTC R17338, Wing S5336.£ 325.00 Antiquates Ref: 15399