Poetae Lyrici Graeci … Editio altera auctior et emendatior.

Leipzig, Reichenbach for Williams & Norgate and David Nutt in London, 1853.

8vo, pp. xiv, [1], 1093, [1], [2 (advertisements)]; spotting to a few leaves (most heavily on pp. 118-120); a very good copy in contemporary russia, borders double-filleted in gilt, spine gilt in compartments with gilt red morocco lettering-piece, board-edges and turn-ins roll-tooled in gilt and blind, edges speckled red, marbled endpapers; extremities very slightly rubbed; armorial bookplate of Thomas Gaisford to upper pastedown, Latin letter dated Marburg 15 September 1852 from Bergk to Gaisford tipped in before title.


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Second enlarged edition, presented by the editor to his friend and fellow classicist Thomas Gaisford.

This edition of Greek lyric poets from the great literary critic Theodor Bergk (1812–1881) contains both the professional and personal sides of the man. The text incorporates his literary analyses of the most famed Greek lyrical poets, including Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripedes, and Sappho, amongst many others. Bergk offers in-depth metrical and textual examinations on the original Greek through his introductions and footnotes, complete with a chapter of addenda and corrections to perfect his work a decade after its original publication.

The present copy is accompanied by a letter from Bergk at Marburg to his colleague at Oxford, Thomas Gaisford (1779–1855), Dean of Christ Church and curator of the Bodleian Library.

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