Extra engraved title, printed title page in red and black. 263 pages + indices. 4to, contemporary gilt vellum over boards (vellum warped and detached from foredge and top of front board; t.p.s frayed; many pp. dog-eared and shaken). Leiden: Samuel Luchtmans, 1727. BOUND WITH: (HARE, Francis). Epistola Critica ad Eruditissimum Virum H. B. ... In qua Omnes doctissimi Bentleji in Phaedrum Notae atque Emendationes expenduntur. 93pp. n.p., n.d. (Leiden, 1727). ALSO WITH: SCHACHT, Hermanno Oosterdyk, ed. Oratio Funebris in Obitum ... Petri Burmanni. 74pp. 4to, Lugduni Batavorum: Samuel Luchtmans, 1741.
The celebrated Burman edition of Phaedrus, "Edition fort estimee, surtout a cause de la preface critique contre Bentley." Brunet IV, p. 588. "I have carefully read over Burman's edition of Phaedrus," says Harwood, "and it is very correct and does great honour to the singular erudition and critical acumen of that great man." -- Dibdin II, 281. Erudition aside, this volume seems to be the product of intense scholarly squabbling between the great English classicist Richard Bentley and his rivals, of which Burman was one. Apparently, Bentley's inclusion of Phaedrus in his Terence of 1726 led to a falling out between Bentley and Burman, who had been planning this present edition of Phaedrus himself. Bentley had hastily published the Phaedrus to score points against another erstwhile friend, Francis Hare, later Bishop of Chichester) whose 1724 edition of Terence had been compiled with information he had obtained from Bentley, and issued prior to one projected by the latter. Hare subsequently retaliated against Bentley's Phaedrus with his caustic 1726 Epistola Critica, which is here reprinted. "The letter is in Latin, and is not only very scarce, but considered to be a very fine piece of classical criticism." (Dibdin II, p. 281). The third portion of this volume is comprised of funeral orations and inscriptions, written by various authors, in Latin and Dutch, on the occasion of Burman's death in 1741.