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Emendabat et notulis illustrabat Gilbertus Wakefield, A.B.

London: Impensis Kearsley, 1796 Stock Code: 145919
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A handsome Trinity College binding of Wakefield's edition of Virgil's works (vol. I only), with pleasing provenance: it was likely owned by Richard Graves (1763-1829), theologian, Fellow and Regius Professor of Divinity at Trinity College, with his inscription on the bookplate, and the address "Hume Street, Dublin" on the title page.

"Graves was the author of several influential works, including An Essay on the Character of the Apostles and Evangelists (1798), Lectures on the Four Last Books of the Pentateuch (1807), and Calvinistic Predestination Repugnant to the General Tenor of Scripture, in a Series of Discourses (1825)" (ODNB).

The volume was edited by Gilbert Wakefield (1756-1801), Unitarian controversialist, and "one of the two leading British scholars of his time, the other being Richard Porson" (ODNB). Wakefield taught at Hackney College, a dissenting academy where William Hazlitt was briefly a student, and later edited a number of classical and theological texts, including Horace, Lucretius, and Virgil.

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Octavo (169 x 100 mm). Contemporary dark red straight-grain morocco, smooth spines divided by paired gilt fillets and circle-and-lozenge rolls, second compartment lettered in gilt, other compartments elaborately tooled, sides with a gilt lozenge-and-quatrefoil border enclosing a frame of interlocking circles, gilt stamp of Trinity College Dublin to covers, gilt lozenge-and-quatrefoil edge roll and turn-ins, marbled endpapers, edges gilt.


Prize bookplate to front pastedown, annotation to rear free endpaper dated 17 August 1844. Small chip to spine ends, spine slightly faded, small clip to head of title page and partially erased annotation, couple of gatherings slightly loose, some annotations in ink to contents. A very nice copy.


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