Opera Omnia, ad optimorum Codicum fidem summo studio recognita & castigata: nunc primum in unum collecta… curante Thoma Ruddimanno, A.M.

  • Buchanan, George
  • Edinburgi [Edinburgh]: Apud Robertum Freebairn 1715
  • ESTC T144415.


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2 vols., folio, pp. [ii], xxii, 26, [8], 466, 37, [5], 41, [1], 30, [2], 13-18; [iv], 104, [6], 34, 4, 241, [1], 38, 36, 16 + additional engraved title-page in vol. 1. Title-pages printed in red and black. Contemporary blind-stamped vellum, spines lettered in ink, edges sprinkled red. Variably browned and spotted internally. Vellum somewhat soiled. Bookplate removed from front pastedowns and patched with matching paper, note mentioning the Whitefoord Mackenzie sale of 1886 to front pastedown in vol. 1, and an ownership inscription of similar date to second blank (J. M. Thomson, Springbank, Dundee).


The magisterial first collected edition of the works of the Scottish poet, teacher, and historian George Buchanan (1506-1582), edited by Thomas Ruddiman (1674-1757). Ruddiman was a Jacobite who disagreed in his introduction with Buchanan's opposition to hereditary monarchy (though Buchanan had been tutor to King James VI), and this naturally caused some controversy, including the proposal of a counter-edition which never saw the light of day, though it did influence a Dutch edition which followed ten years later.

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