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    Ovid. Les Metamorphoses D'Ovide. [with:] Le Jugement de Paris. [and:] Epistres Traduites D'Ovid... Paris: 1640.

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    Ovid. [Publius Ovidius Nasonius]. [Pierre Brebiette, illustrator]. Les Metamorphoses D'Ovide. Traduites en Prose Francoise & de nouueau soigneusement reveuë& corrigées... [bound with:] Le Jugement de Paris. [and:] Epistres Traduites D'Ovid... Paris: Antoine Robinot, 1640.

    Quarto. Three books in one volume. Seventeen full page plates by Pierre Brebiette, decorated head-pieces, tail-pieces, and initials. Three title pages with printer's devices. Front cover detached, binding worn, some leaves coming loose, few tears. Rare edition of Ovid's Metamorphosis. Not listed in usual bibliographies.

    a-e4, A-5Q4, 5R2. [16], 543, [13], 250, [6], 52 pages. Contemporary calf, five raised spine bands, gilt lettered leather title label and gilt decorations in compartments. Front cover detached, binding rubbed, scratched, and soiled; some leather loss on both covers and spine, gilt faded or chipped, spine with vertical creases, rear joint cracked; rear hinge starting, front free endpaper loose, lacking first blank, ink inscription on rear free endpaper, title page and first leaves up to A1 are coming loose near both ends, title page with corner creases and edge wear, leaf ë1 ("Elegie Povrovide") with a six inch horizontal tear across its text, 2D1 tear with cellophane tape repair and paper loss in lower margin affecting border of plate on verso with tape bleedthrough, 3D2 tear in upper margin and spots of paper loss with minor affect to plate on verso, dampstains, soiling, small edge tears, otherwise in good condition.  From the Krown & Spellman Collection.

    Rare. Not listed in usual bibliographies and no auction records matching.

    Pierre Brebiette (1598 - circa 1650), a French painter and engraver, a famed painter at the time is only known to have one surviving painting. Most of his engravings and prints, which are scarce, are signed with a monogram and not in full, which we have here in these engravings. This work is not mentioned in any reference to him and is showing his last name on all plates.



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