Quae Supersunt. Cum scholiis Graecis auctionibus, emendationibus et animadversionibus in scholia editoris et Joannis Toupii, glossis selectis ineditis, indicibus amplissimis… edidit Thomas Warton.

  • Theocritus
  • Oxonii [Oxford]: E Typographeo Clarendoniano 1770
  • ESTC T103789, T103788; Dibdin II 488-492.


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2 vols., 4to, pp. [iv], lx, [ii], 134, [5], 135-236, [80]; [iv], 388, [4], 389-412, [4]. [Bound with:] Curae Posteriores, sive Appendicula notarum atque emendationum in Theocritum Oxonii nuperrime publicatum. Londini [London]: Apud Johannem Nourse, 1772. 4to, pp. [iii]-vii, [i], 45, [3]. Slightly later diced Russia by J. Bohn, boards bordered with a gilt rule, spines divided by raised bands between gilt rules, second, third and fourth compartments gilt-lettered direct, marbled edges and endpapers. Occasional toning and spotting, a handful of leaves with a marginal stain from before binding. A little rubbing and scratches, spine ends just a touch worn and vol. 1 joints cracking. Binder’s ticket to front pastedown, pencil note (signed ‘TLM’) to binder’s blank, about a dozen marginal corrections and annotations in an early hand in vol. 2; from the library of the Gaisford family though without mark of ownership.


A very nice copy of the famous Warton Theocritus, reputed to be one of the most elegant editions ever published by Oxford University's Clarendon Press. Thomas Warton (1728-1790), Oxford Professor of Poetry and later Poet Laureate, wrote satirical verse but also maintained a talent for serious scholarship, earning considerable respect for his efforts in this edition: 'a very splendid edition... every lover of Greek literature is under great obligations to the very learned and ingenious Mr. Warton, for this magnificant edition of Theocritus' (Harwood, quot. in Dibdin). There are also contributions from the brilliant but difficult scholar Jonathan Toup (1713-1785). Together here with Warton's edition is an appendix, separately published two years later, and hence rarely found though explicitly intended to accompany the main text.
This copy is elegantly bound by Johann Bohn (1757-1843), German emigre bookbinder, likely c. 1810 - Bohn established himself on Frith Street in 1795 and by the late 1810s had shifted focus to bookselling, and the binding was plausibly done for Thomas Gaisford (1779-1855), who reached the position of Regius Professor of Greek at Oxford in 1811. Gaisford's bookplate is absent but the copy was among books recently dispersed by a branch of descendants, and Theocritus was an author Gaisford edited for his Poetae Minores Graeci (1814-1820).

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