‘Horace en vers françois’. 

[France, c. 1760.] 

Manuscript on paper, in French and Latin, 8vo (195 x 130 mm), pp. [5], 336, [3]; neatly written in brown ink in a single hand, c. 17 lines per page; lightly toned, drops of red wax and small hole to p. 222; very good in contemporary French red morocco, triple fillet gilt border and frame to covers, cornerpieces, spine in compartments lettered and decorated in gilt, edges gilt, marbled endpapers; small losses to spine, some wear to corners, light marks to covers; various names incribed to endpapers: ‘de Gaill’, ‘C. Minguet Desjumeaux’, ‘De La Coudraye’, ‘Baucher’, and ‘ex optimis Laisné’; armorial bookplate of ‘Mr A. G-Du Plessis’ to front pastedown.


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A seemingly unpublished handsome eighteenth-century manuscript comprising selections from Horace’s Odes, Epodes, Satires, Epistles, and Ars Poetica in the original Latin with accompanying French translation by an unidentified author. 

Odes I.1, for example (‘Maecenas atavis edite regibus, o et praesidium et dulce decus meum’), is here rendered freely, ‘Illustre sang des rois que le Toscan réuere, Mécene, de ma muse et l’honneur, et le pere’.  While ‘carpe diem quam minimum credula postero’, from Odes I.11, is translated as ‘Jouis du jour present sans t’attendre a demain’. 

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