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Ovid's Epistles: with his Amours.
London: printed for J. Tonson,, 1725. Translated into English Verse, By the Most Eminent Hands. Adorn'd with Cutts. Duodecimo (165 x 95 mm). Contemporary panelled calf, spine in compartments with raised bands and title label, red speckled edges. Two divisional title pages (the second dated 1724), pagination continuous. Engraved illustrated frontispiece and plates, decorative initials and terminals in the text. Spine, ends and corners somewhat worn, label rubbed with titles barely legible, front joint split but holding strong at the ties, internally some mild toning to leaves but on the whole clean. For all that still a very good copy, unsophisticated in its first binding. First edition of this collection of translations of Ovid's poetry, adorned with handsome engraved illustrations. Rare, with no copies recorded at auction, and scarce institutionally, with OCLC recording only eight copies of this edition in libraries worldwide. The "eminent" translators include Alexander Pope, John Dryden, Thomas Flatman, Aphra Behn, and Thomas Otway. This copy has the armorial bookplate of Sir John Trollope, Bart & MP, very likely the 7th Baronet (1800–1974) who was Privy Counsellor, President of the Poor Law Board, and MP for Lincolnshire South.
      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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