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Les Oeuvres d'Horace, Traduites En Francois, Avec Des Notes, et Remarques Critques Sur Tout L'ouvrage

In Ten Volumes

Translated and edited by Andr Dacier

1691 - Paris - Denys Thierry and Claude Barbin 

6.5" by 4"

 

 
 

 

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A late 17th century translated collection of works from leading Roman lyric poet, Horace.

In both French, with the original Latin to face.

"Last Edition, with original Latin reveni, corrected, and enriched by figures."

During the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, or the Age of Enlightenment, neo-classical culture was pervasive. English literature in the middle of that period has been dubbed Augustan. It is not always easy to distinguish Horace's influence during those centuries (the mixing of influences is shown for example in one poet's pseudonym, Horace Juvenal).However a measure of his influence can be found in the diversity of the people interested in his works, both among readers and authors. New editions of his works were published almost yearly. There were three new editions in 1612 (two in Leiden, one in Frankfurt) and again in 1699 (Utrecht, Barcelona, Cambridge). Cheap editions were plentiful and fine editions were also produced, including one whose entire text was engraved by John Pine in copperplate. The poet James Thomson owned five editions of Horace's work and the physician James Douglas had five hundred books with Horace-related titles. Horace was often commended in periodicals such as The Spectator, as a hallmark of good judgement, moderation and manliness, a focus for moralising. His verses offered a fund of mottoes, such as simplex munditiis, splendide mendax, sapere aude, nunc est bibendum, and carpe diem.

Adorned with beautiful wood-cut, decorative, head and tail pieces. With a delightfully engraved frontispiece to each volume, although unfortunately, lacking the last six leaves to volume five.

Uniformly bound in their original full calf bindings.

Andr Dacier was a French classical scholar and editor of texts. He began his career with an edition and commentary of Festus' De verborum significatione, and was the first to produce a "readable" text of the 20-book work. The most important of his works were his editions of Pompeius Festus and Verrius Flaccus, Aristotle's Poetics, the Electra and Oedipus Coloneus of Sophocles; Epictetus, Hippocrates, Plutarch's Lives, and this translation of Horace.

Complete in ten volumes.

CONDITION

In original full calf bindings with gilt detailing to the spines, and contemporary embellishments to the front boards. Externally, all volumes have light rubbing and minor wear to the spines. Very slight loss to the spine labels of volumes one and nine, and with the spine slightly cocked to volume five. Both joints are starting to volume one, six, and seven, with the front joint slightly starting to volume three. Rear hinge to volume five is strained. Internally, all volumes are generally firmly bound and surprisingly bright. The occasional spot throughout, and some small marginal tide marks to the endpapers of volume one, two, and four. Some ink marks to the textblock edge of volume three and ten, which do not encroach onto the text. Loss to the last seven leaves of volume five and lacking the original last six leaves- making this volume very slightly incomplete. Overall: GOOD ONLY.


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