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Looking for Virgil's Aeneid

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1Hellbent2
Mar 25, 6:00pm Top

Hi all,

For some time now I've been looking for a nice fine press edition of Virgil's Aeneid in Latin. There are plenty of options for Ovid, Horace, Catullus and pretty much all other famous roman writers. But when it comes to Virgil and the Aeneid, I find pretty much nothing.
Now I'm reaching out to the collective expertise of this forum, and ask if anyone can point me in the right direction.

2dpbbooks
Mar 25, 7:32pm Top

Not an answer, but these two books from Oak Knoll might be able to provide one:

A BIBLIOGRAPHY OF THE EARLY PRINTED EDITIONS OF VIRGIL, 1469-1850.

(Virgil). Kallendorf, Craig W.
New Castle, Delaware: Oak Knoll Press, 2012.
8.5 x 11 inches
hardcover
384 pages
ISBN: 9781584563105

A CATALOGUE OF THE JUNIUS SPENCER MORGAN COLLECTION OF VIRGIL IN THE PRINCETON UNIVERSITY LIBRARY.

(Virgil). Kallendorf, Craig.
New Castle, Delaware: Oak Knoll Press, 2009.
8.5 x 11 inches
hardcover, dust jacket
544 pages
ISBN: 9781584562634

3dlphcoracl
Mar 25, 8:11pm Top

>1 Hellbent2:

To my knowledge, a fine or private press edition of the Aeneid in Latin does not exist.

4ultrarightist
Mar 26, 12:00am Top

Not in Latin, but there is the LEC edition and the Folio Society LE in English, in case you were not aware.

5Hellbent2
Mar 26, 4:01am Top

Thank you all.

I went ahead and ordered his collected works, printed by the Riccardi Press and bound in limp vellum. Not illustrated and not specifically the Aeneid, but good paper and letter press, and fairly cheap as well.

6ultrarightist
Mar 26, 11:32am Top

>5 Hellbent2: Is the Riccardi Press edition Latin and English, or Latin only?

7Hellbent2
Mar 26, 12:36pm Top

>6 ultrarightist:
It's only in Latin

8kdweber
Mar 26, 12:57pm Top

>5 Hellbent2: I really like those Ricardi Press/Medici Society limp vellum editions; though, I've stuck to the ones published in English.

9dlphcoracl
Mar 26, 1:28pm Top

>8 kdweber:

I refer to and think of the limp vellum editions from Philip Lee Warner/the Medici Society/Riccardi Press as "poor man's Kelmscotts", and I mean this is the most positive way. These are truly splendid editions with beautiful letterpress printing from the Riccardi Press in a typeface/font (the Riccardi font) that is the equal of the legendary Doves Press type. The limp vellum bindings are near-identical to the Kelmscott Press editions. As a bonus, many of these books feature beautiful watercolor illustrations from Sir W. Russell Flint. The 3-volume set of 'The Canterbury Tales' and the 4-volume set of Le Morte DArthur in the vellum bindings are treasures, at a fraction of the press Kelmscott Press books command.

10Hellbent2
Mar 26, 3:43pm Top

>9 dlphcoracl:
Indeed!
On my want list is also "The Heroes" by Charles Kingsley. Wonderfully illustrated by Sir W. Russell Flint.
And on a side note; I've come to realize that my favourite type of binding is limp vellum. It looks great and it's a joy to hold and handle.

11astropi
Mar 26, 9:33pm Top

This is quite beautiful. A facsimile of the 1697 edition
https://www.eastonpress.com/prod/93C/3073/THE-WORKS-OF-VIRGIL
The facsimile is not letterpress, but it includes all the original illustrations, and it's very reasonably priced.

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