The Satirs of Aulus Persius Flaccus, translated into English Prose; together with the Original Latin, and illustrated with Annotations… by Mr John Senhouse.

  • Persius
  • London: Printed by E. Cave, for the Author 1730
  • ESTC T115959.


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8vo, pp. xxx, [ii], 177, [39]. Several woodcut illustrations within the text. Contemporary sprinkled sheep, boards bordered with a double gilt rule. A few spots, one small wormtrack in lower gutter at beginning. Neatly rebacked, some pitting to boards and tidy restoration to edges. Purchase inscription to flyleaf: ‘Bot at Mr Caves Sale Apr. 1819’.


A rare translation of the satires of Persius (somewhat unusual to find without Juvenal's works), in facing pages of Latin verse and English prose. Little seems to be recorded of John Senhouse, though the title-page indicates that he moved from Seascale in Cumbria to Penzance sometime before 1730. The purchase note is intriguing: Edward Cave, who printed the volume the year before he founded the Gentleman's Magazine, died in 1754; his nephew Richard continued to be involved in his business but died in 1766; it is not clear which Cave's could have taken place in 1819. In any case, few copies of this volume survive: ESTC locates seven (BL, Edinburgh, Oxford, TCD, Leeds, Harvard, and UPenn).

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