Christopher Isherwood's Copy.
PETRONIUS. The Satyricon of T. Petronius Arbiter. Burnaby's translation, 1694; with an introduction by C. K. Scott Moncrieff ; ornamented by Martin Travers. Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co. [c.1926].
8vo., original blue cloth, lettered in gilt on spine (gilt however very dulled). With ornaments by Martin Travers. Slight rubbing to extremities otherwise a very good copy (without dust wrapper).
Abbey Classics Series (No. 18). From the library of Christopher Isherwood with his ownership signature dated Oxford Dec 1926.
The parallels between Isherwood and Petronius are compelling. The protagonist of A Single Man, Isherwood's day-in-the-life of a late-middle-aged college professor grieving the loss of his longtime lover, has been described as "the first forthright, non-neurotic, unapologetic gay character the literary world had seen since Petronius".
Isherwood's earlier documentation of the Weimar Republic in his Berlin Stories mirrors the moral decline of Nero's Rome portrayed in the Satyricon.