ABSTRACT

One of the great things about the Bibliographical Society of America is that it includes librarians, antiquarian book sellers, book collectors, and academics, all in the same group. There are exceptions, certain editions that survive in large quantities and therefore appear in all the Virgilian bibliographies: one thinks, for example, of the 1502 Brant-Gruninger edition, which was valued for its stunning woodcuts and therefore preserved, or the 1636 and 1676 Elzeviers, which were printed in huge press runs and collected in their own day. Modern scholarship has emphasized – correctly, the author think – that the transition from manuscript to print was a gradual one. It is indeed a brave new world out there, for librarians, book dealers, collectors, and academics alike. Unfortunately there is no single source for modern scholarship on the reception of Virgil’s poetry.