by Longus (Text by); Jacques Amyot (Translated by); Paul-Louis Courier (Edited and corrected by); Gwen Raverat (Woodcut illustrations by)
Chelsea: The Ashendene Press, 1933. Limited edition. Hardcover. g+ to vg. 1/290. Quarto. , IV, 163, pp. Uncut. Original half vellum over paper covered boards, with gilt pastoral motif on front cover, and gold lettering and ruling to spine. Printer's device on title. Title page in red and black lettering. "Daphnis et Chloé" is the only known work of the 2nd century AD Greek novelist and romancer Longus. It tells the story of two teenagers who love each other but do not know how to make love. "Daphnis and Chloe" is the best known of the early Greek romances, precursors to the modern novel. Admired by Goethe, it has been reinterpreted in music and art by Maurice Ravel and Marc Chagall. This magnificent edition is based on Jacques Amyot's French translation (originally published in 1559), which is better known than the original. Without a doubt, "Daphnis et Chloé" is one of the most striking and original of the Ashendene* illustrated titles. The 29 splendid woodcut illustrations by Gwen Raverat complement the use of red type (marginal notes) and blue hand-drawn initials by Graily Hewitt. One of 290 unnumbered copies on watermarked paper (of a total edition of 310). Covers partly and slightly rubbed. Text in French. Binding in overall good+, interior in very good condition. * The Ashendene Press was the creation of St. John Hornby, director of the publishing house W. H. Smith, and became the most refined and gentlemanly of the English private presses, producing works of enduring finesse.
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