Title in Greek.] Theognidis Megarensis sententiæ morales nova Latina versione, notis &emendationibus explanatæ & exornatæ: unà cum variis lectionibus ex Augustano & duobus Palatinis MSS. codicibus, qui in Bibliotheca Vaticana iam asser

London: typis J. Heptinstall, impensis autem H. Nisbett (Derby); apud H. Mortlock, 1706. First edition, as edited by Anthony Blackwall; the elegiac poems of Theognis of Megara, from the 6th century B.C., had been printed in England only once before, in 1639 (STC 23944). This is Blackwall's first book, written while he was headmaster at the De Text in Greek and Latin. Joints cracking but sound, some pencil markings on terminal blanks. Signatures of Edward Tennant dated 1742; later armorial bookplate of Henry Hobhouse (1776-1854) and a note of acquisition for one shilling at "Orme's sale," probably the sale at Sotheby's of the library of Robert Orme, the historian of India, in April, 1796. A good and interesting copy. Contemporary sheep, a bit worn. Octavo. [12], 181, [2, addenda], (Item ID: 14942)


The 1400 lines ascribed to Theognis form more than half the surviving elegiac poetry of the pre-Alexandrian period; there are important references to Theognis in both Plato and Aristotle.

ESTC (1990) lists three copies in North America (Huntington Library, Illinois University, Amherst College). Brunet V, 791-2 ("édition mal imprimée mais assez bonne"); CBEL II, 1823.

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