Seneca, Juvenal and Persius: translation and selections, by Sir Edward Dering

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      GB 206 Brotherton Collection MS Lt q 29
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      English Latin
  • Physical Description
      25 ff. The signatures (of which one ownership inscription of Dering's is in Greek) include at the English end of the volume a few of (?) "John Egond" and/or "John Fendel". From the Latin end, ff.3-6 (part of Juvenal's satires) are paged 1-8, apparently by Dering. Ff.17-25 from the Latin end exist only as torn fragments, that of f.18 bearing further inscribed words on recto. F.1 from the Latin end, conjugate with f.1 from the English end, is also a torn fragment, bearing what may be a large J or a flourish. Possibly in another (rough) hand are numerals for the Juvenal satires, and the title-heading for the eighth of these (written first, Latin end f.3).

Scope and Content

From the English end: f.1r (cover): signatures, etc.; f.2r: translation of Seneca, "Of providence", ending f.15. From the Latin end: f.2r (cover): mottoes, signatures, etc.; f.2v (cover): title of next section, mottoes, signatures; ff.3r-14r: Latin excerpts from Juvenal satires; ff.14v-15r: Latin excerpts from Persius satires 1-6; f.16: Latin excerpts from Seneca tragedies: "Hercules Furens", Act I (incomplete); The Seneca translation is dated from Dublin, 27 October 1665, the Juvenal satire excerpts from Holyhead, 11 October 1665, and the Persius excerpts from Dublin, 19 November 1665. There are also several alphabets.

Administrative / Biographical History

Sir Edward Dering, politician and scholar, was born at in 1625 at Pluckley in Kent, the only son of Sir Edward Dering and his second wife, Anne Ashburnham. Educated at Cambridge University, he was admitted to the Middle Temple in 1641. He inherited the baronetcy following the death of his father in 1644. After first being elected to Parliament as MP for Lisburn, he later represented the boroughs of East Retford (1670) and Hythe (1678). In 1662 he was appointed as one of the Commissioners for the Act of Settlement in Ireland and later succeeded Sir James Ware as Auditor-General for Ireland. He held other offices of state including Lord Commissioner of the Privy Seal. He was married in 1648 to Mary Harvey, (sister of the distinguished physician William Harvey). He died in 1684 and was buried at Pluckley.

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Purchased from Hatchwell, November 1973


In English and Latin