The Poems of Caius Valerius Catullus, in English Verse...
by Catullus. Blake, William.
2 vols. London: J. Johnson, 1795. 2 vols, in one, 8vo, xxxvi, 223, (1, errata); (2), 236, (1, errata)pp. With an engraved frontispiece to each volume by William Blake after Della Rosa. With an engraved frontispiece to each volume by William Blake after Della Rosa. Early marbled boards, modern calf backstrip retaining original red label, tips restored. Bookplate of Pamel and Raymond Lister, earlier ink signature of Horatio Carlyle dated 1862. First edition with the Blake plates, and very uncommon in commerce though widely held in Institutions. Catullus (ca. 84–54 B.C.), Roman poet of Verona, is best remembered for the fresh and simplistic style of his love poems, elegies, and satirical epigrams, which were among the first in Latin to incorporate the mannered style of the Hellenistic school; his infatuation with one “Lesbia,” as seen in twenty-five surviving poems, remains legendary. Although living a brief life, his works bore great influence upon the lyrics of Horace as well as the work of Virgil and the post-14th century English masters of literature such as Jonson and Tennyson. Essick, CBI, XXX. (Inventory #: 110520)
Books and manuscripts in all fields, especially medieval illuminated and text manuscripts; material on California, Hawaii, and Pacific voyages; illustrated books and fine bindings from the 15th through the 20th century; children's books from 1750 to 1950; and fine press printing. William Blake, Mary Wollstonecraft, and Thomas Frognall Dibdin are special interests.
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