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SMITHERS, L.C. & BURTON, RICHARD

Published by Wordsworth Editions Limited 1995 (1995)

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From: Hard to Find Books NZ (Internet) Ltd. (Dunedin, OTAGO, New Zealand)

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About this Item: Wordsworth Editions Limited 1995, 1995. Softcover octavo (VG) ; all our specials have minimal description to keep listing them viable. They are at least reading copies, complete and in reasonable condition, but usually secondhand; frequently they are superior examples. Ordering more than one book will reduce your overall postage costs. Seller Inventory # xxeqa59618

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Priapeia or the Sportive Epigrams of Divers: Burton, Richard Francis,

Burton, Richard Francis, generally regarded as the translator

Published by Printed by the Translators . for Private Subscribers Only, Cosmopoli (1890)

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About this Item: Printed by the Translators . for Private Subscribers Only, Cosmopoli, 1890. Hardcover. Condition: Good. index, xxviii, 187p. Original white paper-backed boards. 28cm. Moderate cover soil. Paper overlay on backstrip partially gone; three of four raised bands still present. Pictorial bookplate (Jacobus Bromley). Contents generally sound and clean. Copy #219 of an edition limited to 500 numbered copies. The initials "SCL" appear in ink after the number on the colophon (Leonard Smithers, who collaborated with Richard F. Burton on this work and was identified on the title-page as "Neaniskos.). Second issue with only the corrected version of pages xi-xiv present. See Penzer's Burton bibliography at pages 150-153. Although Burton managed to remove his name from almost all copies, a seldom-seen specimen title-page has been laid in on which the metrical Version is identified as being by the translator of "The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night" and the Introduction. Notes Explanatory and Illustrative, and Excursus as being by "S. C. L.". Seller Inventory # 85342

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Priapeia or the sportive epigrams of divers: BURTON, Sir Richard.]

BURTON, Sir Richard.]

Published by Athens [London]: imprinted by the Erotika Biblion Society [H. S. Nichols and Leonard Smithers] for private distribution only, 1888 [1889] (1889)

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About this Item: Athens [London]: imprinted by the Erotika Biblion Society [H. S. Nichols and Leonard Smithers] for private distribution only, 1888 [1889], 1889. Octavo (211 x 132 mm). Near contemporary dark purple morocco, spine gilt in compartments with titles direct, boards bordered with gilt rules, board edges gilt-ruled, turn-ins with gilt rolls and tooling, dark red silk endpapers, top edge gilt, others untrimmed. Ends and corners a little rubbed, a few other minor scratches to covers, superficial split at front hinge but all holding firm, internally fresh, an excellent copy. 28 near-contemporary original watercolour illustrations. First edition, unique erotically extra-illustrated copy with 28 original watercolours explicitly depicting a range of sex acts, number 54 of 250 copies of the first issue, of Richard Burton's anonymous translation (the first literal and complete into English) of the notorious Priapeia, which was a collection of mostly erotic or ribald Latin poems and epigrams, many drawn from inscriptions found on surviving statues of the god Priapus, the Roman God of fertility and erections. Though all were anonymous, the Introduction here postulates that some must have been authored by the likes of Ovid, Petronius, Catullus, Martial, and other such notably salacious Roman authors who lived around the time of the birth of Christ. This is one of 250 copies only of the very scarce first issue (dated 1888 but in fact issued in 1889 - a second issue of 500 copies was put out in 1890), and was the first publication of the Erotika Biblion Society set up by decadent publisher Leonard Smithers. Although Burton dissociated himself from the book, letters between him and Smithers show that they were both fully involved with this translation, and were planning other similar unexpurgated translation projects, before Burton died in 1890. This unique extra-illustrated copy has Burton's name added in pencil to the title page in an early hand, and has the ex-libris of an A. J. Cox, whose took for his library motto: "Vita sine literis mors est" ("Life without literature is death"). Seller Inventory # 118683

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