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HORACE
[Works. Selections. English & Latin. Davidson. 1746]
The odes, epodes, and carmen seculare of Horace, translated into English prose, as near the original as the different idioms of the Latin and English languages will allow. With the Latin text and order of construction in the opposite page, and critical, historical, geographical, and classical notes, in English; from the best commentators both ancient and modern. And a preface to each ode, illustrating its difficulties, and shewing its several ornaments and design. ... For the use of schools as well as of private gentlemen. The third edition.
London: printed for Joseph Davidson, 1746.
[2], xxxviii, 193, 202--335, 256--427, 498--508, [2] p., engr. frontis. ; 19.5 cm. (8º)

Originally published in 1741. Later published as vol. I of The works of Horace, translated into English prose, ... The fourth edition (ESTC t52763). The names of the editor and translator are not indicated. Parallel English and Latin texts with the dedication, preface, the life of Horace, and notes in English, and Royal licence dated February 1741--2 opposite title-page. The first pp. 257--335 are in square brackets. The frontispiece by T. Finney after J. Davidson is dated 1747. Title-page printed in red and black. Publisher's advertisements on final leaf. ESTC t195542.

Copy Notes Inscribed in pencil on first pastedown 2 vols. 9/-, and uniformly bound as vol. I of a set with Davidson's edition of The satires, epistles, and art of poetry of Horace ..., 1748 (q.v.). Inscribed in ink on front free-endpaper John Soane. Some pencil references in Soane's hand on both sides of front free-endpaper, the last a reference to p. 316 Dulce est desipere in loco. Soane later used this passage from Horace's twelfth ode in his Description of the Monk's Parlour of his Museum.

Binding C18th sprinkled calf, gilt double-ruled borders and spine, red morocco spine-label.

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