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133737
(SAPPHO.) WHARTON, Henry Thornton (ed.)

Memoir, Text, Selected Renderings...

and a Literal Translation.

Availability: In stock

Published: London David Stott, 1885

Stock Code: 133737

£450
OR On display in 43 Dover Street

Notes

First edition, scarce. This highly influential and comprehensive translation of Sappho notably restored the feminine pronouns to her work, and includes "a compilation of explanatory notes, various appendices, and a bibliography that lists editions, translations, and imitations if Sappho over the centuries" (Prins, p. 53). Significantly Wharton attempted to portray Sappho, "as a poet who loved women 'purely'", never sexually, "construing her as a schoolmistress for young women" (Prins, p. 59).

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Description

Octavo. Original vellum, spine and front cover lettered in red and black, gilt lyre vignette to front cover, top edge gilt, others untrimmed.

Illustrations

Text in English and Greek. Engraved frontispiece with tissue guard, engraved head- and tailpieces.

Condition

Covers a little grubby, but a good copy nonetheless, endpapers foxed but otherwise internally fresh, split starting at top of front hinge.

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