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The Works of John Dryden, Volume XX
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For the first time since 1695, a complete text of De Arte Graphica as Dryden himself wrote it is available to readers. In all, Volume XX presents six pieces written during Dryden's final decade, each of them either requested by a friend or commissioned by a publisher. Two are translations, three introduce translations made by others, and the sixth introduces an original work by one of Dryden's friends.

The most recent version of De Arte Graphica, Saintsbury's late nineteenth-century reissue of Scott's edition, based the text of the translated matter on an edition that was heavily revised by someone other than Dryden. In fact, only one of the pieces offered here, the brief Character of Saint-Evremond, has appeared complete in a twentieth-century edition. The commentary in this volume supplies biographical and bibliographical contexts for these pieces and draws attention to the views on history and historians, poetry and painting, Virgil and translation, which Dryden expresses in them.

Many other volumes of prose, poetry, and plays are available in the California Edition of The Works of John Dryden.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, Frontispiece, Copyright, Dedication, Preface
  2. pp. i-xi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. xii-xvi
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  1. Preface to A Dialogue Concerning Women
  2. pp. 1-6
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  1. A Character of Saint-Evremond
  2. pp. 7-12
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  1. A Character of Polybius and His Writings
  2. pp. 13-35
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  1. De Arte Graphica
  2. pp. 36-37
  1. A Parallel betwixt Painting and Poetry
  2. pp. 38-77
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  1. Preface of the French Author
  2. pp. 78-81
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  1. Table of Precepts
  2. pp. 82-83
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  1. The Art of Painting
  2. pp. 84-109
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  1. Observations on the Art of Painting
  2. pp. 110-197
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  1. The Judgment of Du Fresnoy on the Works of Painters
  2. pp. 198-207
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  1. The Life of Lucian
  2. pp. 208-229
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  1. The Annals of Tacitus, Book I
  2. pp. 230-294
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  1. Commentary
  2. pp. 295-404
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  1. Textual Notes
  2. pp. 405-418
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  1. Appendixes
  2. pp. 419-420
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  1. A. Charles Alphonse Dufresnoy’s De Arte Graphica
  2. pp. 421-433
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  1. B. Reflections and Notes on The Annals of Tacitus, Book I
  2. pp. 434-434
  1. I: Politick Reflections
  2. pp. 435-488
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  1. II: Historical Notes
  2. pp. 489-510
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  1. Index to the Commentary
  2. pp. 511-521
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