1673 Decimus Junius Juvenalis, and Aulus Persius Flaccus Translated, (richly) Illustrated; translated to English, with notes by Holyday.


A delightful, English language, illustrated 1673 printing, with the Satyrs of Juvenalis and Persius Flaccus. Richly illustrated, with many oddities, but also some quite well-executed illustrations, and three fold-outs.

I count roughly 48 in-text illustrations (hard to count, because sometimes they're side-by-side and unsure if it's one or two engravings). There are three fold-outs and one full page (non-paginated) illustration of an arena (that's trimmed at the bottom edge, to fit, so it was likely meant to be a fold-out also).

Several maps (including one of the fold-outs) found this book previously in the collection of a map collector.

Although well-worn, it's filled with delightful tidbits from the early owners, including their names doodled into the margins.

And and Holyday's notes are enjoyable. For example, on page 200 you'll find a lengthy breakdown of the ancient origins of "the bird", or showing someone your middle finger.

Physical Attributes -

Measures approx. 28 x 18.5 x 2.5 cm, 4to. Leather spine and corners with marbled paper boards. Illustrated, and fold-outs.

Pages - flyleaf, title page, a2, b2, 341, (1), flyleaf

Signatures - title page, a2, b2, B4 to Z4, UU4, Xx3

This copy does not have the rare Xx4, which is a half-title with the title printed vertically (seldom seen).

Condition -

See pictures. Old binding (possibly contemporary) well worn, and leather dry. Joints/hinges cracked, binding cords retaining the boards. Wear and chipping to leather/marbled paper at edges. A few rubs. Despite condition, retains a respectable air of antiquity. Some cracking on spine, with loss of gilt decoration to spine. Spine chipped at top endband, endband still in place. Pencil "t1" on pastedown.

Toning, foxing, thumbing throughout. Title pages has some creases, several small ink stains, chipping at bottom edge, and corner loss (see picture, no text affected). Pencil note on verso of title page ("Juvenal & Persius") has ghosted onto facing page (preface). Some dog-earing.

Yellow spot (1 cm) on 2/3). Ink smudge on 3, and ink note "32" in margin. "G-111" at top of 11. 1" tear botttom 28. Corner tear 29/30, a little text affected. Occasional errant ink marks, fire ember spot hole. 3" tear 71. Edge tears bottom 121. Arena trimmed bottom edge. "Charles (G?)eron" in margin of 142. 4" tear bottom of 178. Corner chip 185. A few tears around edges of 197/198 that do go into the illustrations. 3" tear bottom 217. Monograms written at top of 218. 3" tear bottom of 221. Chip bottom 273. Occasional edge chip or tear throughout. 299/300 bound in front of 301/302. 4" tear bottom 316. Cool old repair to 321 tear, very well done. "Praise the Lord" written in old hand on 340. "Dr. Holaday" written in ink at verso of 341.

Despite the wear of time, this book appears to be complete (textually and illustrations) and is enjoyable to peruse; the signs of time only give you a feel of shared history.

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