Ovid. Verwandlungen in Kupfern und mit den Nothigen Erlaeuterungen. Vienna: Philip Joseph Schalbacher, 1791-3. Krown & Spellman retail: $400.
    4to. 3 vols. 137, 36, 37-246, 163, (8)p. Contemp. 1/4 calf over marbled boards with title labels on spine. Vol.1, rebacked, head of spine repaired and newer title label. Edges worn, boards rubbed. Old owner's signature in ink to first blank in all volumes. Small library stamp to frontis of each volume. Some foxing, few light stains, tear to plate at p.21 in vol.1, no affect to illustration, repair to plate at p.53 in vol. 2. 136 (of 140) full page plates. 136 (of 140) full page plates by Benedict, Flushing, Mansfield, Farmer, Green, Stenger, Phheimer, Mayer, Gerstner, Blaschke, Peni, Conti and Antropp. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.

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    Publius Ovidius Naso (43 B.C. - ca. A.D.17), celebrated poet of Rome, was the son of an equestrian family, but after giving offense to the emperor Augustus, was exiled to Tomis for the rest of his life.  His Metamorphoses are perhaps his best known work, and they certainly were highly influential upon subsequent authors, poets, and other artists thereafter. Engravings in this work are based on the popular 1767 edition, illustrated by Noel Le Mire and Francois Chauveau. Schweiger II: 669. Graesse V: 82. Cohen-Ricci II: 773.

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