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Francis Philip; The Works of Horace

SKU: Francis Philip AB0601039 $59.00
The Works of Horace translated by Philip Francis D.D. to which is prefixed the life of the translator printed by Ellerton and Byworth Johnson trades Court Fleet Street London for J. Walker Paternoster Row London & J. Harris St. Paul trades Churchyard London: et al in 1807. With steel engraved frontispiece and vignette on TP. Full calf with gilt decorative boarder inside a gilt thick and thin rule boarder front and back boards. The front board is detached. Six compartment spine separated by decorative gilt bands with five debossed gilt lozenges which are faded. The title block is gone and the leather has split down the center of the spine. There is a .5 cm. x 3 cm. leather loss along the back top hinge. Corner bumps shelf-wear scuffs and edge-wear are LESS than consistent with age. Binding is tight. Green pastedowns and end sheet. Second front end paper has small 1 cm. x 1.5 cm. Lshaped worm hole in the top outside edge corner. There is a period owners name in ink on the third front end paper. 360 white to off-white pages without foxing spotting tear or loss. Marbled page edges around. Text is complete. Volume measures: 7.3 cm. x 13.3 cm. (32mo). This volume is a candidate for recovering. Otherwise the pages are superlative and do not reflect age. Outstanding Latin lyric poet and satirist. The most frequent themes in Horace's ODES and verse EPISTLES are love pleasures of friendship and simple life and the art of poetry. When writings of a number of other Roman poets disappeared after the fall of the Roman empire Horace's ''Oeuvre'' survived and deeply influenced Western literature. In his own time Horace could boast that his ARS POETICA was sold on the banks of the Bosphorus in Spain in Gaul and in Africa. Horace's works were often autobiographical and dealt with moral and political issues. In his EPODES Horace suggested leaving Rome to find a new Golden Age in the distant islands in the Altantic. In the ''Secular Hymn'' Horace expresses his approval of Augustus' reforms and in the fourth book of the ''Odes'' he reflects on the inevitability of death - ''Time's winged chariot hurrying near'' was his recurrent reverse side of poems praising simple pleasures. In the famous ''Soracte ode'' he advises to defy the chill of winter by drinking good wine and to enjoy life. Several poems dealt with the complexities of love: ''To whom now Pyrrha art thou kind? / To what heart-ravish Lover / Dost thou thy golden Locks unbind / Thy hidden sweet discover / And with large bounty open set / All the bright stores of the rich Cabinet?'' To Horace's disappointment the Roman public did not receive the poems as warmly as he hoped. Horace defended himself: ''I don't go on the hunt for the votes of a fickle public by giving dinners... I listen to good writers and return their compliment but I don't canvas the tribes of literary critics.'' Horace's ARS POETICA had much influence on Western poetry. His works were copied throughout the dark age and quoted by early Christian writers among them St. Jerome. His lyric meters were used by Prudentius and other hymn composers. Dante listed Horace in his Divine Comedy third among poets after Homer and Virgil. Contents include: Life of the Translator: Odes Book I: Odes Book II: Odes Book III: Odes Book IV: Odes Book V: The Secular Poem: Satires Book I Satires Book II: Epistles Book I: Epistles Book II: & The Art of Poetry. Quintus Horatius Flaccus (Venusia 8 December 65 BC Rome 27 November 8 BC) known is the English-speaking world as Horace was the leading Roman lyric poet during the time of Augustus. One of his greatest quotes is: How sweet and fitting it is to die for one trades country.Born in the small town of Venusia in the border region between Apulia and Lucania Horace was the son of a freed slave who owned a small farm in Venusia and later moved to Rome to work as a coactor(a middleman between buyers and sellers at auctions receiving 1 percent of the purchase price from each for his services). The elder Horace was able to spend considerable money on his son trades education accompanying him first to Rome for his primary education and then sending him to Athens to study Greek and philosophy. The poet later expressed his gratitude in a tribute to his father: If my character is flawed by a few minor faults but is otherwise decent and moral if you can point out only a few scattered blemishes on an otherwise immaculate surface if no one can accuse me of greed or of prurience or of profligacy if I live a virtuous life free of defilement (pardon for a moment my self-praise) and if I am to my friends a good friend my father deserves all of the creditAs it is now he deserves from me unstinting gratitude and praise. I could never be ashamed of such a father nor do I feel any need as many people do to apologize for being a freedman trades son.Satires 1.6.65-92. After the assassination of Julius Caesar Horace joined the army serving under the generalship of Brutus. He fought as a staff officer (tribunas militum) in the battle of Philippi. Alluding to famous literary models he later claimed that he saved himself by throwing away his shield and fleeing. When an amnesty was declared for those who had fought against the victorious Octavian (later Augustus) Horace returned to Italy only to find his estate confiscated: his father likely having died by then. Horace claims that he was reduced to poverty. Nevertheless he had the means to gain a profitable lifetime appointment as a scriba quaestorius an official of the Treasury which allowed him to practice his poetic art. Horace was a member of a literary circle that included Virgil and Lucius Varius Rufus who introduced him to Maecenas friend and confidant of Augustus. Maecenas became his patron and close friend and presented Horace with an estate near Tibur in the Sabine Hills (contemporary Tivoli). He died in Rome a few months after the death of Maecenas at age 57. Upon his death bed having no heirs Horace relinquished his farm to his friend the emperor Augustus for imperial needs and it stands today as a spot of pilgrimage for his admirers.