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Metamorphoses
Frankfurt - Iohann. Theod. 1619 - A very scarce Illustrated early 17th Century copy of Ovid in an early binding. Only seen once at auction in the last forty years. Ovid's most famous work: the epic poem that preserves the bulk of ancient mythology as a continuous narrative from the day of creation. The Metamorphoses are a delightful and playful collection of stories, woven together through the theme of transformations, and through an ingeniousunbroken narrative. Full of verbal wit, emotional power, and human pathos, they form the most complete collection of myths from the ancient world. This is an early renaissance edition, and includes beautiful illustrations to accompany thestories within. Ovid was an Augustan poet, who leads his readers to believe that heenjoyed a dissolute life under the new imperial peace. Ultimately he was banished by the Emperor. According to Ovid, it was for his 'poetry, and a mistake'. Collated from Copac: complete with 16 plates, including medallion portrait of Ovid. Condition: In full calf. Externally, a trifle rubbed, particularlywith respect to the rear board. Otherwise with light shelfwear. The front board and spine have retained a nice patina. Internally foxed, with the occasional stain here and there throughout. The binding is loose for the first twenty pages, and has failed for the majority of the preface. Otherwise generally firmly bound. Incomplete: One plate is missing from between pages 16/17. Overall: GOOD ONLY [Attributes: Hard Cover]
      [Bookseller: Rooke Books PBFA]
Last Found On: 2018-02-17           Check availability:      AbeBooks    

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