1702 Scarce Latin vellum Book - OVID Metamorphoseon - Illustrated with 16 copperplates


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Author : OVID
Title :Pub. Ovidii Nasonis : Metamorphoseon libri XV. Cum notis selectis varior. studio B. Cnippingii.
Language : Text in Latin.
Publisher : Amstelodami : Sumptibus Societatis, 1702.  (Pub Ovidii Nasonis Operum tom. 2) Complete 15 books of the Metamorphoses.
Size : 8 " X 5 "
Pages : 805 pages
Binding : Very good full vellum binding (hinges fine, overall worn and scuffed)  under a removable protective mylar cover .
Content : Very good content (bright, tight and clean, rare foxing).
Illustrations: Clear prints of all 16 finely engraved copperplates, probably by the Dutch bookartist Joseph Mulder after Klein-Savrij.

Estimate: (USD 400 - USD 600)

The book : Scarce 17th century illustrated edition by studio B. Cnippingii of The Metamorphoses (Latin: Metamorphōseōn librī: "Books of Transformations") --a Latin narrative poem by the Roman poet Ovid, considered his magnum opus. Comprising fifteen books and over 250 myths, the poem chronicles the history of the world from its creation to the deification of Julius Caesar within a loose mythico-historical framework.

The author : Publius Ovidius Naso (20 March 43 BC – AD 17/18), known as Ovid in the English-speaking world, was a Roman poet who lived during the reign of Augustus. He was a contemporary of the older Virgil and Horace, with whom he is often ranked as one of the three canonical poets of Latin literature. The Imperial scholar Quintilian considered him the last of the Latin love elegists. He enjoyed enormous popularity, but, in one of the mysteries of literary history, was sent by Augustus into exile in a remote province on the Black Sea, where he remained until his death. Ovid himself attributes his exile to carmen et error, "a poem and a mistake", but his discretion in discussing the causes has resulted in much speculation among scholars.


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