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IGNATII SANCTI MARTYRIS
AN edition of the Epistles of Ignatius was published by Dr. Aldrich, of Christ Church, at the Clarendon Press in 1708.
In the copy of this work which is in the Crącherode Collection, we find the following letter in Dr. Aldrich's hand writing.
Excellentissimo atq. Illustrissimo Dom. D. Henrico Newton Serenissimæ Britanniarum Reginæ ad Celsissimum Etruriæ Principem Le
Excellentissime atq. Illustrissime Domine,
Qui inter ardua Reipublicæ negotia bonis unà literis inservire satagis; hisce S. Ignatii reliquijs vacare ne recuses, Quæ tua potissimum ope in publicum jam prodeunt. Pro Tuis, Vir Illustrissime, in rem literariam beneficijs, gratias per me agit Bibliotheca Bodleiana; Quæ inter pretiosa Veterum Scriptorum, monumenta MSM. a. Te donatum gratissimè conservat. Si quid Illa habeat, Tuis Studiis
fecturum, Id Tibi pertubanter offert, minime dubitans, quin novam indies daturus sis gratitudini materiam.
Ed. Chr. Oxon.
Cal. Jan. 8.
Vogt thus notices the edition of S. Ignatius's Epistles, which forms the subject of this article. .
“ Ignatii Epistolarum septem genuinarum, Oxonii in Theatro Sheldonians An. 1708, in 8. typis exscriptarum, centum duntaxat exempla impressa sunt. Vil. Schelhornij Amenitat. T. II. p. 391. 199.”
THERE were two editions of Lactantius pub. lished in the same year at Venice, viz. in 1478. One, “impendio Joannis di Colonia, Joannisque Manthen de Gheretzen, 27 Augusti,” the other by Andreas de Pattasichis Catarensis and Boninus de Boninis xii. Martii. Both in folio. The last is the most rare, but the former by far the most elegant book.
The first edition of Lactantius was published, In Monasterio Sublacensi, in 1465. A copy of this most rare book was purchased for the King of France from the Valliere Collection for 1830 livres.
There is a most superb copy of this book in the Cracherode Collection, as well as of the edition of 1471. In this last is the following note hy Mr. Cracherode.
“A vero aberravit Audiffredy, p. 124, dicens Adamum Lectantii hujus impressorem esse eundem qui Ciceronis Orationes Anno 1472 edidit; nulla enim est inter utriusque characterem paritas. Adeoque Adamus Lactantii Impressor longe discrepat ab Adamo Ciceronem imprimente, et etiam uterque discrepat ab Adamo Ret Dominici de Sancto Geminiano lecturam super secunda parte decretalium imprimenti, id probante etiam dilucide Characterum disparitate.
THE Rev. Dr. Thompson, when he wrote the Introduction to the History of Great Britain from 1688 to the accession of George the first, left it a matter of doubt, whether Alexander Cunningham, the editor of Horace, and Alexander Cunningham, the author of that history, were the same or different persons.
I am able to pronounce, unequivocally, that they were different persons.
Alexander Cunningham, the Historian, died in Westminster, and was buried in the Chancel of St. Martin's Church, on May the 15th, 1737. His will is deposited in Doctors Commons.
Alexander Cunningham, the Editor of Horace, died at the Hague in December, 1730.
In the Obituary of Mr. Professor Macky, he is described as “ Literator eximius.”
I am in possession, through the kindness of Mr. G. Chalmers, of a duodecimo edition of Horace, by Rutgersius, in 1699, crouded with manuscript notes by this Alexander Cunningham. It was presented to the late Marquis of Lansdowne, by Lord Buchan, with the following letter.