Archibald Pitcairne, The Latin Poems

J. MacQueen (Editor), W. MacQueen (Editor),

Series: Bibliotheca Latinitatis Novae

Category: Neo-Latin Studies

Language: English

ISBN: 9789023245995

Publication date: January 1, 2009

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Number of pages: 504

Size: 246 x 175 x 35 mm

Stock item: 106415

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The Latin verse of the Scottish physician and surgeon Archibald Pitcairne (1652-1713) was once well-known for its quality and for its support of the exiled British royal family of Stuart. Almost paradoxically, it also reflects the new world of Newtonian science.
All his poetry is occasional, with a distinctive, often sardonic, turn of phrase. Selections were published in the eighteenth century, one afterwards included as an appendix to his collected medical writings.
This is the first complete, critical edition and includes some recent discoveries. The editors have used all surviving texts, MS and printed. This edition of sources supplements the volume of Agricola’s letters (BLN, 2002) and is preceded by a useful survey of all biographical information now at our disposal. Thus it fills a gap in our knowledge about a great man of letters, while correcting a number of persistent misconceptions.

J. MacQueen

W. MacQueen

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