St John's College W.115

F.A. Paley's copy of Aristophanis comoediae (London, 1830)


Aristophanis comoediae accedunt perditarum fabularum fragmenta, ex recognitione et cum annotationibus Guilielmi Dindorfii vol. II (London: Black, Young and Young, 1830). Vol. II contains the Greek text of Aristophanes' Birds, Lysistrata, Women at the Thesmophoria, Frogs, Assemblywomen, and Wealth, together with fragments drawn from various sources including Athenaeus, Photius and Pollux. The volume is interleaved (with the exception of pages 463-542, part of the Fragmenta) and the interleaved pages bear annotations in a single, neat hand. The annotations are particularly heavy for Lysistrata, Frogs, Assemblywomen, and Wealth.

An inscription inside the upper board reads 'F.A. Paley St John's Coll. Camb. 1837', and 'F. Paley' also appears on the front flyleaf. Frederick Apthorp Paley (1815-88) studied at St John's College, graduating BA in 1838. He worked as a private tutor at Cambridge (1860-74) before serving as professor of classical literature at the Catholic University College in Kensington (1874-7). He wrote several successful commentaries on classical works, in particular on Aeschylus and Euripides. See ODNB.

Manuscript extra information

280 x 230 mm. iv, 542 p. + interleaved pages. Paper. Binding of cloth over boards; boards loose and spine wanting.

From the library of Edward Ernest Sikes (1867-1940). Placed in the College Library by Mr J.G. Sikes, Aug. 1940.