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Basia: or, the Charms of Kissing. Translated from the Latin of Catullus and Secundus, and the Greek of Menage.
London: Printed, and sold by T. Bickerton, at the Crown in Pater-Noster-Row, 1719. - 38, [2]pp., 8vo. With a final errata leaf, the corrections made to the text in a contemporary hand. A little marginal browning, but a fine and attractive copy in red morocco-backed cloth by Sangorski and Sutcliffe, spine gilt-lettered. First edition, the attribution to Tooly is from Richard Rawlinson s manuscript collections for a new edition of Wood s Athenae Oxonienses. These are imitations of some of the more erotic verses in the classical and neo-classical canon, e.g.: Haste then, my Love, while Lips to Lips we join, Let Thy sweet Breath preserve Thy life, and Mine: With Raptures spent, yet raging with Desire, Involv d in mutual Folds, we ll both expire: We ll sink United to the Shades below, Like Streams, that mingling in one Current flow. Foxon, English Verse 1701-1750, p. 815. Three editions were published within a year, and at least the second edition, which I was able to compare with this one, was reset and not a reissue. ESTC locates this first edition at the Bodleian, Trinity College Cambridge, Edinburgh, and Huntington. OCLC adds National Library of Scotland, Trinity Dublin, Latrobe, and Minnesota. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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