Title: The Satires of Decimus Junius Juvenalis. ...
Publisher: Printed for Jacob Tonson; and are to be sold by Robert Knaplock, at the Angel and Crown in St. Paul's church-yard
Publication Date: 1697
Book Condition: Good
FIRST OCTAVO EDITION. xc, 501,  printed pages. 2 portraits of the authors and 16 numbered copper-engraved plates by Burgher, Sturt, M.V.G. and Vander. Uniform age-toning throughout, particularly on the plates. Dedication dated 18th August 1692. New endpapers. Title page with contemporary owner's ink stamped monogram and old short repair to closed tear at the top. 7 cm dark spear-shaped stain on page 407 from top outer corner & affecting four words of text. Pages 479-86 with decreasingly small semi-circular gap missing from bottom margin, but not affecting the text. 18 leaves extremely mildly wormed in the outer margin, so tiny it is barely notable. 13 x 20.5 cm. Rebound in full speckled, panelled calf in the style of the early 18th century; a handsome binding. Spine in five compartments with blind-rules, raised bands and red morocco label with gilt lettering. Upper and lower covers blind ruled in compartments and with four corner floral hand-tooled emblems, all within double ruled borders. John Dryden was the editor of this anthology that included translations by Dryden, Nahum Tate, William Congreve , W.Bowles, G.Stepney, Stephen Hervey, Mr. Power, and Mr. Creech. Dryden also contributes an important essay on satire in the form of a letter to the Earl of Dorset. Dryden's classical translations, which are faithful more to the spirit than to the letter of the original, were considered by his contemporaries to be his finest works and are still critically appreciated for their creativity,depth, and wit.Dryden finished his translations of the satires in 1692, when he was 61 years old, and he died in 1700, three years after this first octavo edition was published. Bookseller Inventory # 4361