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131709
(SAPPHO.) WHARTON, Henry Thornton.

Memoir, Text, Selected Renderings, and a Literal Translation.

Availability: In stock

Published: London John Lane, 1895

Stock Code: 131709

£175
OR On display in 43 Dover Street

Notes

The third Wharton edition, with an additional preface, and the cloth design by Aubrey Beardsley. 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 blue ribbed cloth, spine lettered in gilt, harp and fan designs by Aubrey Beardsley to spine and front board in gilt, matching design blocked in blind to rear cover, top edge gilt, others untrimmed.

Illustrations

Frontispiece portrait with tissue guard.

Condition

With the publishers 16 pp. catalogue at end. Booklabel of Arthur Theobald Wilson and bookseller's ticket of Thornton & Son, Oxford, to front pastedown. Spine toned and minimally cocked, extremities a little rubbed, a couple of marks to rear board, top edge lightly dust toned, occasional foxing to contents; a very good copy indeed.

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