London: Printed for the Translators, In One Volume, For Private Subscribers Only, 1894.
First edition, no. 3 of 4 copies on Japanese vellum. Inserted Frontispiece in TWO STATES. xxiii, 313 pp. 1 vols. Royal 8vo (235 x 150 mm.). Rare. Bound in contemporary half burgundy morocco, t.e.g. by Root. Faintest traces of rubbing at extremities, else fine. Nelson C1894.4; Penzer pp. 156-157. Item #244770
This verse translation of Catullus was one of the final literary projects of explorer-linguist Sir Richard F. Burton; it took several years for his friend and collaborator Smithers to convince Lady Burton to allow the work's publication.
Penzer: "in the only copy I have handled the '4' was crossed out in ink and '18' inserted, while the number of the copy was given as '11.' The corrections were initialled by Smithers." The Quentin Keynes sale included a copy marked no. 3 of '12' copies (also initialled by Smithers). The actual number of copies on Japanese vellum remains unknown.
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