Paris, Robert Estienne, 1544 [i.e. 1545 (colophon)].

8vo, pp. 150, [2]; with printer’s device on title page, guide letters for capitals; even, light browning, occasional spotting, small hole to head margin of title; a good copy in contemporary vellum, flat spine gilt in compartments with fleurons, red morocco lettering piece, chipped; inscription on front free endpaper ‘Ex libris W.D. Hogarth e Coll B.V.M. Winton Scholaris MCMXVIII’, and more recently from the library of the late Prof. John Barron, Director of the Institute of Classical Studies, London.


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First edition thus, ‘the earliest attempt at printing variant readings in an edition of Juvenal & Persius’ (Schreiber). For this edition Estienne used the new italic type cut for him by Claude Garamond and inaugurated the year before with the first volumes of the nine-volume Cicero. ‘The text is based on new collations of ancient manuscripts, whose variant readings are recorded in an appendix’ (Schreiber).

The inscription in this copy shows that it was acquired by the young William David Hogarth (1901-1965), son of the archaeologist and traveller David George, while at Winchester school. Hogarth was later Secretary to the Athlone Press of the University of London.

Adams J778; Morgan, Persius, 149; Renouard, Annales, p.64, no.13; Schreiber 81.

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