The Idylliums of Theocritus with Rapin’s Discourse upon Pastorals. Made English by Mr Creech. The second edition. To which is prefix’d, the Life of Theocritus. By Basil Kennet.

  • Theocritus
  • London: Printed for E. Curll 1713
  • ESTC T138189.


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[ii], iv, 60, 105, [3], [4, ads] + frontispiece. Bound without the portrait of Creech found in some copies. Contemporary Cambridge-style panelled calf, red morocco label. Lightly toned, some soiling. Extremities rubbed, a few scrapes, joints cracking at head of spine.


The first edition of Creech's translation of Theocritus by the famously unscrupulous publisher Edmund Curll, following its 1684 Oxford first appearance. Curll's edition was reissued in 1721 with a cancel title-page, suggesting that it did not sell as well as Curll may have hoped. The BL copy has two engraved portraits, one of Creech and one of Theocritus, but the copies in Leeds and Oxford appear to have only one, so it may have been issued thus.

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