SENECA, L. & M. Annaeus
A RENAISSANCE TEXTBOOK
Tragoediae.....editae.....& notis Tho. Farnabii illustratae.London, Thom. Snodham., 1624
8vo., pp. (viii) 366 (viii), text in Italic, copious side and footnotes in Roman, printer’s woodcut device on title, woodcut head pieces throughout. Intermittent C17 marginalia, heavy only on final (unsigned) blank, contemporary or near-contemporary autograph of John Wright on verso of title page. Fairly well thumbed, but still a good clean copy (especially for a schoolbook) in nice contemporary polished calf, triple border ruled in blind, raised bands, without end pastedowns.
Second and corrected edition, by “the chief classical scholar as well as the chief schoolmaster of his time” (DNB). Before 1629, his fame was known to all the scholars of Europe, for twelve years from 1630 he was a regular correspondent of Vossius, and his Seneca was praised by John Owen in his epigrams. These little inexpensive editions of the classics remained extraordinarily popular throughout the C17th.
“…his school was so much frequented, that more churchmen and statesmen issued thence than from any school taught by one man in England.” Lowndes 782.STC. 22219. Lowndes 2241.