SECUNDUS, Johannes. Kisses, being an English Translation in Verse of the Basia of Joannes Secundus Nicolaius of the Hague, Accompanied with the original Latin Text; to which is added an Essay on the Life and Writings of Secundus. Printed for T. Davies; and sold by J. Bew, 1775.
8vo. Contemporary calf, nicely rebacked, the new spine with gilt bands and flower tools and a contrasting leather label; pp. 223 + ; with an engraved frontispiece representing the "origin of kisses", and an engraved vignette portrait of Secundus on the second title; some minor wear to the covers and little internal browning, but a pleasant copy.
First edition of this translation by John Nott (1751-1825) of the "Basia" of the Neo-Latin poet Joannes Secundus (1511-1536), a collection of nineteen poems in various metres exploring the theme of the kiss. The original Latin text and Nott's translation are printed on facing pages.