Incerti Scriptoris Graeci Fabulae Aliquot Homericae de Ulixis Erroribus

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Fabulae Homericae de Ulixe

Title page from Fabulae Homericae de Ulixe, George Wythe Collection, Wolf Law Library, College of William & Mary.

Author Homer; Johannes Columbus
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Published Lugduni Batavorum: Apud P. Bonk
Date 1745
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Language Greek text and Latin translation on facing pages; subsequent notes chiefly in Latin
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Pages [16], 150, [7]
Desc. 8vo (21 cm.)
Location Shelf H-4
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Initial capital, page 69.
This collection of "an anonymous Greek writer’s allegories on the wanderings of Ulysses" or Odysseus is a translation by Johan Columbus (1640-1684), a Swedish humanist and Latin poetry professor at Upsala.[1] First published in 1678, it includes Columbus’ annotations as well as his Latin translations of the original Greek, which are laid out on opposite pages of the book.[2]

Evidence for Inclusion in Wythe's Library

Included in a shipment sent by Thomas Jefferson to Wythe in 1787. The last two pages of the enclosed letter list the "Contents of the box marked G.W. "Fabulae Homericae de Ulixe. 8vo." is among the titles in the section "for Mr. Wythe." The precise edition is unknown. Both the Brown Bibliography[3] and George Wythe's Library[4] include the 1745 edition of Incerti Scriptoris Graeci Fabulae Aliquot Homericae de Ulixis Erroribus as the edition Jefferson sent to Wythe—LibraryThing lists it as the "probable edition." Dean's Memo[5] suggests the 1754 edition. The Wolf Law Library followed the recommendations of Brown and LibraryThing and purchased the 1745 edition.

Loose page of notes, filed at page 109.

Description of the Wolf Law Library's copy

Bound in period style quarter-calf with marbled boards. Front free endpaper signed by previous owner; title page stamped "Dr. Johannes Hertel." Copy includes a loose page of manuscript notes filed at page 109.

Images of the library's copy of this book are available on Flickr. View the record for this book in William & Mary's online catalog

Inscription, front flyleaf.

See also


  1. E. Millicent Sowerby, Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson (Washington, D.C.: The Library of Congress, 1952-1959), 4:418 [no.4275].
  2. Ibid.
  3. Bennie Brown, "The Library of George Wythe of Williamsburg and Richmond," (unpublished manuscript, May, 2012) Microsoft Word file. Earlier edition available at:
  4. LibraryThing, s. v. "Member: George Wythe", accessed February 27, 2014.
  5. Memorandum from Barbara C. Dean, Colonial Williamsburg Found., to Mrs. Stiverson, Colonial Williamsburg Found. (June 16, 1975), 4 (on file at Wolf Law Library, College of William & Mary).

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