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OWEN, John
Epigrammatum Ioannis Ovven CambroBrittani, Oxoniensis
Leiden: ex officina Elzeviriana,, 1628. Editio postrema. Duodecimo in sixes (87 x 53 mm). 18th-century red full morocco, dark green label, raised bands, raised bands and compartments tooled in gilt, boards ornately gilt with leaf and flower tools and eagle cornerpieces, all edges gilt, turn-ins gilt, pale blue silk endpapers. Spine expertly restored, rear joint partially cracked, corners of boards a little worn, a few early marginal marks, occasional light spotting to contents. An excellent copy with wide margins. Attractively bound early 17th-century edition of the author's epigrams, the second edition published by the Elzevier Press under the 1628 date (the two editions are textually identical but the words "Ad lectorum" are in italics in the second edition). John Owen's first three books of Latin epigrams were published in London in 1606 to instant acclaim and success, with a further seven books being published in the following six years. "Within a century of his death Owen's work had been published throughout Europe, and had been translated not only into English - including a translation by Robert Hayman (1628) prepared in 'Bristols-Hope in Britaniola, anciently called New-found-land' - but also into German, French, Spanish, and Danish. It was Owen, not Shakespeare, whom seventeenth-century Europeans knew and admired. Continental editions of Owen outnumber the English by a ratio of over three to one. Poole-Wilson has identified forty-five continental editions of Owen's Latin text before 1800. Nine appeared by 1622, the first at Amberg in 1608; Owen's book dedicated to A … [Click Below for Full Description]
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