Metamorphoses. Translated by Arthur Golding. Edited by Madeleine Forey. Essay on Titian and Ovid by Michael Prodger. Illustrated with the 'Poesie' and other Works inspired by the Metamorphoses by Titian
London, The Folio Society, 2008.
Large quarto, xxxviii, 378 pages plus 16 tipped-in colour plates (2 with gatefolds).
Full Nigerian goatskin 'blocked in gold with a design by Simon Brett'; top edge gilt; a very fine copy in the publisher's presentation Solander box (lightly bumped at the foot of the rear joint).
Number 138 of 2750 copies. 'Ovid's epic poem of gods and mortals, "Metamorphoses" is one of the most seductive and influential works ever written. A sinuous and witty narrative, it records around 250 tales of gods and maidens, monsters and heroes, comedy and tragedy.... In the 16th century, the Italian master Titian created a series of sublime paintings based on scenes from "Metamorphoses", immersing himself in a poetic world of drama, passion and symbolism. This landmark publication brings the two together for the first time' (taken from a sheet of Folio Society promotional material, loosely inserted in this copy).