The Wonders of the Peak

Free public full-text for Thomas Hobbes’s book De Mirabilibus Pecci: being The Wonders of the Peak in Darby-shire (1678), a poem giving an account of the philosopher Hobbes’s tour of the Peak District in 1626. Written in Latin, with an English version.

By its own country Metal [mined lead] is led on
Captive to rocks of artificial stone.

There was also a later book-poem imitative of Hobbes, The Wonders of the Peake (1725), which is also online for free. This was in English only and was by Charles Cotton (The Compleat Angler) — who repeated Hobbes’s journey in the opposite direction.


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