Bucolica, Georgica, et Aeneis. Ex recensione Alexandri Cuningamii Scoti, cuius emendationes subjiciuntur.

  • Virgil
  • Edinburgi [Edinburgh]: Apud G. Hamilton & J. Balfour 1743
  • ESTC T139223.


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8vo, pp. 7, [i], 335, [1], 19, [1]. Entirely untrimmed (one bifolium uncut) in somewhat later quarter calf, marbled boards, corners tipped in green cloth, unlettered spine. Some light toning and spotting. Binding rubbed, joints cracking but sound, head of spine worn. Bookplate of the lending library of United Presbyterian College to front pastedown, early ownership inscription of Jo. Brown to title-page.


The scarcer larger-paper impression of this Edinburgh printing of the works of Virgil, possibly heretofore unknown in untrimmed state. ESTC records 11 copies of this octavo impression against 16 of the duodecimo reimpression, but describes it as measuring 15.7cm tall, with the duodecimo at 13.5cm. This copy is just under 17cm tall, the considerable difference almost certainly coming from other known copies being trimmed by the binder - the margins are quite generous. Gaskell calls this book 'extraordinarily advanced... perhaps the first consciously adventurous work of the great age of the Scottish press' (Book Collector, Summer 1952, p. 102).

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