Opera. Accurate recognita ex museo P. Scriverii.

SECUNDUS Johannes (1651)


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Engraved title page with medallion, and engraved depiction of the poet (verso of *8), 5-6 line initials. 

12mo (132 x 72mm). [14]ff, 366pp. Contemporary vellum with overlapping fore-edges, title inked on spine (slight discolouration of vellum). 

Leiden, Franciscum Moyaert, 

The third edition of Peter Schrijver's (Petrus Scriverius, 1575-1660) authoritative edition of the works of Dutch neo-Latin poet Johannes Secundus (1511-36), based on the first comprehensive edition of poems gathered by Secundus' brothers and published at Utrecht in 1541. Of the elegies, epistles, epigrams and odes produced by Secundus it is his love poetry, the sensuous Basia (reminiscent of Catullus) for which he is best known. Inspired by 'Neaera', a Spanish courtesan whom he encountered whilst in the service of the Archbishop of Toledo, they are lyrical meditations on the theme of the kiss. 

Provenance: Ownership inscription of 'Joh. A. Swanenburck' on front paste-down, partially obscured by the bookplate of John Stuart of Inchbreck (of the Stuart family of Inchbreck, d.1827), Professor of Greek at Mareschal College, Aberdeen, who also inscribed the title page. Sparse underlining throughout in brown ink. 

Worming to gutter throughout and minor stains at head of first few leaves; closed tear in final blank, not affecting legibility of text.

Stock Code: 227917

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