Georgica, P. Rami … praelectionibus illustrata, ad Carolum Lotharingum cardinalem. 

Paris, André Wechel, 1564. 

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—.  Bucolica, P. Rami … praelectionibus exposita, quibus poetae vita praeposita est, ad Carolum Lotharingum cardinalem, editio secunda.  Paris, André Wechel, 1558

Two works in one vol., 8vo, pp. Georgics: [2], ‘11-367’ [i.e. 3-359], [1 (blank)], Bucolics: 184; woodcut printers device to titles, woodcut initials and headpieces, complete despite erratic pagination; lightly toned, small marginal dampstains to a few leaves, but an attractive copy; in contemporary calf, boards panelled in blind with gilt centre- and corner-pieces; corners and endcaps very skilfully repaired, superficial cracks to upper joint; a single philological marginal annotation (Bucolics p. 43) and index note to rear free endpaper in the same hand, nineteenth-century ink stamp ‘E. Drouin’ to front free endpaper.


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Second editions of Ramus’s extensive commentaries on Virgil’s two poems on country life, written in reaction to the dry doctrines of several French schools who based their teaching of nature on Aristotle’s Physics.  Ramus wanted to keep in contact with the concrete realities of nature and in this spirit composed his commentaries, in which he often refers to Pliny and the Roman agronomers.  The two commentaries were first published by Wechel in 1556 and 1555 respectively; a third edition of the Bucolics was issued in 1564. 

Adams V-548 & V-537; Ong 480 & 474; USTC 198707 & 152391. 

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