1795 · London
by Catullus; William Blake [Engravings]; Dr. John Nott [Translator]
London: J. Johnson, 1795. First Edition. Very Good. First Edition in English of Catullus' complete works, side by side with the original Latin. xxxvi, 223, ; [iv], 236,  pp. Contemporary full calf, edges ruled in gilt, spine elaborately stamped in gilt with black title label and red numerical label. Complete in two volumes. Includes both half-titles and William Blake's two engraved frontispieces (foxed in vol. I, offset to the title page in vol. II), strengthened joints (not rebacked). Occasional light penciled "Xs" to margins, easily erasable; offsetting to endpapers; a few dog-eared pages; Very Good. Rare.
The first attempt to translate the entire body of work of the licentious, witty Latin poet of the late Roman era Catullus (84 BC-54 BC) into English, around 116 poems. None other than visionary English poet, artist and printmaker William Blake designed the frontispieces.
(Inventory #: 140940833)