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The Art of Beauty/De Medicamine Faciei Feminae (boxed with Suite of prints)

Ovid [Publius Ovidius Naso]

Published by Arundel Press, Los Angeles, 1990
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A remarkably stunning edition of one of this classic ancient Roman text,one of the earliest surviving works related to feminine beauty. The textis presented in the original Latin, with a superb verse translation inEnglish, printed on opposing pages (Latin left, English right). TheEnglish translation, once thought to be by Dryden, was first published byTonson in 1709, and is very romantic and evocative: Excerpt: Your firstpreoccupations, my dears, should be your manners. When a woman's mannersare good, she never fails to attract. Manners indeed are more than halfthe battle. Time will lay waste your beauty, and your pretty face will belined with wrinkles. The day will come when you will be sorry you lookedat yourself in the mirror, and regret for your vanished beauty will giveyou still more wrinkles. But a good disposition is a virtue in itself, andit is lasting, the burdens of the years cannot depress it, and love thatis founded on it endures to the end. Ovid also includes the recipes foractual Roman recipes for cosmetics and cleansing mixtures. Ovid (43 BC-AD18), Latin poet of love poetry and other works, died after a long exileafter he was rumored to be having an affair with the granddaughter of theEmperor. The work is illustrated with six original wood-engravings byGerman artist Hans Ulrich, and are reminiscent of Alphonse Mucha, being inthe Art Nouveau manner. Each illustration is printed from the originalengraving. The text was printed letterpress by Jonathan Clark on Archespaper. The deluxe edition is bound in full natural vellum, and is issuedin a heavy slipcase covered with pale grey handmade paper, with neatlyexecuted vellum tips. The deluxe edition is limited to only 10 numberedcopies, and is signed by the artist and by binder Ludwig Mohr. It alsoincludes a portfolio of original prints of the illustrations, each printsigned and numbered by the artist. Bookseller Inventory # pub013

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Title: The Art of Beauty/De Medicamine Faciei ...

Publisher: Arundel Press, Los Angeles

Publication Date: 1990

Binding: Full Vellum in Slipcase

Illustrator: Hans Ulrich

Book Condition: New

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket (as issued)

Signed: Signed by Illustrator

Edition: First Edition Thus

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