Dillon, Wentworth, 4th Earl of Roscomon. & John Dryden. An Essay On Translated Verse. London: Henry Hills, 1709. 8vo. A8. 15p. 19th c. 1/2 dark blue morocco over cloth, edge rubbed, gilt title,cloth endsheets.
    Dillon (1633?-1685), fourth Earl of Roscomon, politician, translator, and poet. "He now attempted the formation of a literary academy, in imitation of that at Caen. The members of this little body included the Marquis of Halifax (who undertook the translation of Tacitus), Lord Maitland (who here began his translation of Virgil), and Roscommon himself (who wrote his ÔEssay on Translated VerseÕ). The Earl of Dorset, Lord Cavendish, Colonel Finch, Sir Charles Scarborough, Dryden, and others occasionally joined the meetings of the academy. On the occasion of the visit of the Duchess of York to Cambridge (28 Sept. 1680), Roscommon had the honorary degree of LL.D. conferred upon him. On 22 May 1683 he received the degree of D.C.L. from the university of Oxford."DNB
    This was his most influential and important work and was first published in 1684.From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
    Krown & Spellman retail: $275

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