3 Annotations

First Reading

TerryF  •  Link

Re the Variorum Pepys owned

30 July 1663, Pepys picks up a *five* vol. set bound in his "common binding instead of the other which is more gaudy". L&M are *ve uncertain about the identity of this Variorum, but suggest a *six*-vol. set bound [later] in *red morocco* of *Biblia sacra polyglotta, complectentia textus originales, Hebraicum, cum Pentateucho Samaritano, Chaldaicum, Graecum,* [edited by Brian Walton], Londini: Imprimebat Thomas Roycroft, 1657. http://www.kcl.ac.uk/depsta/iss/l…

Michael Robinson  •  Link

veriorum is the genitive plural of varius

meaning:(of) various commentators or editors. The word is used often used on 16th. & C 17th. title pages mainly describing editions the of the texts of the classical authors. Hence Alexander Pope's elaborate joke producing a "Dunciad with notes Variorum ...," (1729) the text of the Dunciad itself being a parody of Virgil.

The modern use as a scholarly shorthand expression for a collection of all known textual variants appears to date from admiration for the work of Furness Sr. in his first "variorum Shakespeare" of 1871; itself not the first edition of Shakespeare produced under that title.

Log in to post an annotation.

If you don't have an account, then register here.


Chart showing the number of references in each month of the diary’s entries.