1697 Ovid Metamorphoses in Rondeux Benserade Roman Greek Mythology Illustrated

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“I grabbed a pile of dust, and holding it up, foolishly asked for as many birthdays as the grains of dust, I forgot to ask that they be years of youth.”

Ovid, Metamorphoses

 

Ovid’s ‘Metamorphoses’ is one of the most famous works of Greek and Roman mythology and history of the 1st-century. It is known to have inspired the works of Dante, Boccaccio, Chaucer, and even Shakespeare as well as works of visual art and music. This epic poem recounts the history of the world from creation to the death of Julius Caesar.

 

In 1667 French poet Isaac de Benserade published a unique edition of ‘Metamorphoses’ – an edition completely in rondeaux form. It was rather unpopular when it was first released; however, it has since become a highly desired and incredibly valuable edition of Ovid. This work features 239 incredible illustrations along with a curious conclusion using an acrostic of the names of Louis XIV and Madame de Ludre.

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1697 Ovid Metamorphoses in Rondeux Benserade Roman Greek Mythology Illustrated

 

“I grabbed a pile of dust, and holding it up, foolishly asked for as many birthdays as the grains of dust, I forgot to ask that they be years of youth.”

Ovid, Metamorphoses

 

Ovid’s ‘Metamorphoses’ is one of the most famous works of Greek and Roman mythology and history of the 1st-century. It is known to have inspired the works of Dante, Boccaccio, Chaucer, and even Shakespeare as well as works of visual art and music. This epic poem recounts the history of the world from creation to the death of Julius Caesar.

 

In 1667 French poet Isaac de Benserade published a unique edition of ‘Metamorphoses’ – an edition completely in rondeaux form. It was rather unpopular when it was first released; however, it has since become a highly desired and incredibly valuable edition of Ovid. This work features 239 incredible illustrations along with a curious conclusion using an acrostic of the names of Louis XIV and Madame de Ludre.

 

Item number: #7092

Price: $795

 

OVID, P Naso

 

Les Metamorphoses d’Ovide en rondeaux imprimez et enrichis de figures par ordre de Sa Majesté

 

A Amsterdam, chez Pierre Mortier … M D C XCVII., 1697.

 

Details:

  • Collation: Complete with all pages; 2 volumes in 1
    • I – [12], 243, [1]
      • 132 engraved plates, includes frontispiece and title vignette
    • II – 220, [4]
      • 107 engraved plates, includes frontispiece and title vignette
    • Language: French
    • Binding: Leather; tight & secure
    • Size: ~6.25in X 4in (16cm x 10.5cm)

 

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Categories

Classical Greco-Roman

Literature

Authors

OVID, P Naso

Printing Date

17th Century

Language

French

Binding

Leather

Book Condition

Excellent

Collation

Complete