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The Index Expurgatorius of Martial, Literally Translated; Comprising All The Epigrams Hitherto Omitted By English Translators. To Which Is Added An Original Metrical Version and Copious Explanatory Notes
Printed for Private Circulation, London, 1868. A very scarce work being a collection of banned erotic passage from ancient poetry. The intention of this work, privately published, is to present these passages as a form of social commentary of the debauchery of ancient Rome. A very scarce work. Printed for Private Circulation. This copy is number 51 of 150. This copy has been rebound with additional lined pages interspersed with the text, seemingly for note taking. Institutionally, this work is held at Oxford University, the British Library, Durham University, King's College London and The British Museum. An 'Index Expurgatorius' is a collection of books of works banned by the Catholic Church, and not permitted to be read by it's members. This particular work focuses on erotic passages from ancient poetry. A potentially scandalous work to a 19th century readership, the work defends its own publication in the address to the reader that states that 'the abnormal vices of a highly civilised though extraordinarily demoralized society from an interesting and important study for the historian, moralist, or legislator.' A scarce work, this copy features both the original and English translations of these passages, alongside epigrams omitted by English translators, and copious explanatory notes. In a half morocco binding, with cloth covered boards and a gilt top edge. Externally excellent, with minor shelf wear. Very minor offsetting to the extremities of the front and rear endpapers. Light spots to the fore edge. Internally firmly bound. Pages are bright with the very occasional sp … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Rooke Books PBFA [Bath, United Kingdom]
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