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ANACREON, (ca. 582--ca. 485 B.C.)
The odes of Anacreon, with the fragments of Sappho and Alcæus.
[London]: [G. Woodfall, printer], [1827].
52 p. ; 20.6 cm. (8º)

Imprint from colophon, date from dedication. John Taylor's translations from Anacreon were first published in volume II of his Poems on various subjects, 1827 (q.v.), pp. 259--308. This is a printing of the same setting of type with new pagination, and the half-title, advertisement and dedication printed on three leaves rather than three consecutive pages. Taylor's dedication is addressed to Soane: '... The refined taste and profound knowledge of the arts of Ancient Greece, ... evident in the rare collection of Grecian Antiquities which you have spared no expense in acquiring, ... would point you out as the person to whom I might properly address the following attempted Version of the Odes ... even if I had no motives arising from your continued friendship. Therefore, without venturing to solicit a permission, which your delicacy would most probably refuse, I present it to you ...'. Taylor first informed Soane of his intention in a letter of 26 January 1827, when the book was 'in the hands of the Printer'. (Priv. Corr. IV.T.7.85).

Copy Notes Mostly unopened.

Binding Original C19th full green linen, without spine-label or lettering.

Reference Number 1397


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