Full title: Metamorphoseon Libri X. Ten Select Books of Ovid's Metamorphosis with an English Translation... by Publius Ovidius Naso; John Clarke, translator; notes by Joseph Davidson. This is the first US edition, published by William Spotswood, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Condition is good. Pasteboard covers, leather spine; overall dingy and chipped; binding tight; pages quite brown; no flyleaves (as issued?); signature removed from first page of Introduction, with some loss of paper.328 pages include illustrations. Includes the Metamorphoses, with a Prosody Table and references (after the manner of Mr. Stirling), pointing out the scanning of each verse. The first five books use Clarke's translation, the rest chiefly Davidson's, but the printer adjusted the texts in some cases. There are 40 pages of introductory material, then the Latin text, headed by a wood-engraving. There are wood-engraved tail-pieces at the end of most of the books. The Metamorphoses was the first classical book translated in the US (partly on the voyage over), but that translation was published not in the US but in England in the 17th century. This is the first American edition and printing of Ovid. See Evans, 22753. I have several editions of both Horace and Ovid, so I would be happy to sell those books as collections at a hefty discount.

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