The Poems of Sappho.
An Interpretative Rendition into English.Chicago: privately printed for the author by Smith & Sale, 1907 Stock Code: 139152
"Heavens! What a woman!!!" G. B. ShawFirst edition, number 84 of 100 copies printed on handmade paper and numbered by the poet. This richly sensual translation of Sappho's poems was issued shortly after Bliss Carman's Sappho, One Hundred Lyrics (1904), which is considered the first comprehensive and fully imagined rendering into English of the fragmentary poems.
This work unsurprisingly uncommon, the sole copy appearing at auction being that of George Bernard Shaw, which held a note of thanks to the poet: "Many thanks for the Sappho. Heavens! What a woman!!! G. Bernard Shaw".
Sappho scholar Yopie Prins argues that the modern understanding of Sappho as an idealised feminine figure can be traced to works such as the present volume, remarking that "the Victorian period was a critical turning point in the history of Sappho's reception" (Prins, p. 3).
Narrow octavo (196 x 98 mm). Contemporary brown sheep, raised bands to spine, title to front cover in gilt, initials "L. M. W." to bottom turn-in of front pastedown, "K. A. O'L" to rear pastedown, top edge brown, others untrimmed.
Title page printed in red and black.
Board edges and joints rubbed, occasional light foxing, offsetting from turn-ins to endpapers; a very good, handsome, copy.
Yopie Prins, Victorian Sappho, (1999).
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