Carmina of Catullus

CATULLUS. Carmina of Catullus.

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CATULLUS Carmina of Catullus Printed for the Translators, London, 1894.

8vo. Sometime finely rebound in red morocco with gilt decoration, featuring a stylised naked woman design to upper cover; pp. [xxiv], 313, with frontispiece; an attractive, internally clean copy with some mild scuffing to the raised spine bands and corners.
First edition thus, limited to 1000 copies. A translation of the works of Catullus by Richard F. Burton, chiefly known for his travel writings and his famous translations of both the Arabian Nights, and the The Kama Sutra. As a result, he was criticised throughout his life for being obsessed with sexuality in his work, which seems a bit mean-spirited but probably explains why he chose Catullus of all Latin authors to translate. This particular book was produced privately for Burton in a set of limited editions, and was at some point luxuriously rebound.