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OVID, (43 B.C.--17 or 18 A.D.)
[Metamorphoses. Plates. German & Latin. 1681]
Ovidii Nasonis Metamorphosis oder Ovidii des Poeten wvnderliche Verenderung verschidener Gestalden ...
Zu Augspurg an Tag gegeben und verlegt durch Melchior Kysell, 1681.
Engr. t.-pl., 150 pl. ; 15.8 x 20.1 cm. (obl. 4º)

Soane admired Ovid's poetry and his library contains nineteen editions of his works (individual and collected), including two editions of plates illustrating the Metamorphoses. The present copy is without the letterpress 'Summarischer Begriff und Auslegung' (pp. [1]--28) reported in some copies.

Copy Notes No. 16. and pencilled price, 21/-, on front paste-down, also the note 1829 / This book belonged to Mr. Spiller / for this book - & another cont: / Views of Rome all the same size which I gave to Miss Spiller / & the two prints by Woolett / I paid £10:10:0 / See draft 13 June 1829 Praed (i.e. Praed's Bank, whose headquarters Soane had designed in 1801, having already rebuilt Tyringham for the banker and politician William Praed in 1793--96). The architect James Spiller (d. 1829) had been a friend and correspondent of Soane's, and Soane helped Spiller's niece Elizabeth in sorting out her uncle's affairs after his death, during the years 1829--1830 (Priv. Corr. XIII.S.34). At the same time, Spiller's collection was valued by the bookseller John Weale. The receipt survives for the transaction that Soane details above. (Archive 7/13/11).

Binding C17th blind-stamped panelled vellum with double-rule borders and centrepiece, spine direct-lettered in ink.

Reference Number 2922


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