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GOLDEN ASS In the Translation by William Adlington Edited, With an Indroduction by F.J. Harvey Darton

Apuleius Lucius

Published by New York Privately Printed For Hogarth Press N.D.
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First edition of the Hogarth imprint for America. Illustrated with a frontispiece for each of the eleven books and decorations throughout all by Philip Hagreen. Large 8vo, publisher’s light green cloth backed in forest green buckram, the spine lettered and decorated in gilt. 359 pp. A very fine copy. FINE COPY OF THE FIRST EDITION. A handsome privately printed edition of the only Latin novel to survive in its entirety. The work as it survives today was written cicra 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 Latinity familiar from the schoolroom. 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. Philip Hagreen’s delightful and saucy decorations provide a nice 20th century twist to this production. Bookseller Inventory # 23639

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Title: GOLDEN ASS In the Translation by William ...

Publisher: New York Privately Printed For Hogarth Press N.D.

Binding: Hardcover

Edition: 1st Edition

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