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The Love Epistles of Aristænetus: Translated from the Greek into English Metre
London: J. Wilkie, 1771. First edition. [iii]-xvi, 174 pp., lacking half-title and 1 p. publisher's advertisements. 8vo. 19th-century full red morocco, covers with central blind-stamped ornaments, spine gilt, t.e.g. Spine darkened and rubbed, a few marginal stains to text. First edition. [iii]-xvi, 174 pp., lacking half-title and 1 p. publisher's advertisements. 8vo. Sheridan family copy. A Sheridan family association copy of the first edition of Sheridan's first book, a translation of the Love Letters of Aristaenetus. This copy belonged to William Stirling-Maxwell (1818-1878) and his wife Caroline Norton (1808-1877), who was the granddaughter of Sheridan. Her father, Thomas Sheridan, was the only son of Sheridan and his first wife, Elizabeth Ann Linley. Caroline Norton wrote poetry, novels, and plays, and her campaigns for social reform led to the passing of the Custody of Infants Act in 1839, the Matrimonial Causes Act of 1857, and the Married Women's Property Act of 1870. Her first marriage, to George Chapple Norton in 1827, was an unhappy one, but she was unable to secure a divorce until his death. She did not marry the author and statesman William Stirling-Maxell until 1877, three months before her death. Aristaenetus is the reputed author of two books of so-called Love Letters which were first edited by Sambucus (Antwerp, 1566). The present translations are generally short and mildly bawdy adventures, the result of a collaboration between Halhed and his friend from his Harrow days, the 20-year-old Richard Brinsley Sheridan. Presumably, Halhed, the Orientalist, provided the translations from the Greek, and Sheridan polished the verse. Rothschild 1843; Williams, p. 210. Provenance: William Stirling-Maxwell, 9th Baronet of Pollok, husband of Caroline Norton (armorial binding); Carlotta Chiara Mary Norton, granddaughter of Caroline Norton (gift inscription on verso of flyleaf, "J & A from Carlotta Norton"); Louis & Anne Marie Davidson (bookplate)
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