Titlepage of Plato’s Septem Selecti Dialogi, Dublin University Press, 1738. TT.kk.14.
The study of classical texts was a staple of university education for centuries. The Library’s holdings reflect a rich tradition of scholarship. The progress of the study of classical antiquities is abundantly illustrated in the collection.
- Virgil’s Opus, Venice, 1470 and Plutarch’s Vitae virorum illustrium, Venice, 1478. Both are printed on vellum
- Editions of Cicero, L-Annaeus Florius, Horace, Livy and Pliny
Also of interest are:
- Dozens of editions of texts published by Aldus Manutius, Plantin, and members of the Estienne family
- The elegant typography evident in works published by the Imprimerie Royal in Paris in the 17th century and by Baskerville in Birmingham in the18th century
- Works by Plato and Horace produced by the Dublin University Press in the 1730s and 1740s. These are among its earliest productions