The Carmina of Caius Valerius Catullus. Now first completely Englished into Verse and Prose, the Metrical Part by Capt. Sir Richard F. Burton ... and the Prose Portion, Introduction, and Notes Explanatory and Illustrative by Leonard C. Smithers. Richard F. Burton, Caius Valerius Catullus.
The Carmina of Caius Valerius Catullus. Now first completely Englished into Verse and Prose, the Metrical Part by Capt. Sir Richard F. Burton ... and the Prose Portion, Introduction, and Notes Explanatory and Illustrative by Leonard C. Smithers
The Carmina of Caius Valerius Catullus. Now first completely Englished into Verse and Prose, the Metrical Part by Capt. Sir Richard F. Burton ... and the Prose Portion, Introduction, and Notes Explanatory and Illustrative by Leonard C. Smithers

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The Carmina of Caius Valerius Catullus. Now first completely Englished into Verse and Prose, the Metrical Part by Capt. Sir Richard F. Burton ... and the Prose Portion, Introduction, and Notes Explanatory and Illustrative by Leonard C. Smithers.

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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