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GOLDEN ASS Translated by William Adlington MDLXVI

Apuleius Lucius; [Fine Press]

Published by New York Privately Printed at the Chiswick Press 1904, 1904
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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

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Title: GOLDEN ASS Translated by William Adlington ...

Publisher: New York Privately Printed at the Chiswick Press 1904

Publication Date: 1904

Binding: Hardcover

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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