METAMORPHOSEON LIBRI X. OR TEN SELECT BOOKS OF OVID'S METAMORPHOSES; WITH AN ENGLISH TRANSLATION ...
1790 · Philadelphia
by Ovidii Nasonis, P.
Philadelphia: Printed by William Spotswood, 1790. ,328pp. Octavo. Contemporary boards, rebacked to style In mottled calf, gilt label. Woodcut headpiece. 19th century ownership inscription on detached free endsheet, boards edgeworn, typical tanning and occasional light discolorations, but about very good. The first edition of Ovid printed in the U.S., and one of the first classical texts printed in the post-Revolutionary states. The text is derived from the translations of Davidson and Clarke, and presented with notes as a textbook. Coincidentally, the first literary work composed in British North America was George Sandys' translation of Ovid, published in Britain in 1632 after he had returned there from Virginia. ESTC W27557. EVANS 22753. (Inventory #: WRCLIT69119)