The Thebaid of Statius, translated into English Verse, with Notes…

~ The Thebaid of Statius, translated into English Verse, with Notes and Observations; and a Dissertation upon the Whole by Way of Preface... Oxford: Printed at the Clarendon Press. 1767.

8vo (204 × 119 mm), pp. [2], xv, [1], xxiv, 297, [1]; modern marbled boards; early ownership inscription to upper margin of dedication: ‘Rich: Taylor’.

First edition, part one only. Samuel Johnson and Sir Jeffrey Amherst are among the subscribers listed.

‘In his short life Lewis produced a single work: the first complete translation into English of P. Papinius Statius’s late first-century epic the Thebaid... Lewis’s work, which is among the best eighteenth-century translations, ably captures the sublimity, eeriness, and violence of the original (Oxford DNB). Eddy & Fleeman, ‘Preliminary handlist of books to which Dr. Johnson subscribed’, PBSA, vol. 46 (1993), 59.

Keywords: english, literature, poetry
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