Cynegeticon. Or, A Poem of Hunting. Falsicus Grattius, trans Christopher Wase.

Cynegeticon. Or, A Poem of Hunting.

London: Printed for Charles Adams, 1654.

First English edition. Three-page preliminary poem by Edmund Waller, twenty-four-page preface. Parallel Latin and English text. [94], 86 pp. 12mo. Contemporary dark calf, spine gilt, a.e.g., slightly rubbed ESTC R1966; Wing G-1581; Schwerdt I, p. 217. Provenance: Bent Juel-Jenson (bookplate); Robert S. Pirie (bookplate). Item #34298

"Nothing in known respecting this author [Grattius], except that Ovid speaks of him as a contemporary. The poem is heroic, and consists of 536 lines: its style is hard and prosaic; it describes the weapons and arts of the chase, horses and hounds; but the science is rather Greek than Italian, and the information contained in it is principally derived from Xenophon." (A History of Roman Classical Literature, Browne, 317).

Wase's commentary includes chapters on "the styles of hunting different from the English, both antique and forreigne" and "the modern authors who have written upon this subject." The first edition in Latin was published in Lyon by Sebastian Gryphius in 1537.

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