The Odes, Epodes, and Carmen Seculare of Horace. Translated into…

The Odes, Epodes, and Carmen Seculare of Horace. Translated into English Verse. by BOSCAWEN, William.

~ The Odes, Epodes, and Carmen Seculare of Horace. Translated into English Verse. London: Printed for John Stockdale... 1793.

8vo (206 × 120 mm), pp. xli, [3], 531, [1]; a few paper flaws to upper forecorners, often touching pagination, but without loss; modern quarter calf, gilt; inscription to head of title ‘Tho[mas] Boydell 1795.’

Sole edition. William Boscawen was principally a lawyer, but as nephew to Admiral Edward Boscawen, husband of Frances, the eminent Bluestocking hostess, he also had aspirations as a writer. ‘He was much attached to literary pursuits, and translated first the Odes, Epodes, and Carmen seculare of Horace (1793), then the Satires, Epistles, and Art of Poetry (1797), the notes for which he was indebted to Dr Foster of Eton College... He was also a contributor to the Gentleman's Magazine, and to the British Critic. In 1812 T. J. Mathias deprecated Boscawen's translating skills as displaying an “unresisting imbecility”’ (Oxford DNB).

This copy bears an ownership inscription of Thomas Boydell, quite probably the engraver, brother of the more famous John Boydell. Jackson, p. 184.

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