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Sarbieuii, Mathiae Casimiri (Mathias Casimir Sarbiewski / Sarbievius)
Lyricorum Libri IV. Epodon Ib. Unus Alterq. Epigrammatum
Antwerp: Antwerpia ex Officina Plantiniana Balthasaris Moreti (Moretus of Antwerp), 1646. Good- 32mo-over 4"-5" tall Good-. Contemporaneous full calf. Clasps and hinges to upper board missing (hinges to lower board present only). Emblematic engraved title page missing a chip, featuring lyre, bees, laurel wreath etc. Leaves that preceeding the title page are no longer present. All blank leaves to rear also missing, including pastedowns. Chip missing from edge of title page. Small inscription to title page head, verso and head of first text leaf and blank verso of last text leaf. 236pp . Scarce. Later printing. The first edition had larger pages and was published at Antwerp in 1632. Maciej Kazimierz Sarbiewski (Mathias Casimirus Sarbievius) (15951640) was Europe`s most prominent Latin poet of the 17th century, and a renowned theoretician of poetics. He was the first Polish poet to become widely celebrated abroad, and the most popular Polish author before Henryk Sienkiewicz. He became known as Horationis par ("the peer of Horace") and "the last Latin poet." His European fame came from his first collection of poetry, Lyricorum libri tres (Three Books of Lyrics). This expanded edition, Lyricorum libri IV (Four Books of Lyrics), was so successful in Europe that it was released in 60 editions in different countries. During a stay in Rome, Sarbiewski was crowned poeta laureatus (poet laureate) by Pope Urban VIII, to whom the Lyricorum Libri IV are dedicated. Sarbiewski was a Jesuit priest at Vilnius University, and court preacher to Polish King Wladyslaw IV Vasa. At the back is a section called the "Epicitharisma", a series of tributes-also in Latin verse-to the author by some of his brother Jesuits.
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