De Mirabilibus Pecci - Guide p.74

Here Hobbes and his companions hire ‘a skilful guide’ to take them into the caves near Buxton. Among other things, they hope to see the den of Pool, the famous thief, and possibly a murderer.

About De Mirabilibus Pecci


This poem entitled De Mirabilibus Pecci, is 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.

The '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)