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The Love Epistles of Aristaenetus. Translated from the Greek into English metre.
1771 - J. Wilkie, 1771. 8vo., choicely bound in full burgundy morocco by Riviere, French fillet border to boards, spine richly gilt in compartments, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers with rich gilt turn-ins. pp. xvi, 174, bound with half-title but lacking final advertisement leaf. A handsome copy. First edition in English of the translation by N. B. Halhed, revised by Richard Brindsley Sheridan. Aristaenetus is the reputed author of two books of so-called Love Letters which were first edited by Sambucus (Antwerp, 1566). This collection of mildly racy adventures, edited, finessed and refined by Sheridan from the original translation of Nathaniel Brassey Halhed, a contemporary of Sheridan's from Harrow. From an old bookseller's description pasted in: "First and only separate edition of Sheridan's first work, published at the age of twenty. Allibone says: 'In conjunction with his friend H. Halhed he made translations of Theocritus (never printed) and of these they soon afterwards added English versions (in verse) of the Love Epistles of Aristenaetus. The latter have been recently published in the same volume with (recent translations of ) the Elegies of Propertius, the Satyricon of Petronius Arbiter, and the Kisses of Johannes Secundus.The firm also produced a play.None of these, however, were given to the world, save the Love Epistles which were published in August 1771 (See Nichols' Lit Anec.VIII, 365) - published, but not sold, and great was the disappointment of the youthful authors.'" From the library of E. F. Carry with his bookplate. Carry was a noted bibliophile and philanthropist, with a great interest in Irish history and literature. Upon his death the larger part of his extensive collection was bequeathed to the University of St. Mary of The Lake, in Illinois. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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