Horace

Omnia poemata (1562)

- showing John Donne's [cropped] signature at bottom right, and motto at top right -

Horace, Omnia poemata

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  This copy of Horace belonged to the English poet John Donne (1572-1631) and carries his signautre and motto on the title page, as well as annotations made in the margins inside the book. The description below was provided by the Donne scholar Hugh Adlington, who has written an article about Donne's ownership of this book.

Horace's works, with collected commentary (including scholia as well as sixteenth-century editors). Donne's signature and motto on title-page, partially cropped due to rebinding in the eighteenth century. Many of Donne's characteristic marginal pencil marks are present in the pages containing Horace's Odes (sigs a1r-bivr, c7r-c8r); the texts marked, however, are the Latin prose commentaries rather than the Odes themselves. The pages containing Ars Poetica (sigs qiiiv-uiiv) and the first three Satires (up to sig. xvr) contain marginal annotations in brown ink, partially cropped, with a density rarely found in books owned by Donne. The majority of the notes are citational rather than interpretative, however, and are related to the commentaries rather than to Horace's text (though parts of the latter are carefully underlined). Horace's Satire 1.9, widely acknowledged to be the basis for the general plan of Donne's fourth satire, is unmarked. The volume is signed 1733 by Richard Warner (1713?-75), botanist and literary scholar, and was donated by him in 1775 to Wadham College, Oxford.

Text kindly provided by Hugh Adlington