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ALS from Windsor, to (William Sidney Walker), Nov. 8, 1824. 'I have to acknowledge the favour of the two letters from you, which I should have done before, but for the dangerous illness of my father ...'
1824 65pp on 4 sides of folded 4to sheet; signs of removal from an album.Knight, at this stage a relatively inexperienced publisher, is writing to Walker, Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge, who is in the process of editing a one volume edition of the Latin Poets, Corpus Poetarum Latinorum. 'I feel much obliged to your readiness to undertake the office of editing the Classics', Knight writes; 'The work will I doubt not prosper in your hands'. It was indeed popular with numerous editions published well into the 20th century. Curiously, The Examiner of January 1, 1826 advertises Corpus Poetarum 'to be published tomorrow'; Copac and the BL record the first publication as 1828. Knight proposes the contents of the first part - it was, he says, to be made up of 6 parts of 200 pages - and asks Walker to write a brief Latin and English prospectus 'announcing the objects proposed'. The letter begins with Knight discussing 'the rumoured conspiracy to pirate Milton', referring to John Milton's Christian Doctrine, translated from the Latin manuscript by Charles Sumner and published for the first time by Knight in 1825. It is clear from this letter that both Knight and Sumner know who the possible pirate is: 'in the present stage of the business it would be perhaps desirable for all parties, that the bookseller contemplating such a scheme should be known, that he be warned of his danger'. Walker, it appears, has a friend in common with 'the plotter' and is encouraged gently to investigate 'the probability of the danger'. After Milton's death in 1674, the Christian Doctrine was in the possession of his amanuensis Daniel Skinner who attempted, but failed, to have it published in Amersterdam and was pressured to hand over the manuscript to the English government. It was repressed and not published in English until Knight's edition in 1825. PLEASE NOTE: For customers within the UK and the EU, this item is subject to VAT.
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