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OVID, (43 B.C.--17 or 18 A.D.)
[Metamorphoses. 1747]
P. Ovidii Nasonis Metamorphoseon libri XV. Cum variis lectionibus indiceque rerum & fabularum. With Abbé Banier's arguments and explanations of the history and mythology of each fable in English.
Londini impensis Sam. Harding, 1747.
xv, [1], 607, [11] p. ; 21.9 cm. (8°)

Antoine Banier's historical explanations were first translated into English for an edition of 1732. A list of 'Books printed for S. Harding' follows the last page of text before the index. In the Soane copy, the Advertisement leaf A2 (pp. iii--iv) is a cancel, with a printed slip tipped in on p. iii containing a 15-line uncaptioned epistle to the reader in Latin, beginning 'Poesin Mythologicam ...' and signed M. M. ESTC t99263.

Copy Notes Front free-endpaper inscribed in ink G Moore March 7th / Neasden 1782 / ejus Liber and the lower pastedown inscribed by Moore with Business for the Week ..., being a reading list starting with Ovid's Met: Monday & Tuesday. With pencilled price, 3/6, at top right-hand corner of front free-endpaper; probably the 'Ovid' bought from Thomas Boone for 3s. 6d. on 13 May 1807. (Spiers Box).

Binding C18th blind-panelled calf with anthemion and foliate motif and grape corner-pieces, blind-ruled borders, without spine-label or lettering. With signature 'G. Moore' scratched on front board.

Reference Number 1473


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