Text in English and Latin. , 86pp. Modern calf Provenance: Joseph Aubry (signature on title dated 1654) First edition in English of a poem about hunting written by a contemporary of Virgil and Ovid. Christopher Wase (1625?-90), of King's College, Cambridge, was a scholar, translator and headmaster who served as a soldier on the continent during the early Interregnum and later became Printer to the University of Oxford. In 1654 he dedicated his translation of the Cynegeticon of Faliscus Gratius to his pupil Lord Herbert, son of the Earl of Pembroke. The volume includes a three-page commendatory poem by his friend Edmund Waller (beginning "Thus, by the music, we may know"), being the first appearance in print of that poem. Wase's commentary includes chapters on "the styles of hunting different from the English, both antique and forreigne" and "the modern authors who have written upon this subject." The first edition in Latin was published in Lyon by Sebastian Gryphius, in 1537. ESTC R1966; Wing G-1581; Schwerdt I, p. 217. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: GratI Falisci Cynegeticon. Or, A Poem of ...
Publisher: Printed for Charles Adams
Publication Date: 1654
Book Description London printed for Charles Adams, 1654. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. FIRST ENGLISH TRANSLATION 1654. 12mo, approximately 140 x 85 mm, 5½ x 3½ inches, pages: , 1-86, Latin and English text, bound in full modern leather, new endpapers, edges untrimmed, bookplate to first pastedown and small green bookseller's ticket on bottom of last pastedown. Top corner of title page neatly repaired, not affecting text, occasional fox spot, pale age-browning throughout, otherwise a very good copy. Gratius Faliscus or Grattius was a Roman poet of the age of Augustus. He is known as the author of a Cynegeticon, a poem on hunting, born 63 BC died 14 AD. The work describes various kinds of game, methods of hunting, and the best breeds of horses and dogs. See: Schwerdt, Hunting, Hawking and Shooting, Volume 1, page 217; ESTC R1966; Wing, Short Title Catalogue, Volume 1, page 126, No. 1581. MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING, ALL ZOOMABLE, FURTHER IMAGES ON REQUEST. POSTAGE AT COST. Seller Inventory # 20261
Book Description London Printed for Charles Adams, 1654. First English Edition GRATIUS. [WASE, Christopher, translator]. GratI Falisci Cynegeticon. Or, A Poem of Hunting By Gratius the Faliscian. Englished and Illustrated By Christopher Wase Gent. London: Printed for Charles Adams, 1654. First English edition. Twelvemo (5 7/16 x 3 3/16 inches; 138 x 8 mm). , 86 pp. Includes "Certaine illustratrions of the Cynegeticall poem of Gratuis" which begins on C6r. The poem has Latin and English texts on facing pages. 19th century half red morocco over marbled cloth. Spine stamped and lettered in gilt. Drab grey endpapers. Edges speckled red. Edges lightly rubbed. Previous owner's old ink notes on the blank verso of the title-page, and leaves a3, C7 and C8. Paper flaws at bottom outer corner of leaves A11, A12, E11, E12, no loss of text. Leaf B9 remargined and center of leaf B10 expertly repaired, with no loss of text. A very nice copy. "Nothing in known respecting this author [Gratius], except that Ovid speaks of him as a contemporary. The poem is heroic, and consists of 536 lines: its style is hard and prosaic; it describes the weapons and arts of the chase, horses and hounds; but the science is rather Greek than Italian, and the information contained in it is principally derived from Xenophon." (A History of Roman Classical Literature, Browne, 317). ESTC R1966. Wing G1581. HBS 64602. $1,250. Seller Inventory # 64602