CATULLUS, TIBULLUS & PROPERTIUS. Works. Cambridge, Typis Academicis, 1702.
4to. Sometime bound in brown Spanish calf with gilt border designs to upper and lower boards, intricate gilt floral centres to spine, 6 raised bands, red spine label; pp. [iv] + 520; some wear and rubbing to the covers, most notably to the spine, the label of which has faded, internally clean with some mild toning in places and a little ink spattering to the tail edge, ink shelf-mark to front pastedown endpaper.
This translation of Catullus, Tibullus and Propetius was compiled by Arthur Annesley in 1702, a later politician who would become known for his ‘horrid language’, ‘raving throat’ and ‘bully tongue’, and was published through Jacob Tonson. Catullus, Tibullus and Propertius all ascribe to the neoteric style of poetry, focusing on the smaller matters of daily life rather than grand epics of gods and heroes. Catullus is perhaps the better known of the three, fond of explicit sexual imagery, perhaps surprisingly, frequently studied in school. Tibullus was highly regarded by his contemporaries but is now considered a minor poet, amongst his most notable works is the Marathus Cycle, perhaps the longest project in Roman literature having homosexual love as theme. Propertius, by comparison, was considered far less prestigious than his colleagues, but his widespread appeal is evidenced by presence of his verses in the graffiti preserved at Pompeii.