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Decimus Junius Juvenalis, and Aulus Persius Flaccus translated and illustrated, as well with sculpture as notes By Barten Holyday
Oxford: W. Downing for F. Oxlad Senior, J. Adams, and F. Oxlad Junior, 1673. Hardcover. First Barten Holyday translation of Juvenal. Folio. pp. [12], 341, [3]. Including 49 engraved illustrations with the notes and 4 fold out plates. The first title page is printed in red and black. The “Satyres of Flaccus” contains a separate title [Oo3]. Oddly, the notes or “illustrations to the first satyre” appear on p. 82 following the fifth satire and its accompanying notes. The pages in signatures P and Q are bound out of order, but all is accounted for. No vertical half-title is present on the last leaf. Bound in full period calf (showing rubbing and wear) with blind stamped panels on the front and rear covers. Spine head and tail caps are neatly restored. An armorial bookplate (dated 1810) is pasted on the inside front cover. Interior pages are generally clean with occasional light marginal spotting. Barten Holyday’s English translation of Persius Flaccus was first published in 1616. However, his translation of Juvenal was only published posthumously (1673) by his step-son William Dewey along with a reissue of the Persius translation. Holyday produced an almost literal translation of Juvenal’s works. The English poet John Dryden praised Holyday (in a backhanded way) for the accuracy of his work while at the same time criticizing him for his inability to capture Juvenal’s poetic voice. The extensive commentaries, however, contain much scholarly information. The engraved illustrations depict various classical scenes, artifacts and architecture. Decimus Junius Juvenalis was a Roman poet and satirist writing at the dawn of the second century c.e. His 16 satires mock the corruption, licentiousness, crime and greed of Roman society in his day. Aulus Persius Flaccus was a Stoic satirist of the first century c.e. who’s satires are known to have contained veiled and unflattering references to the Roman emperor Nero. [ESTC R12290; Moss II, p 170; Schweiger II, p. 515].
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