A BIBLIOGRAPHY OF THE EARLY PRINTED EDITIONS OF VIRGIL, 1469-1850.
(Virgil). Kallendorf, Craig W.
- New Castle, Delaware: Oak Knoll Press, 2012.
- 8.5 x 11 inches
- 384 pages
- ISBN 9781584563105 / Order Nr. 106177
- Price: $95.00 other currencies
This book serves as a short-title catalogue of all the early printed editions of the Roman poet Virgil, from the first edition in 1469 up to and including books published in 1850. Virgil's three major poems, the Eclogues, the Georgics, and the Aeneid, have stood at the center of western civilization throughout the early modern and modern periods. As such they were reprinted, individually and together, throughout Europe and the Americas. This bibliography offers the first complete record of the diffusion of these seminal works.
Almost five thousand books, including editions in the original Latin and in translation, are entered into the bibliography. The entries rest on direct observation of books in two large, discrete Virgil collections, along with material gathered from twenty-eight databases and specialized bibliographies and from individual libraries throughout the world. This bibliography is three times the size of its predecessor, Giuliano Mambelli's now over fifty year old Gli annali delle edizioni virgiliani, filling out and correcting the record in ways that have only become possible in the computer age.
Each entry contains information on the printer and place of publication, the names of any translators, editors, and commentators, and an indication of where a copy of the book may be found. An index of names allows cultural historians to connect Virgil to the scholarly activities of succeeding generations, while indices of printers and places of publication serve the needs of printing historians.
Craig Kallendorf received his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina and is Professor of English and Classics at Texas A&M University. His recent books include The Other Virgil: Subversive Readings of the Aeneid in Early Modern Culture (Oxford University Press, 2007) and bibliographies of early Italian printed editions of Virgil and of the Aldine collection at the University of Texas. For Oak Knoll Press he has co-edited The Books of Venice / Il libro veneziano (2009) and written A Catalogue of the Junius Spencer Morgan Collection of Virgil in the Princeton University Library (2010).