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    Basil Kennet. The Lives and Characters Of the Ancient Grecian Poets. London: Abel Swall, 1697. Krown & Spellman retail: $400. First Edition.

    Octavo. A6, B-2E8, 2F2. [12], 189, [3], 82, [2 ads]p. Contemporary. paneled calf, banded spine, title label, edges speckled red, hinges cracking, edge tear A3, some light soiling and foxing. Frontispiece, large vignette by J. Savage, 12 portrait ovals of Greek poets (two on inserted full-page sheets without text, the rest in the body of the text). Front cover and ffep detached, but present. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.

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    Kennet (1674-1715), "In 1690 he was elected scholar of Corpus Christi College as a native of Kent, and graduated B.A. in 1693, M.A. in 1696. In 1697 he became fellow and tutor of Corpus. His learning and amiable qualities won him the regard of all parties. In 1706 he was appointed chaplain to the British factory at Leghorn, being the first to fill that office, and received the degree of B.D. by decree of convocation. He was at first much harassed by the Inquisition, and had to seek the intervention of the English government. Ill-health, caused by the climate and his dislike of exercise, obliged him to resign, and he preached for the last time on 8 Jan. 1712-13. He returned home by way of Florence, Rome, and Naples, and through France, collecting books, sculpture, and curiosities." DNB. Wing K297. ESTC r16618.  

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