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    Boyle,Charles, Earl of Orrery,. Dr Bentley's Dissertations On The Epistles of Phalaris, And The Fables of Aesop, Examin'd By the Honourable Charles Boyle, Esq; ...The Second Edition. London: For Tho[mas] Bennet, 1698. 8vo. [A]4,B-T8,U4[-U4]. [10], 290, [4]pp. Full contemporary calf ruled and decorated in blind with banded spine. Some worm patches. Front hinge cracking. First free endpaper signed "Ri. Lybbe 1698." Fine copy in a unrestored contemporary binding. T.p. in red and black. Second Edition. Boyle, Charles, fourth earl of Orrery (1674-1731), politician and Jacobite conspirator.
    "Boyle's abilities undoubtedly generated respect and led to his involvement in a famous episode, recalled in Swift's Battle of the Books, during the long-running controversy between the "ancients" of Christ Church and "moderns" led by the Cambridge classicist Richard Bentley. To showcase the talents of their young scholar, the dean of Christ Church, Henry Aldrich, had assigned Boyle to translate the Epistles of Phalaris, a collection of letters supposedly the work of a Sicilian dating from the fifth century BC. However, Boyle believed that his research on the Epistles (which, via a third party, required him to consult the collection at the king's library at St James's, Westminster) had been hindered by Bentley, the collection's custodian. His incomplete edition appeared in 1695, a year after his graduation, and contained a prefatory remark concerning Bentley's disobliging manner which proved the catalyst for the controversy. Embarrassed and insulted, within four years Bentley had produced two dissertations on the epistles which disproved Phalaris's authenticity; subsequent rejoinders to Bentley (principally Dr Bentley's Dissertation on the Epistles of Phalaris É examin'd, 1698), though attributed to Boyle, were almost certainly written by Atterbury and fellow Oxford ancients." From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
    Krown & Spellman retail: $450

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