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Metamorphosis 1626 First Edition

By Ovid

Translated By George Sandys During His Time as Treasurer in Virginia

Printed In London by William Stansby

The Volume is in Very Good Internal Condition bound in speckled english calf, contemporary to the time of publication, with the spine divided into six compartments by five raised bands, with a red morocco letter-piece in the second compartment from the top, and with board edges gilt tooled and leaf edges red speckled. Externally the boards and spine are lightly scuffed in general, with splits to the hinges and chipping to the head and tail of the spine, as well as board edges and corners bumped. Internally the leaves are generally clean and well margined, with the plates and some initial and final leaves trimmed a bit close, with some small marginal stains, with little else in the way of foxing or toning and some small tears repaired.
The Volume is Complete in All Respects With the very rare ‘Mind of the Frontispiece’ plate, absent from almost all copies, along with the engraved title it refers to (by T. Cecill) and dedication with portrait plate on verso (by William Marshall). See below for pagination & dimensions.

'Mind of the Frontispiece and Engraved Title - Metamorphosis

Of George Sandys Ovid

George Sandys Was the seventh son of the Archbishop of York, an took to travel soon after his time at Oxford. Journeying through the continent and the holy land, he wrote several pieces expanding ethnology and geography. He also took great interest in the earliest English colonization in America. In April 1621 he became colonial treasurer of the Virginia Company and sailed to Virginia with his niece’s husband, Sir Francis Wyat, the new governor. When Virginia became a crown colony, Sandys was created a member of council in August 1624; he was reappointed to this post in 1626 and 1628. In 1631, he vainly applied for the secretaryship to the new special commission for the better plantation of Virginia; soon after this, he returned to England for good.

“The First Utterance of the Conscious Literary Spirit Articulated in America” according to Moses Coit Tyler, based on Sandys Writing this translation in his leisure time in Jamestown.

According to Rare Book Hub the 1626 Edition of Sandys Ovid is listed 24 times since 1895. Of these copies only four are mentioned as complete (1901, 1917, 1920, 1937). Many of these early listings remark on the rarity of the Mind of the Frontispiece. There have been 9 copies offered since 1985. All except one are listed as missing the Mind of the Frontispiece (2009 – missing 2S4) with many also missing 2S4, the final Colophon leaf.

Pagination & Dimensions

The volume is paginated as follows: [xx], 326, [vi] . The volume collates as follows: [a]4, b6, A-2R4, 2S6. The volume measures about 24.5 cm. By 16 cm. By 2.5 cm. Each leaf measures about 240 mm. By 145 mm.

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