S. Horatii Flacci, Qu? Supersunt, Recensuit Et Notulis
8vo. 5.5 x 8.5 inches. Vol. Prius, viii + 186 pp. +  pp. notes; Vol. Posterius, [ii] + 168 pp. +  pp. notes with errata slip pasted in at end. Text in Latin. Bound in red straight grained crushed morocco, gilt, with decorative gilt borders on boards; spine in compartments with raised bands, decorated gilt. Inner dentelles. Marbled endpapers. All edges gilt. Slight age wear to extremities and a little spotting of preliminaries and fly leaves; otherwise a very good crisp copy. Armourial bookplates of Viscount Birkenhead and of the Vernon family. Illustrated by 4 engraved plates, including 2 portrait bust frontispieces. The works of Horace are included in the following order: Four books of Carminum (Odes), Epodon (Epodes), Carmen s?culare (Song of the Ages), two books of Sermonum (or Satir?), two books of the Epistolarum and the De arte poetica. Quintus Horatius Flaccus (65 BC-8 BC) fought on the losing side at Philippi, but was later reconciled with Augustus and settled on an estate at Tivoli. He is considered to be one of the greatest Latin poets. An edition edited by Gilbert Wakefield (1756-1801), scholar and writer on political reform and religion. Educated at Cambridge, he graduated in 1776 and took orders, but left the church to become a Unitarian. He was a tutor in classics in Dissenting academies, defended the French Revolution and was imprisoned for writing a seditious pamphlet. This handsomely bound copy was owned by F. E. Smith, later 1st Earl of Birkenhead (1872-1930), notable barrister and Conservative politician, holding high office. Its acquisition by Birkenhead may perhaps be dated to 1921-22 as he held the title Viscount (between those of Baron and Earl) only during this period. The book was also in the ownership of the illustrious Vernon family, which had numerous branches. (ESTC T46155).
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