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Editions of Juvenal to 1600

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10 July 2020.

Bibliography of editions
of the Satires of Juvenal
published in Europe
up to the year 1600

David Shaw

The Satires of Juvenal (Decimus Iunius Iuvenalis, 55? A.D. – 138? A.D.) were a constant part of the reading matter of the European Renaissance and were regularly studied in schools and colleges, especially in the sixteenth century, even if they were less popular than the poems of Vergil or the comedies of Terence.

This educational need was facilitated by the newly emergent printing industry. The earliest recorded printed edition of Juvenal was produced in 1468 or 1469, probably in Rome. By the end of the sixteenth century, at least 206 editions of the full text, selections, commentaries and translations of Juvenal had been produced for sale in 43 towns in 9 (modern) countries across Europe.

This wiki presents entries for these editions, many with images and links to digitised copies. Each entry includes a link to a PDF file with a traditional bibliographical description of the edition. A full census of surviving copies is given; please report any further copies for addition to the wiki.

The wiki has been implemented using MediaWiki and Semantic MediaWiki software. This facilitates automated indexing by a multiplicity of categories, e.g. printers, booksellers, towns, commentators, libraries, formats and much more. The Contents page provides links for a rich variety of searches which the wiki can make.

A quick index to the editions, with images and links to full descriptions, is available as a single HTML page at

This project has been accepted as an electronic publication by the Bibliographical Society.


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