De Mirabilibus Pecci - Going underground p.76

Here the explorers make their hazardous way through the cave and its underground rivers. Stalactites are described as the cave's 'snaky hair'. They do not attempt to journey to the mountain's highest points, leaving that adventure to others ‘bolder by far than we’.

About De Mirabilibus Pecci


This poem is entitled De Mirabilibus Pecci, and was written by the Enlightenment philosopher Thomas Hobbes. Hobbes toured the Peak District in 1626, and the poem describes the wonders of his experiences.

The poem was first published in 1636. This version includes the original Latin and an English translation by 'a Person of Quality'. It appeared in 1678.

Hobbes' 'Wonders' include Chatsworth House, Peak Cavern (popularly known as the Devil's Arse), St Anne's Well, Buxton, Eldon Hole and Tideswell.



Taken from: De Mirabilibus Pecci : Wonders of the Peaks in Darbyshire
Author / Creator: Thomas Hobbes, translated by 'a Person of Quality '
Publisher: Crook, William
Date: 1678
Copyright: By permission of the British Library Board
Shelfmark: 1076.g.17.(1)