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NO. 141 OF 600 COPIES, 8vo, pp. xix, [i], 213, . Original blue paper boards, rebacked in vellum (the original was backed in paper), new endpapers. Untrimmed page edges a bit soiled, corners worn. A limited-edition reprint of the neo-Platonist Thomas Taylor's translation of the Golden Ass; 100 copies were printed on special paper and 500 on regular, with the suppressed passages (often missing from the original edition) included at the end. N° de réf. du libraire
Titre : The Metamorphosis, or Golden Ass, of ...
Éditeur : Sold by Robert Triphook, 1822 (i.e. Birmingham: W. Cosby)
Date d'édition : 1893
Description du livre Sold by Robert Triphook and Thomas Rodd. 1822 (reprinted 1893), London, 1822. Boards. État : Very Good. Later printing. xx,214pp. Plus (4)pp. of "Passages Suppressed." Title printed in red & black. Edition limited to 600 copies. Orig. boards, paper spine label, minor wear at tips, outer front hinge cracked but holding nicely. N° de réf. du libraire 8031
Description du livre Sold by Robert Triphook and Thomas Rodd., London, 1822. Cloth. État : Very Good. xxiv,400pp. Lacking the half-title and without the "Passages Suppressed." Also lacking the 3 leaves of ads. 20th c. brick cloth with black calf spine label. Title page chipped at fore-edge. N° de réf. du libraire 8030
Description du livre London: Triphook and Rodd, 1822. 8vo, xxiv, 400 +  pp. of suppressed passages bound in. Later half brown hard-grain morocco, gilt edges, a very pleasant copy. First edition of Taylor's translation of the only Latin novel to survive in its entirety. Thomas Taylor (1758-1835) received an irregular education. As a young man he obtained a clerkship in Lubbock's bank, but devoted himself to the translation and exposition of Plato, Aristotle, and the Neo-Platonists and Pythagoreans. Though defective in critical scholarship, never doubting the historic personality of Orpheus and the authenticity of the Hymns and esteeming the neo-Pythagorean mathematics the true science, he was heartily welcomed when he visited Oxford in 1802 and was widely read, particularly in America. "His style, formed on the Johnsonian model, retained its stiffness.But with an ardour that neither neglect nor contempt could damp, he plodded laboriously on until he had achieved a work never so much as contemplated in its entirety by any of his predecessors" (D.N.B.). N° de réf. du libraire 106832