Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Henry Guegan, 1 September 1820

To Henry Guegan

Monticello Sep. 1. 20.


I wrote to you on the 27th ult. on the subject of some books I had seen noted on a loose leaf accompanying your catalogu[e of] books for sale. I have since observed on the same leaf two othe[rs]

Patres Graeci. 21. vols. 8vo 45. D

Patres Latini. 13. vols 8vo 28.D.

being unacquainted with these editions, will you be so good as to take the trouble to describe them to me in the following partic[ulars?]

of what particular fathers do they contain the works?

are there translations to the Greek volumes?

are there notes, and by whom?

when & where were they printed?

what is the binding & condition of the volumes?

on recieving information of these particulars, I shall b[e] able to decide whether it will suit me to take them.

I salute you with sentiments of respect.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (MHi); on verso of reused address cover to TJ; mutilated at seal and edge trimmed, with five words rewritten by TJ; at foot of text (faint): “M. Hen[r]y Guigan”; endorsed by TJ.

patres graeci: Franz Oberthür, ed., Opera Omnia Sanctorum Patrum Græcorum: Græce et Latine, 21 vols. (Würzburg, 1777–94). patres latini: Oberthür, ed., Opera Omnia Sanctorum Patrum Latinorum, 13 vols. (Würzburg, 1780–91).

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  • Guegan, Henry (Louis Henri Guégan); and books for TJ search
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  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books & Library; catalogues from booksellers search
  • Latin language; works in search
  • Oberthür, Franz; editsOpera Omnia Sanctorum Patrum Græcorum search
  • Oberthür, Franz; editsOpera Omnia Sanctorum Patrum Latinorum search
  • Opera Omnia Sanctorum Patrum Græcorum (ed. F. Oberthür) search
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