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    Catullus, Tibullus and Propertius. Catulli, Tibulli et Propertii Opera. Birmingham: John Baskerville, 1772. Krown & Spellman retail: $375. Baskerville edition. 4to. (2), 372p. 3/4 crushed red morocco over marbled boards, gilt title to head of spine, bound by Brian Frost. Boards slightly bowed. Small hole to top outer margin of C1, no affect. Few leaves with light toning, else a very nice clean and crisp copy. First 4to. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.

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    One of the famous Baskerville printings of the classics, "Magnificense of type, paper, ink and presswork." -[DNB].

    "The principle recommendation of this edition is its typographical beauty." - [Moss].

         Catullus (ca.84-54 B.C.), Roman poet of Verona, is best remembered for the fresh and simplistic style of his lover poems, elegies, and satirical epigrams which were among the first in Latin to incorporate the mannered style of the Hellenistic school; his infatuation with one "Lesbia," as seen in twenty-five surviving poems, remains legendary.  Although living a brief life, his works bore great influence upon the lyrics of Horace as well as the work of Virgil and the post-14th century English masters of literature such as Jonson and Tennyson.

         Tibullus (c60-19 B.C.) "a Roman elegiac poet who formed part of a group under the patronage of M. Valerius Messalia...Two books of the poems of Tibullus, known in ancient times as 'Delia' and 'Nemesis' from the names of women celebrated therein, were published in his lifetime. They are marked by quiet charm and tenderness and their theme is love, peace, and rural simplicity.." [OCCL].

         Propertius (c50-c 16 B.C.) author of four books of elegies mostly dedicated to his infatuation with 'Cynthia.' His passion is treated in a wide variety of moods from the melancholic to the humorous. It has been said that his self-absorption and self-pity marked a new spirit in Latin poetry.  

              ESTC T6260. Gaskell 44. Moss I:263. Brunet I: 1680. Graesse II:87. Schweiger I:83. Dibdin I:243.

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