Wernsdorf’s Minor Latin PoetsSKU: 5176
Wernsdorf’s Minor Latin Poets
Date of publication:
19th century vellum
Wernsdorf, Johann Christian (ed.): Poetae Latini Minores […] Curavit Io. Christianus Wernsdorf. Altenburgi [Altenburg], Ex Officina Richteria (vol. VI, Helmstadii [Helmstadt] sumptu. C.G. Fleckeisen) 1780-1799.
A major contribution to the study of minor poets
A comprehensive edition which is emphatically not a reprint of Burmann’s, according to Brunet; it contains many additional authors. The volumes are divided thematically: Carmina de venatione; Bucolica et idyllia; Satyrici minores; Carmina heroica; Carmina geographica and Carmina de re hortensi et villatica.
Johann Christian Wernsdorf (1723-1793) taught rhetoric and poetry at the University of Helmstadt between 1752 and his death. His edition of Poetae Latini Minores is his principal work. The first five volumes were published in his lifetime, and a sixth was published after his death by his son. Brunet IV, 758-9.
Condition & Materials
6 vols. 8vo. pp. xxiv, 299, [xli]; xxii, 413, [xxvii]; lxxx, 542, [xxxii]; xiv, [ii], 872, [xxviii]; xxvi, 1153, [i]; [iv] additional titles, viii, 776. Engraved title vignettes, scattered foxing and spotting, 19th-century vellum, gilt border to covers, calf lettering pieces, a little rubbed, marbled edges and endpapers.