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Delphin Edition

of the Latin classics. A name given to an edition of the classic authors, prepared by thirty-nine eminent scholars of the time for the use of the Dauphin (Delphinus) of France, the son of Louis XIV. The original editors of the whole were Bossuet and Huet, the Dauphin's tutors. The whole edition consists of sixty-four quarto volumes, and appeared at intervals from 1674 to 1730. The title-pages bear the words, “Ad Usum Serenissimi Delphini.” The editors saw fit to expurgate all passages that appeared to them objectionable, and carried this process to absurd lengths, so that ad usum Delphini has passed into a phrase to denote that any

Delphini. (From a Bas-relief.)

thing has been much Bowdlerized. For some curious details on this head see Larousse, Dictionnaire du XIX<hi rend=superscript>e</hi> Siècle, s. v. “Ad Usum Delphini.”

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