Place and Imprint: London: Printed for Jacob Tonson, 1718.
Edition: First edition of this translation, large (or "fine") paper copy.
Bibliographical References: ESTC T114104; Foxon R293; NCBEL II, 780.
Condition: Edges rubbed; front endpapers and blanks a little spotted and stained; some water-staining; a few gatherings somewhat browned (as appears is not unusual with this title); a good, sound copy.
Book ID: 28562
Physical DescriptionFolio, contemporary English panelled calf rebacked, red morocco spine label, gilt rules and lettering. Frontispiece, folding map, engraved head- and tailpieces and decorated initials. Five-page list of subscribers.
CommentsLucan's famous epic poem about the Roman civil war, centered on the Battle of Pharsalus between Caesar and Pompey the Great, translated by playwright and poet Nicholas Rowe, who did not live to see its publication in this elaborate, large edition by Jacob Tonson. It was a popular translation that went through several editions and was praised by, among others, Samuel Johnson. The text is preceded by a lengthy introduction about Lucan (39-65 AD) and Rowe (1674-1718) by James Welwood. Some large paper copies have the dedication by Anne Rowe in two issues, one in English and the other in French (an inserted bifolium); this copy contains only the English. The sheets of large paper copies are 6.5 cm taller than those of regular paper copies and a bit wider. This copy was last sold by Bernard Quaritch (item 225, catalogue 832 in 1962); on the rear paste-down are the collation notes of Ian Hustwick of Q (kindly identified by John Windle).