Poemata. Ex antiquis Codd. & certis Observationibus emendavit, variasque Scriptorum & Impressorum lectiones adjecit Alexander Cuningamius.

  • Horace
  • Hagae Comitum [The Hague]: Apud Thomam Jonsonium 1721


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8vo, pp. [viii], 309, [1]. Title-page printed in red and black. Contemporary sprinkled calf, boards bordered with a double gilt rule, spine divided by raised bands between double gilt rules. A little light toning. Rubbed, some scratches and scrapes, joints cracking but sound, headcap worn, label lost.


Alexander Cunningham (c.1655-1730) was a Scottish jurist living in the Low Countries who disagreed with Bentley's free-handed approach to emending Horace's text, and instead 'formulated rules for editing ancient texts... stressing the significance of the study of manuscripts and early editions' (ODNB). In the same year as this volume applying his own approach, he also published a substantial volume of 'Adnimadversiones' on Bentley's text which is now more commonly found than Cunningham's own edition. Both the text and the 'Animadversiones' exist in two issues, one with a London imprint ('Apud Fratres Vaillant, et N. Prevost') and the other, as here, published at The Hague. ESTC includes records for both versions of the 'Animadversiones', since they are the same setting of type, but for the text only has an entry for the London imprint, though it mentions this issue as well.

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