Kisses, being an English Translation in Verse of the Basia of

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 wh…

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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 + [1]; 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.

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