17 November 2004
THEOCRITUS (c.310-c.250 B.C.). Idyllia. Epigrammata. Bipennis & Ala, in Greek. Paris: Guillaume Morel, 1561.
4° (221 x 154mm). Woodcut printer's device on title, woodcut ornamental initial opening text. (Light spotting, very light browning.) English 18th-century red straight-grained morocco gilt, green morocco spine label, marbled endpapers, gilt edges. Provenance: Dukes of Devonshire (Chatsworth bookplate) -- Patrick Robinson, bibliophile (1927-1999); by descent to the present owner.
A handsome edition of poems and pigrams by the Father of pastoral poetry. Brunet V, 782; Hoffmann III, 477.
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