London: J. Johnson, 1795. William Blake. First Edition. full calf. 2 vols. 1st edition in English. Contemporary full tan speckled calf, joints strengthened but not rebacked, foxing to frontispiece and title page in vol. I, offsetting from frontispiece to title page in vol. II, else a very good set, complete with both half titles, the 2 engraved frontispieces by William Blake, the revised Latin text, and the notes by the translator, Dr. John Nott. Very good. Item #338
Catullus (84 BC–54 BC) was the most celebrated Roman neoteric poet (poems about personal life) in the late republic and greatly influenced Ovid, Horace and Virgil, and these poems give an insight into daily life in antiquity unlike any previous. There had been earlier attempts to translate Catullus in various languages, some more successful than others, but it wasn’t until this book that the monumental task of a complete translation was accomplished in English. The first complete English translation.