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Richardi Bentleii Et Doctorum Virorum Epistolæ, Partim Mutuæ. Accedit Richardi Dawesii Ad Joannem Taylorum Epistola Singularis.

Richard Bentley

RA Collection: Book

Record number



Variant Title

Epistola Singularis


Londini,: Typis Bulmerianis., MDCCCVII.

Physical Description

[iv], 330, [2] p., [4] pl. (incl. 2 ports.); 271 mm. (Quarto.)


[Half-t., t.p.] - [Text, with pl.] - Appendix [letter of Dawes to Taylor] - Notæ [blank space for notes].

Responsibility Note

Bentley's correspondents include J.G. Graevius, P. Burmann, Ed. Bernard, Joannes Clericus, Dr. Davies, D. Franciscus Gacon, J.C. Biel, the Archbishop of Canterbury, La Crozius, Richard Mead, James Bentley, Samuel Clarke, J.J. Wetstenius, Sir Hans Sloane, 'E.C.', T. Hemsterhuis.

The portrait of Bentley is signed as painted by J. Thornhill, drawn by E.F. Burney and engraved by W. Sharp. That of Graevius is signed as painted by Wetstein, drawn by E.F. Burney and engraved by A. Smith A.R.A.


A.T. Bartholomew and J.W.. Clark, Richard Bentley, D.D.: a bibliography (1908). C.O. Brink, English classical scholarship: reflections on Bentley, Porson and Housman (1986).

On Bulmer the printer see P. Isaac, William Bulmer The Fine Printer in Context 1757-1830 (1993).

Summary Note

The text consists of correspondence between Richard Bentley and J.G. Graevius (historiographer to King William III of Great Britain) and other scholars, on textual criticism of Greek and Latin texts. Most of the letters are in Latin, but some are in English; several include quotations in Greek letter.

The four plates consist of: [1] a portrait of Richard Bentley; [2] a portrait of J.G. Graevius; [3] a transcript of a letter from Graevius to Bentley (that printed here as Epistola XXI); [4] a transcript of a letter from Bentley to Graevius (that printed here as Epistola XLI).


Presented by Charles Burney, and acknowledged 29 May 1807 (RAA CM, IV, 29 May 1807). (Burney was Professor of Ancient Literature at the Royal Academy from 1803 to 1817.)

Binding Note

19th-century half calf, brown cloth-covered boards; black morocco spine-label lettered 'Bentleii Epistolæ', spine lettered 'R.A.' and '1807'.


Greek literature - Latin literature - Manuscripts
Criticism, textual - Letters - 18th century


Johann Georg Graevius
Richard Dawes
William Bulmer, printer
Sir James Thornhill, source artist
Edward Francis Burney, draughtsman
William Sharp, engraver
Wetstein, source artist
Anker Smith ARA, engraver
Charles Burney, previous owner, donor