The Works of Anacreon and Sappho. Done from the Greek, by several Hands. With their Lives prefix’d. To which is added, the Prize of Wisdom. A dialogue between Anacreon and Aristotle. By M. Fontenelle. Also Bion’s Idyllium, upon the Death of Adonis. By the Earl of Winchelsea.

  • Anacreon
  • London: Printed for E. Curll 1713
  • ESTC T85628.

£225

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Description

12mo, pp. [vi], 8, 89, [3] + engraved frontispiece. Contemporary dark calf, spine divided by raised bands between gilt rules, later red morocco label. Paper toned and dustsoiled, occasional stains, frontispiece laid down. Binding scratched, joints sometime repaired at foot and now splitting again but holding firmly, endpapers sometime renewed, front hinge cracked. Ownership inscription to title-page (Thos. Clarence[?], the latter partially erased), a book-thief curse signed ‘Wenman Dashwood Hooper’ at end of preface, and on p. 1 a crossed-out ownership inscription of John [?] dated Nov. 18, 1728. Occasional annotations in the text in pencil or ink, another inscription on the original pastedown covered by the replacement endpaper.

Notes

Edmund Curll (c. 1675-1747) is most famous for his scurrilous and publications and sharp business practices, but this edition of translations from Greek lyric poets, overseen by George Sewell, was a 'sign that Curll was looking for a touch of class' (Baines & Rogers, p. 45).

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