(Birmingham): (W.J. Cosby, Universal Press), 1893. Beautifully bound fine press edition of Apuleius' comic masterpiece, one of five hundred copies on antique paper, this copy unnumbered. The picaresque tale of an aspiring magician who accidentally turns himself into an ass, The Golden Ass is the only ancient Roman novel to survive in its entirety, containing a number of famous set pieces, including the story of Cupid and Psyche: "Extending to her a cup of ambrosia, 'Take this . . . Psyche, and be immortal; nor shall Cupid ever depart from thy embrace.'" Some racier passages, excised from the main text, are retained in a "Passages Suppressed" supplement bound at the end of the volume. This edition is a reissue of Robert Triphook's London edition of 1822, translated by the Neoplatonist Thomas Taylor, who considered Apuleius "undoubtedly the greatest of the ancient Latin Platonists." The whimsical inlaid design binding is the work of Whitman Bennett, New York bookbinder, bibliophile, and film producer. A near-fine example of a comic classic, beautifully bound. Octavo, full modern olive morocco lettered and single-ruled in gilt, raised bands, tree branch design stamped in blind to front board and spine, gold morocco onlays in the shape of a donkey's ears on front board and donkey's tail on spine, Greek-patterned gilt dentelles with flower cornerpieces, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt, all other edges uncut. Title page printed in red and black. Half title present, four-page supplement "Passages Suppressed" bound at rear. "Bound by Whitman Bennett, N.Y." stamped in gilt to dentelle of upper board, bookplate to front pastedown, ink ownership inscription to verso of front free endpaper. Hinges starting, lightest scuffing to lower board.
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