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the Marmora Oxoniensia came out, which, besides the Arundel Marbles, contained such as had been presented to the University by Mr. Selden and several other munificent benefactors. The learned Mr. Maittaire has now published a second edition of that work, which will doubtless be very acceptable to all the learned world, particularly to all lovers of antiquity; that gentleman's great abilities for such an undertaking, being universally known and acknowledged *. In this edition the reader will find first of all the Greek inscriptions, together with the Appendix, then the Latin, and afterwards four Hebrew, all in large capital letters. After this, there is the Greek text again in a less character, with a Latin translation by Selden, Prideaux, and Price, p. 1 to 99. In the next place, follow entire Dissertations or Comments of learned Men, all apart by themselves; as, 1. Selden's Commentaries, from p. 99 to 197. 2. Price's Notes on the third Marble, from p. 197 to 200. 3. Palmerius's Notes and Supplements to the first Marble, from p. 200 to 222. 4. Lydiat's Annotations upon the same,
as one should think the learned author would keep improving his copy. This quarto edition is a poor mean blind one in 184 pages, including errata, &c. and by no means equal in typographical execution to the merit of the subject. T. F.”
* "This might be said by a complimenting Reviewer; but what can we think of an Editor that would not pay one single visit to them all together at Oxford?" T. F.
"The upper part of the Parian Chronicle, containing fortyfive lines, is supposed to be worked-up in repairing a chimney. Lydiat, while confined in the King's Bench for a debt of suretyship for his brother, wrote annotations on this Chronicle, which were first published by Prideaux. Wood says, he criticized severely on Selden's remarks; and, instead of calling him a most judicious author, only styled him an industrious one, which Selden was weak enough to resent so highly, as to refuse to contribute towards his release. Athen. Ox. II. 89. This seems to be a piece of mere tittle-tattle; for in the printed notes, P 13, he calls him industrius et eruditus amicus noster Seldenus. This stone should have been engraved in the Marmora Oxoniensia, like the Marmor Sandvicense. This copy has some faults, besides not giving the true idea of the length of the gaps, or the uc position of the letters on the stone in more than one single
from p. 222 to 295. 5. Marsham's Commentaries on the fifty-eight first Epochas of the same Marble, from p. 295 to 309. 6. Prideaux's 6. Prideaux's perpetual Commentary on the Marbles, from p. 309 to 509. 7. Some Notes of Reinesius upon the Marbles, from p. 509 to 524. 8. Sponius's Notes on some of the Marbles, from p. 524 to 527. 9. Chishull's Notes on the third Marble, from p. 527 to 532. 10. Corrections from Smith's Epistle concerning the Seven Churches of Asia, from p. 532 to 533. 11. Other Corrections from Bentley's Dissertation on Phalaris's Epistles, from p. 533 to 540. 12. Maffei's Translation of the first and second Marbles into Italian, with Notes, from p. 540 to 549. Lastly, Dodwell's Chronological Tables on the first Marble, from p. 549 to 553.
"After such various comments by so many learned men, our Editor thinks he might very well have put an end to the work here, and been excused from any farther trouble; but, having engaged himself by promise in his proposal, he has given us some conjectures and remarks of his own, as well upon the comments of those learned men before mentioned, as upon the Marbles themselves, from p. 553 to 605. Besides which, he has added a very copious Index *, both of Things and Words, with short notes frequently interspersed, from p. 605 to 667.
"As to the order in which the Marbles are placed in this edition, our Editor has not thought it necessary to keep to the same that was observed in the Oxford edition, where they were placed according to the order in which they stood in their repository near the Theatre; but, since they have been removed from thence to a more commodious place, he judges it best to come, as near as possible, to the method used by Selden, Gruter, and others, who have shewed their skill
line, which alone happens to be perfect, as Palmerius complained long ago." Gough's British Topography, vol. II. p. 129. * On Mr. Maittaire's talent at index-making see the "Essays and Illustrations" in vol. IV. No XV.
and dexterity in recovering and adjusting curiosities of this kind. Our Editor farther informs us, that both in the Greek and Latin Marbles, where there are statues or figures, either with or without inscriptions, they are all placed last: and those statues and figures are engraved anew, with the addition of two that were before omitted *."
In return for a copy of this work, Mr. Bowyer received the following letter from Mr. Clarke :
"I thank you much for my copy of the Oxford Marbles; I am pleased with it, and believe there is no great danger of a new impression. Mr. Maittaire has shewn a great deal of modesty and diligence, as well as learning, in the work; I do not see how such a heap of Commentaries can be otherwise disposed of than in the manner he has placed them. There is a note, at the bottom of the first page of his Preface, that I was a little in doubt about. He tells you that Colomesius in the year 1665 had heard of a larger || Commentary of
* Present State of Republick of Letters, vol. IX. p. 139.
"Yet there has been a new impression, though without notes, by Dr. Chandler. An anonymous writer (Gent. Mag. vol. LXIX. p. 297), in a liberal epistle on the Arundel collection, expresses a wish that the University would give a facsimile of the Parian marble; which was also the wish of that old soldier and good Grecian, Jac. Palmerius à Grentemesnil, who published an excellent philological work in 1668, containing notes and corrections on thirty capital Greek authors (reckoning the Arundel Marbles as one) in about 800 quarto pages; his first work, when he was 80 years old, and had been a soldier from 20, till disabled by age and the stone. His own short preface is worth reading, and perhaps reprinting. I cannot help observing, that 30 or 40 years ago this book sold for 4s, and that now it generally goes for 28. To be sure, later editions of several of these authors have, so far as they have gone, lowered the value of our truly honest Critic; but as, like the Sibyls' leaves, there is enough in conscience still left for the money, I am apt to think that these studies are fallen one eighth in price: I wish they may have taken a better turn." T. F. 1782.
Of whom see the Essays and Illustrations in vol. IV. No. XV. They might have been disposed of in the manner of the Variorum edition of the Classicks. T. F.
. It is not improbable but that Selden himself might have enlarged his Commentary. T. F
Selden's*, and seen one of M. de Grentemesnil, &c. then adds at last, Nulla autem illius Commentarii, which is ambiguous, though to be sure he means Selden's. Every reader does not know immediately that M. de Grentemesnil is the gentleman that follows at No. 3 §."
Among other books printed in this year were,
Apparatus ad Linguam Græcam, ordine novo ac facili digestus, &c. Auctore Georgio Thompson, E. A. P. Scholæque Grammaticæ apud Tottenham Altæ Crucis Magistro."
"Sermons and Discourses on Practical Subjects, never before printed. By Robert Moss, D. D. late Dean of Ely, and Preacher to the Honourable So
* "A person was employed to prepare a new edition of Selden's Commentary, which had been found very incorrect, and to insert the additional marbles. This being delayed three years, Bishop Fell employed Prideaux; who published them under the title of Marmora Oxoniensia, ex Arundellianis, Seldenianis, aliisque conflata; recensuit, et perpetuo commentario explicavit, Humphridus Prideaux, ædis Christi alumnus, appositis ad corum nonnulla Seldeni et Lydiati annotationibus. Accessit Sertorii Ursati Patavini de notis Romanorum commentariis. Oxon. 1676," folio. Many inscriptions in Selden's book, which never got to Oxford, were thrown with others into an appendix. This book growing scarce, Mr. Pearce of Edmund Hall undertook in 1721 to reprint it, with leave of the author, now advanced in years; who recommended it to him to correct the many errors occasioned by his own youth and the hurry of the press; but, on his declining this, Dr. David Wilkins undertook it in 1726, intending to add the Pomfret and Pembroke collections. Maittaire performed the first part of the design in 1732, inserting the conjectures and corrections of various learned men; but never once consulted the marbles themselves, and totally omitted Wheler's monuments." British Topography, vol. I. p. 131."Corsini's excellent account of the Greek Sigle would now make a much more suitable and interesting Supplement." T. F
† Or, as he is called in p. 8, Palmerius, by which name he is most commonly known. T. F.
Dr. Taylor had pointed out to me Maittaire's ambiguous language. T. E
He was assisted by
Mr. Clarke to Mr. Bowyer, July 14, 1733. i.e. Ecclesiæ Anglicana Presbytero. Mr. Morland, Master of St. Paul's, Mr. Thomas Pilgrim, Greek Professor at Cambridge, Professor Ward, Dr. Patrick, and Dr.
ciety of Gray's Inn. Published from the Originals, at the Request of the Society, with a Preface, giving some Account of the Author, by a learned Hand;" 4 vols. 8vo.
A variety of Miscellanies by Dean Swift*; which involved Mr. Bowyer in a dispute with Mr. Pope,
The copy-right of a considerable number of Dr. Swift's fugitive essays were conveyed to Mr. Bowyer, for valuable consideration, by the Rev. Mr. Pilkington, to who they had been given by the Dean; as appears by some of Mr. Flkington's letters to Mr. Bowyer, in the collection of Swift's Works: “I have sent you some of the pamphlets I promised, in as large a parcel as I could venture," says Mr. Pilkington in one of those letters, dated Aug. 28, 1732.—"The Dean has, with his own hands, made some alterations in some of them. I will, by next post, or next but one, send you another pamphlet at least, and a new assignment from the Dean. He received a letter from Mr. Pope and Mr. Motte; but neither have been of the least disadvantage to my request. I cannot say but I am proud of the firmness of his friendship to me."-Mr. Pope appears to have had an intention of publishing a second collection of Miscellanies by Dr. Swift; who tells him, "As to those papers of four or five years past, that you are pleased to require soon, they consist of little accidental things written in the country, family amusements, never intended farther than to divert ourselves, and some neighbours or some effects of anger on public grievances here, which would be insignificant out of this kingdom. Two or three of us had a fancy, three years ago, to write a weekly paper, and call it an Intelligencer. But it continued not long; for the whole volume (it was reprinted in London, and, I find, you have seen it) was the work only of two, myself and Dr. Sheridan. If we could have got some ingenious young man to have been the manager, who should have published all that might be sent to him, it might have continued longer, for there were hints enough. But the Printer here could not afford such a young man one farthing for his trouble, the sale being so small, and the price one half-penny; and so it dropt. In the volume you saw (to answer your questions), the 1, 3, 5, 7, were mine. Of the 8th I writ only the verses (very uncorrect, but against a fellow we all hated); the 9th mine, the 10th only the verses, and of those, not the four last slovenly lines; the 15th is a pamphlet of mine, printed before with Dr. Sheridan's Preface, merely for laziness not to disappoint the Town; and so was the 19th, which contains only a parcel of facts relating purely to the miseries of Ireland, and wholly useless and unentertaining. As to the other things of mine since I left you; there are in prose, A View of the State of Ireland; a Project for eating Children ; and A Defence of Lord Carteret: in verse, A Libel on Dr. Delany and Lord Carteret; A Letter to Dr. Delany on the Libels writ