HORACE. Works. London, Jacob Tonson, 1699.
4to. Spanish calf, gilt border designs to upper and lower boards, intricate gilt floral designs to spine, 6 raised bands, red spine label; pp. viii, 479; rubbed and faded in places, with some external cracking to hinges, repair to [i] and lacking lower half of p.479.
Horace was, along with Virgil, one of the leading Roman poets in the time of Emperor Augustus. His surviving works include satires, poems and books of letters. Many Latin phrases coined in his poems remain in use today, such as “carpe diem” (“seize the day”), “dulce et decorum est pro patria mori” (“it is sweet and fitting to die for one’s country”), “nunc est bibendum” (“now we must drink”), “sapere aude” (“dare to be wise”) and “aurea mediocritas” (“golden mean”). This edition of his works is in Latin, containing his satires, verse, Ars Poetica, et al.