Item #5000761 Q. Horatius Flaccus, ex recensione & cum notis, atque emendationibus Richardi Bentleii. Editio altera. HORACE, Quintus HORATIUS FLACCUS.
Q. Horatius Flaccus, ex recensione & cum notis, atque emendationibus Richardi Bentleii. Editio altera.

[Opera, ed. Richard Bentley].
Q. Horatius Flaccus, ex recensione & cum notis, atque emendationibus Richardi Bentleii. Editio altera.

Amsterdam: apud Rod. & Gerh. Wetstenios, 1713.

Quarto, with fine engraved frontispiece and vignette on title (title printed in black and red), contemporary panelled calf.

Bentleys Horace: the best edition

The improved second edition of Bentley's celebrated Horace, preferred to the Cambridge first edition of 1711. Although controversial and the cause of much scholarly debate at the time, this important edition by the young Richard Bentley, eventually acclaimed by Dibdin as "Princeps criticorum", was hailed for its hugely extensive notes but questioned for its "conjectures".

The improved second edition of Bentley's celebrated Horace, preferred to the Cambridge first edition of 1711. Although controversial and the cause of much scholarly debate at the time, this important edition by the young Richard Bentley, eventually acclaimed by Dibdin as "Princeps criticorum", was hailed for its hugely extensive notes but questioned for its "conjectures".

"A few days after its initial publication Thomas Hearne observed, on 29 January 1712, 'Dr Bentley's Horace is much condemn'd for the great Liberty he hath taken in altering the text' (Remarks, 3.273), and pamphlet attacks soon followed. With more than 700 changes from the vulgate, this was indeed 'unlike any edition of a Latin author ever before given to the world' (Monk, 1.316). Few of Bentley's conjectures are accepted, but many of his accepted emendations began as conjectures before he found support in manuscripts consulted for his notes. Confident in his own divination, Bentley emended 'anything inconsistent with the harmonious measures of classical poetry' (Pfeiffer, 154). Yet, even where his solutions are wrong, Bentley's grasp of textual problems and the learning he brings to bear on them are quite extraordinary. The much quoted note on Odes, book 3, ode 27, line 15 'To us reason and common sense are better than a hundred codices' significantly continues, 'especially with the added testimony of the old Vatican codex'" (DNB).

Provenance: Edward Henry Cooper (1827-1902), Landowner, Lieutenant-Colonel, Grenadier Guards, and Conservative politician; MP for County Sligo (armorial bookplate as "Colonel Cooper").

Brunet II, 318f. ("une des meilleures éditions que l'on ait de ce poëte... on préfère l'édition d'Amsterdam, 1713"); Dibdin II, 101-105.

Condition Report: Binding a little worn and joints weak but in good overall state.

Price (AUD): $1,500.00

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