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[DRYDEN, John]. JUVENAL. PERSIUS. The satyrs of Decimus Junius Juvenalis: and of Aulus Persius Flaccus. Translated into English verse By Mr. Dryden, And several Eminent Hands...

London. Printed for J. Tonson, 1735. Sixth edition.
8vo. cxi, [1], 296pp. With an engraved frontispiece and a further 23 engraved plates. Contemporary gilt-ruled calf, red morocco lettering-piece. Extremities rubbed, joints split, loss to lettering-piece and head and foot of spine, later paper label reading 'Revesby Abbey bed rooms.' to upper board. Armorial bookplate of James Banks Stanhope to FEP (obscuring earlier armorial bookplate).
A mid-eighteenth century edition of a complete translation of Juvenal's satires by various hands and a complete translation of Persius done by poet John Dryden (1631-1700) alone. Dryden was additionally responsible for the translation of satires I, III, VI, X, and XVI of Juvenal, selecting his fellow translators for the remainder, including Nahum Tate, William Congreve, and his sons Charles and John. Dryden moreover provided a substantial preface, the 'Discourse concerning the original and progress of satire', in which he presented a history of the genre, a critique of its principal Latin practitioners, and reflections on its modern use. The work was first published in 1693.

James Banks Stanhope (1821-1904), British Conservative Party politician, resident of Revesby Abbey, Lincolnshire, and a relative of botanist Sir Joseph Banks (1743-1820), famed for sailing under Captain James Cook aboard HMS Endeavour.
£ 125.00 Antiquates Ref: 23270