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“ Horace, which were made by the great scholars of that il“ lustrious age, the glorious age of the revival of literature, as “ well as the criticisms of all the old commentators on Ho“ race.” Such is the eulogy of Dr. Harwood on the last (1580.) edition. The last is not only a very copious, but also a very correct and valuable edition. LUGD. 4to. 1561. Lambini. 2 vols.

This is the first edition, containing the valuable Commentaries of Lambinus, who is justly honoured with the title of • Horatii Sospitator: it was succeeded by one printed at Venice, in 1566, which is the very scarcest of all Lambinus's editions; another at Paris, in 1567, which contains a more copious and valuable Commentary than either of the preceding, in which he has also frequently corrected the text; this is the last edition which this celebrated scholar superintended : which was followed by several other editions ; viz. in 1568, 1569, 1587 and 1605, which last is considered to be superior to all those that preceded it. See Harles, Brev. Not. Lit. Rom. p. 262-3; Dibdin's Introd. v. i. p. 408-9; and Brunet, t. ii.

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p. 137.

ANTVERP. 8vo. 1566. Pulmanni. 6s.

Harles speaks very favourably of this edition, which was formed chiefly on the basis of that of Lambinus : it was fol. lowed by one in 1575, which was edited by Treter, and is now scarce : the former edition was preceded by two others, which were printed by Nutius, the one in 1557, and the other in 1564. See Harles, Brev. Not. Lit. Rom. p. 263; Dibdin's Introd. v. i. p. 408-9; and Brunet, t. ii. p. 137. Paris. 8vo. 1577, 1588, et 1592. H. Stephani. 10s. to 15s.

Harles, speaking of the first edition, observes; “ Præclara " et fructuosa est ed. Horat. cum novis scholiis, diatribe et ob“servatt. H. Stephani.” Brev. Not. Lit. Rom. p. 264. Maittaire and Mitscherlich also speak very favourably of these editions, which are very good and useful ones, and are now rarely met with. See Vit. Steph. p. 339; and Dibdin's Introd. v. i.

p. 409,

Antv. 4to. 1578, 1587, et 1611; et Lug. Bat. 1593

et 1603. Cruquii. Cruquius is deservedly esteemed one of the best com“ mentators on Horace. Consult the notes in any of the dif“ ficult passages in Horace, and you will have your doubts “ satisfactorily solved.” Harwood. This editor has perhaps done more towards the elucidation of the text of this poet than all the preceding commentators put together; and he has not,

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in illustrating his author, neglected the text, which is accurate, and for which he collated no less than eleven manuscripts. The last edition is, however, the best. See Harles, Brevior. Not. Lit. Rom. p. 264; Ernesti, Fabr. B. Lat. v. i. p. 398 ; Freytag, Adpar. Litt. v. iii. p. 628-33; Dibdin's Introd. v. i. p. 409-10; and Brunet, t. ii.

p. 137-8. ANTVERP. 4to. 1608. Torrentii. 2s.

A very beautiful and critical edition, which is highly extolled by Mitscherlich and the Bipont editors; it is illustrated with the notes of the editor, which, says Dr. Harwood, accurate and judicious,” but which extend no farther than the second epistle of the second book. The editor has inserted Nannius's Commentary on the Art of Poetry. The following is the favourable opinion expressed by Harles (Brev. Not. Lit. Rom. p. 264.) respecting this edition; “ Optimis et criticis edd. ad“ numeranda est :" it was reprinted in 1620. See Ernesti, Fabr. B. Lat. v. i. p. 410; Kett's Elements, vol. ii. p. 531; Mitscherlich, præf. p. xlviii.; Dibdin's Introd. v. i. p. 410; and Brunet, t. ii. p. 138. Lug. Bat. 12mo. 1612, 1629, et 1653. Dan. Heinsii.

Apud Elzevirium. These editions are very beautifully and accurately printed ; (they were preceded by two others, in 1609 and 1610, ex officina Plantin.) but that of 1629 (3 vols. £1. 1s.) is the scarcest and the most valued by the curious; respecting which Harles (in Introd. in Not. Lit. Rom. t. ii. p. 384,) observes : “ quæ « editio quidem convenit cum superiore (1612,) at rarius oc“ currit ; utraque autem habetur classica." De Bure has given the most accurate account of this edition, which, for the advantage of my reader, I shall here insert.“ Edition fort

jolie, & plus recherchée des curieux quand les trois parties “ sont rassemblées. La première partie ne contient que le “ texte d'Horace avec deux titres, l'un gravé, l'autre im

primé. La seconde, contient les remarques d'Heinsius, avec “ un titre imprimé ; & la troisième renferme les deux livres, “ de Satyra Horatianâ, avec un faux titre à la tête. Il manque “ assez souvent dans les exemplaires de ce livre, quel

quès-uns des titres que nous avons indiqués ; il faut y “ prendre garde.” Bibl. Instructive, No. 2721. Crenius, in his Animadverss. Philolog. pt. ii. p. 2. observes ;—“ Illius

vero Heinsii notæ in Horatium impressæ sunt in officina Plantiniana Raphelengii ciɔlɔcx. in 8vo. & Lugd. Batavor. clɔlɔCXII. quæ optima editio. Habeo illud exemplum,

quod propria manu · Clarissimo & Consultissimo viro D. Jo“hanni Borelio observantiæ ergo d. d. Autor Heinsius.''

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FRANCOF. 4to. 1612. Cum Paraphrasi Lubini.

Crenius, in his Animadv. Philolog. speaks very favourably of this Paraphrase, which was first published at Rostoch, in 1599, but with less accuracy. Pt. ii. p. 2. See Harles, Brev. Not. Lit. Rom. p. 265; Dibdin's Introd. v. i. p. 410; Fournier, Dict. p. 269; and Brunet, t. ii. p. 138. Paris. 12mo. 1613. Apud R. Stephanum, 10s.

. This edition, which was printed by Robert Stephens, (the grandson,) contains the critical notes of Rutgersius. From the life of Rutgersius, prefixed to his Poems, I extract the following information relative to his excursion into France, and the present made by him of the notes contained in this edition to the printer: “ Inde in Galliam anno Clɔlɔ CXI. abiit; ac

biennium, partim Lutetiæ in optimi & clarissimi viri Frederici “ Morelli domo, partim Aureliis, ubi & Licentiæ, ut vocant, in Jure, parentum magis obsecutus voluntati, quam suæ, titulum “ assumpsit, Blæsis quoque ac alibi hæsit, ubicunque vixit “ præstantibus ibi viris gratus. Ac dum Lutetiæ agit, notulas “ aliquot in Horatium edidit, illectus pulchritudine potiùs edi“ tionis, quam tum parabat Robertus Stephanus, quàm quod “ se & adolescentem, & libris destitutum, in auctorem nobilis“ simum quicquam praestare posse confideret. Libellum tamen “ publico favore, præter spem, exceptum augere, auctumque “ denud edere statuit." P. 213. SEDANI, 32mo. 1627. Apud Jannon. 15s.

This edition is the smallest yet published; it is printed in a very minute character, and is now extremely rare. See Harles, Introd. in Not. Lit. Rom. t. ii. p. 385. - Edition singulière,

p “ et remarquable par la petitesse des caractères qui ont servi "à son impression. Il en a été parlé ci-dessus à l'occasion “ du Virgile exécuté pareillement à Sedan par le même Jannon." Bibl. Reviczk.

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131. Paris. fol. 1642. E Typographia Regia. 16s.

A very magnificent and rare edition ; it is one of those which were executed at the Louvre. Lug. Bat. 8vo. 1653, 58, 63, 68, et 1690. Cum Notis

Variorum et Schrevelii. 10s. to £1. “ I have had occasion to read through most of these Vari

orum editions, but the first of 1653 is by far the best.” Harwood. Ernesti and Harles barely mention these editions. Mitscherlich observes of the last : “ Memoratu digna haec “ editio bactenus, quod primum Venusianas Rutgersii Lectiones “ additas habet, quanquam truncatas atque interpolatas; de quo

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graviter conqueriter Burman.” The last edition is printed in Italics, and is rare, and though superior to the preceding ones, is by no means to be recommended. See De Bure, No. 2723 ; Dibdin's Introd. v. i. p. 411-12; Fournier, Dict. p. 269; and Brunet, t. ii. p. 138. SALMUR. 8vo. 1671. Fabri.

“ De conjectura tantum, at audaciore, castigavit textum “ Hor. et Heinsium in notulis subinde insectans.” Harles, Brev. Not. Lit. Rom. p. 265. This edition is held in very little estimation. Amst. 12mo. 1675. Cum Notis Bond. Apud Elzev.

This edition is well printed and very rare ; it is executed • litteris quadratis.' The Bipont editors observe ; “ Bond in

servit bene tironum studiis ; unde editio hæc creberrime repe“ tita est;" they further state that there have been upwards of fifty editions of Bond's Horace printed. A copy at Cail. lard's sale brought £2. 15s. and at F. Didot's, (sewed,) £8. 6s. 10d. See De Bure, Bibl. Instruct. No. 2724; Fournier, Dict. p. 269; and Brunet, t. ii. p. 138. Paris. 4to. 1691. Ad Usum Delphini. 2 vols. £3. 3s.

“ One of the most useful, pleasant, and instructive of all the “ Delphin Classics.” Kett's Elements, v. ii. p. 531. This edition is rare and is held in considerable estimation ; it contains some very sensible notes, by the editor, L. Desprez; it has been frequently reprinted. See De Bure, No. 2725; Fournier, Dict. p. 269; and Brunet, t. ji. p. 139. CANT. 4to. 1699. Talboti. 10s. 6d. to 15s. Cant

. . This is the most magnificent and correct edition which has yet been published : it is executed in a bold character, on a stout clear paper.

It was formed on a collation of several MSS. and editions ; among the latter those of Muretus, Fabricius, Lambinus, Cruquius, Pulmannus, Torrentius, and Dacier, were principally consulted. At the end of the volume are 38 pages of notes, which are chiefly critical and emendatory. See Ernesti, Fabr. B. Lat. v. i. p. 412-13; Harles, Brev. Not. Lit. Rom. p. 266; De Bure, No. 2726; Dibdin's Introd. v. i. p. 413; and Fournier, p. 269. It was reprinted in 1701. “ Il n'y a personne, qui ne loue les Directeurs de l'Académie “ de Cambridge, du dessein qu'ils ont fait de publier en beaux “ caractères, et le plus correctement, qu'il sera possible, divers “auteurs latins. Quoique l'on en ait plusieurs éditions, en “ plus petits caractères, et avec des notes plus étendues ; on ne “ peut voir qu'avec plaisir les belles éditions qu'ils ont déjà don“ nées, et il y a beaucoup de profit à lire les remarques critiques, “ que l'on a ajoutées à la fin. Il semble que l'on entend mieux “ les auteurs, qui sont si bien imprimés, et que l'on a plus de “ satisfaction à les lire, quand on n'y voit rien, qui ne plaise à “ la vue.

La

grosse lettre qu'on y a employée, est si belle et “si nette, et le papier si bon, qu'on ne peut pas douter, quand “ il n'y auroit que cela, que ceux qui le peuvent, et qui se “piquent du choix des livres, ne les achetent à quelque prix

que ce soit, &c.” Le Clerc, Bibl. Choisie. t. iii. p. 251; see

P. 251-8.

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TRAJECT. 12mo. 1699 et 1713. Burmanni. 6s. to 8s. 6d.

These are very useful and creditable editions ; in the compilation of the latter, Burmann collated some MSS. and Bentley's edition, from which sources he not only corrected the errors of the former, but culled some very choice and valuable readings; he has not, however, always followed these authorities, but has frequently altered some passages from conjecture only. Mitscherlich speaks favourably of its critical value. Harwood does not notice them. Fournier, Dict. p. 269; and Brunet, t. ii. p. 139. « Cette édition d'Horace, en petits carac“ tères, est très-jolie, et peu s'en faut qu'elle n'égale la beauté “ u des éditions des Elzeviers, en petit." Mais ce qu'il y a de “ plus particulier ici, ce sont les Leçons Venusines (ce mot est “ formé de Venusia, patrie d’Horace,) de Jean Rutgersius,

qui, quoiqu'imparfaites, ne laissent pas d'être dignes de cet “ habile homme, assez connu dans la République des Lettres,

par son ouvrage, intitulé · Variæ Lectiones, qui fut imprimé “à Leide l'an 1618, in-4. Il a lui-même composé jusqu'à l'an “ 1623 sa vie, que

l'on trouve dans la dernière édition des poë“ sies de Nicolas Heinsius, son neveu, avec quelques uns de

ses poësies. Il paroît, par la fin de cette vie, que l'auteur “ avoit résolu de composer quatre livres de Leçons Venusines, “ dont il a à peine pù achever un livre, étant mort à l'âge de “ trente-six ans, à la Haye, le 26 d'October de l'an 1625, et

ayant été obligé d'employer une grande partie de sa vie en “ voyages, pour les affaires de la Couronne de Suede, de qui “ il mourut envoyé à la Haye. On a trouvé les Leçons Venu“sines copiées de la main de Nicolas Heinsius, qui avoit eu "apparemment dessein de les publier, mais qui ne l'avoit pas pů " faire. Mr. Burmanu rend présentement ce service au public, qui lui en est obligé. La méthode de ces Leçons Venusines " est à peu près la même que celle de ses Diverses Leçons; sipon qu'ici il s'arrête plus à Horace, qu'à quelque autre auteur " que ce soit ; quoiqu'il fasse aussi des digressions. Outre "cela Rutgersius ayant auparavant publié, en sa première jeu"nesse, à Paris quelques notes sur Horace, qu'il prétendoit

refondre dans ses Leçons Venusines, Nicol. Heinsius en tira VOL. II.

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