LE SATYRICON DE T. PETRONE
Paris: C.L.F. Panckoucke, 1834-1835.
New translation by C. H. D. G. Two volumes. Tall 8vo. (iv), vii, 398p; (iv), 436p. Texts in French on the rectos facing Latin on the versos. Bound by Belz-Niedree in full red levant morocco with marbled endpapers, a.e.g., the spines gilt in six panels with the initials "EB" within decorative frames, dentelles. Fine, brilliant copies. Item #22586
From the series Bibliotheque Latine-Francaise published by par C. L. F. Panckoucke.
Robert Hoe's copy with his gilt leather bookplate. Hoe sale no. 2671.
"Tacitus depicts Petronius, the arbiter of elegance, as a man of sophisticated and luxurious tastes, lazy and inert in his ordinary life but capable of energy in public affairs. He incurred the jealousy of Tigellinus, the joint commander of the praetorian guard, who falsely denounced him as the friend of a conspirator, so that Petronius, on receiving an ominous command from the palace not to move from the house in which he was staying at Cumae, was compelled to take his own life. He dies with easy panache, after first writing out a full list of Nero's sexual irregularities, with the names attached, and making sure that the document was duly sent to the emperor under seal." (Grant. Greek and Latin Authors 800 B.C. - A. D. 1000, p. 316).