First Literary English Translation
[George Sandys, translator]. Ovid's
Metamorphosis. Englished by G[eorge]. S[andys].
London: [William Stansby], 1626. First edition. Small folio in
fours with exception of b and Ss in sixes. Lacking a1 ("The minde
of the frontispiece" leaf) and Ss4 (printer's imprint leaf with
device), approximately 9.5 x 5.75 inches. , 326, [4, index]
pages. Pages 62 and 74 misnumbered 63 and 75, respectively.
Engraved frontispiece portrait of Ovid by William Marshall.
Engraved title page by T. Cecill. Half calf over marbled paper
covered boards, black morocco label with gilt title on spine.
Boards rubbed with some wear at edges, endpapers foxed. Engraved
title shaved along right margin and with previous booksellers faint
pencil notation to upper margin. Short marginal closed tears and
occasional holograph pencil and ink annotations throughout, shallow
cockling to interior of text block. Very good. Sabin 76456. STC
Made in North America
"The first translation of a classic into the English language made on this continent. The translator was George Sandys, who was Secretary of the Colony of Virginia at the time." - Sabin 57984.
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