JUVENAL (Decimus Iunius Iuvenalis); PERSIUS (Aulus Persius Flaccus)
[BINDING] Satyrae. Interpretatione ac notis illustravit Ludovicus Prateus. Jussu Christianissimi regis, in usum serenissimi Delphini.
London : for R. Clavel, J. Sprint, & J. Nicholson, 1699. Octavo (195 x 120 mm), contemporary panelled calf, spine richly gilt in compartments with contrasting morocco label lettered in gilt; red sprinkled edges; front pastedown with bookplate of Lancashire bibliophile Robert J. Hayhurst, title printed in red and black, with ownership inscription ‘Adam Ottley 1702 Feb. ye 9th’; spine gently rolled, upper board with small scratch mark, front hinges superficially split but firm, some insignificant marks to margins of a few leaves; a fine copy in an attractive and well preserved binding.
The so-called Delphin series was begun in the 1670s ostensibly as a set of schoolbooks for the Dauphin, Louis, heir to Louis XIV. The Delphin Juvenal/ Persius was edited by Louis Desprez, or Prateus, and appeared in 1684. It was first printed in London in 1691. The present example is the second London edition. Numerous pirated printings were also made of this popular and useful work.