Limited Edition SIGNED and numbered by the publisher, one of only 200 copies for sale in America. With an impressive engraved architectural title-page and frontispiece, handsome large woodcut initials, printed throughout in black and red. Folio, publisher s original red cloth covered boards backed in tan buckram, paper labels on the upper cover and spine printed in red. 359 pp. Internally a very fine copy but for some very light evidence of damp to the gutters of the blank prelims and the final 11 leaves, 4 of which are blanks. The binding is rather worn and with some age evidence, but an additional set of the paper labels is laid in and may be used to freshen up the spine panel. FIRST EDITION OF THIS FINE PRESS PRINTING AND A very handsome privately issued edition of the only Latin novel to survive in its entirety. The printing beautifully merges 17th century and Art Nouveau styles. The work as it survives today was written circa 160 AD by Lucius Apuleius, although he had adapted the work from earlier Greek sources. Apuleius' style is innovative, mannered, baroque and exuberant, a far cry from the more sedate Latin familiar in the schoolroom. The work is a precursor to the literary genre of the episodic picaresque novel, in which Quevedo, Rabelais, Boccaccio, Cervantes, Voltaire, Defoe and many others have followed. It is an imaginative, irreverent, and amusing work that relates the ludicrous adventures of one Lucius, a virile young man who is obsessed with magic. William Adlington was one among the host of translators that made the Elizabethan era the "golden age of translations". His working of the prose is bold and delightful and it served as a favored source for William Shakespeare. Bookseller Inventory # 23723
Title: GOLDEN ASS Translated by William Adlington ...
Publisher: New York Privately Printed at the Chiswick Press 1904
Signed: Signed by Author(s)
Edition: 1st Edition
Book Description Chiswick Press, London, 1904. Hard Cover. Condition: Very Good. Limited. .[226pp].LIMITED EDITION, #5 OF 220.Translated by William Adlington (1566).RE-BACKED WITH ORIGINAL MAROON BOARDS, TAN SPINE STRIP (moderate shelf wear) & with ORIGINAL TITLE LABEL pasted down on cover & spine.FRONTIS ENGRAVING OF APULEIUS, as well as ENGRAVED TITLE PAGE in Black & Red Lettering.Text includes Woodcut Initial Letters, as well as red lettering to denote book numbers.From the Chiswick Library of Noble Writers.TEXT IN VERY GOOD CONDITION. Binding is sound. Large Volume, Extra Shipping may apply. Size: Folio. Seller Inventory # 000275
Book Description London, Chiswick Press, 1904. 4° gebunden, HLn. Nr. 92 von 200 Exemplaren, auf Bütten, schwarz-Roter Druck, innen sauber und erstaunlich gut erhalten, Einband etwas berieben, Rücken leicht beschädigt 226 S., Englisch 1200g. Seller Inventory # 508785
Book Description Chiswick Press; Privately Printed for the Scott-Thaw Company, New York, 1904. Condition: Very Good. Folio (36 cm); 359 pages. Woodcut architectural title page and portrait frontispiece by Dutch artist W[illem] L[eendert] Bruckman (1866-1928). Woodcut initials; title and headings printed in red throughout. Printed on substantial laid paper manufactured by hand in the mills of Arnold & Foster and bearing the Chiswick Press watermark. Bound in original brick-red boards, with restored tan buckram spine; original paper title labels printed in red (the publisher included an "extra" title label folded into each copy of the book, and the "extra" label was applied to the restored spine). Title label on upper board dusty. Cloth a bit worn along edges and at corners. Some very slight toning near upper margin and along edges of text block. Numbered and signed "Scott-Thaw" on justification page. #110 of 220 copies, signed by the publisher. Seller Inventory # 6007