Quae supersunt, recensuit et notulis instruxit Gilbertus Wakefield, A.B.

  • Horace
  • Londini [London]: Impensis Kearsley 1794
  • ESTC T46154; Dibdin II 116.


SKU: 1981 Category: Tags: ,


2 vols. in 1, 8vo, pp. viii, 186, [8], [ii], 168, [10] + 2 frontispieces and 2 other plates. Errata slip bound in following second title-page. Contemporary brown calf, boards bordered with a gilt roll, spine divided by a thick gilt rule between thinner ones, black label, other compartments with a diaper pattern of dotted gilt lines, marbled endpapers. Rubbed, rear joint split but cords holding, some surface abrasion to rear board, label removed from front pastedown. Bookplate of Revd. Thomas Hervey to front pastedown, with ownership inscription of John Bain (Winchester, Oct. 1914) on it; earlier ownership inscription of G. J. Hamilton, Lieut. Royl. Engineers to verso of flyleaf.


Gilbert Wakefield (1756-1801) is better known as a religious scholar and controversialist, but his enormous edition of Lucretius was of great importance in itself, and together with smaller projects like this Horace it 'established Wakefield as one of the two leading British scholars of his time, the other being Richard Porson... his critical remarks can show considerable brilliance and an unusual awareness of continental advances in scholarship' (ODNB).
'A very elegant and correct edition, ornamented with plates' (Dibdin).

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