GRANAN, Edward, translator. ~ The Christiad: an heroic Poem; in six books. Written by Marcus Hieronymus Vida, and translated into English Verse,... London: Printed for the Author, and Sold by R. Baldwin. 1771.
8vo (202 × 122 mm), pp. xiv, viii, 258, , includes subscribers’ list and index; contemporary sprinkled calf, gilt, red morocco label; very slightly rubbed; a very good copy.
First edition of this translation. The Christiad, an epic poem in six cantos on the life of Christ by Marco Girolamo Vida, commissioned by Pope Leo X and modelled on Virgil, was first published in Cremona in 1535. Vida was much admired in England and The Christiad was imitated in verse by Milton and Cowley and knew two eighteenth-century English translations: this one and another by John Cranwell (1768). Jackson, p. 6.