Caedmonis monachi Paraphrasis poetica: genesios ac praecipuarum sacrae paginae historiarum
Franciscus Junius (1591-1677), a Dutch scholar reared in the tradition of the Leiden humanists, was effectively the founding father of early Germanic studies. This volume, known as the Caedmon, was the first edition ever of a volume of Old English poetry. The edition is based on one of the most prized books left by Junius to Oxford University, containing the biblical poems, Genesis, Exodus, Daniel, and Christ and Satan. Junius's edition was a pioneering achievement and the text is reproduced in this facsimile edition. It was the first book to make extensive use of the Anglo-Saxon types which Junius had specially cut at his own expense, and which were subsequently used for a number of books printed by Oxford University Press. Included with the edition is Junius's little-known handwritten commentary, in which a number of his palmary emendations were first proposed. Peter J. Lucas provides a discussion of Junius's life and work, the book and its impact. This volume is of interest to all serious students and scholars of Old English, the historiography of Germanic studies, and of the scholarly recovery of Anglo-Saxon and its early appearances in print.
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