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HAI TOU SOPHOCLEOUS TRAGÔDIAI SÔZOMENAI HEPTA. Sophoclis tragoediae quae extant septem; cum versione latina. Additae sunt lectiones variantes; et notae viri doc(t)issimi T. JOHNSON in quatuor tragoedias.
Glasgow (Glasguae), In Aedibus Academicis. Excudebat R. Foulis Academiae Typographus, apud quem venales prostant. Edinburgi, Apud G. Hamilton et J. Balfour et A. Kincaid, 1745. 8vo. 2 volumes: (VI),354;(II),452 p. Vellum 16 cm A standard edition of a capable, diligent and careful scholar (Ref: Gaskell, 'A bibliography of the Foulis Press', no. 68; Hoffmann 3,415/6: 'diese Ausgabe ist correct'; Sandys 2,418: 'The popular edition of Sophocles was that of Thomas Johnson, 1675-1750, of Eton and Brentford, a capable, diligent and careful scholar'; Dibdin 2,412; Moss 2,598; Brunet 5,448; Ebert 21468; Graesse 6/1,441) (Details: 5 thongs laced through the joints. Boards blind stamped. Short title in ink on the back. Between p. 334 & 335 is to be found on leaf 2T4 a list: 'Books printed by Robert Foulis'. This is the first issue of this edition, with a misprint 'docissimi' for 'doctissimi' on the title of volume 2) (Condition: Vellum age-toned and soiled; 1 gathering in volume 2 is loosening; paper slightly yellowing; some small spots) (Note: 'The standard edition of Sophocles for 18th century England, and indeed outside England until Brunck's edition (1786) was provided by Thomas Johnson. Johnson's life was neither happy nor successfull. 'He married', writes Hearne in 1707, 'to a woman of a very indifferent character whom he lately divorc'd, and has had the misfortune to have his goods seized. He was put in goal (sic), but is at last got out, and now absconds in Eton College'. Later he is described by the same writer as 'schoolmaster of Brentford, the same drunken Johnson I mean who put out two volumes of Sophocles, and was lately one of the Ushers of Eton'. For a time he was headmaster of a grammar school at Chigwell, but he was evidently not successful, for the governors eventually purchased his resignation with a sum of money given by the Bishop of London specially given for the purpose. He wrote a number of school books, including a selection of Greek epigrams thas was still in use at Eton in 1892'. (M.L. Clarke, 'Greek studies in England 1700-1830', Cambridge 1845, p. 59/60) The great 19th century Sophoclean scholar R.C. Jebb described Johnson as a 'capable scholar, diligent en careful'. Johnson's Sophocles appeared by stages, the Ajax and Electra in 1705, the Antigone, Trachiniae and Oedipus Rex in 1805, the last two in 1745) (Provenance: On the front flyleaf the Johnson of 'P.I. de Fremerij'. Petrus Isaacus de Fremery, 1737-1820, since 1774 minister of the Protestant church in Dutch city of 's Hertogenbosch, where he also taught Greek at the 'schola illustris'. (NNBW 8,567/68)) (Collation: pi1, a2; A-2X4, 2Y2. pi1, A-3I4, 3K2, 3L4) (Photographs on request)
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