1735 Ovid's Metamorphoses With an English Translation, as Literal as possible, for the more Expeditious Attainment of the Sense and Elegancy of this Great Poet: And the Original Text carefully corrected.
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First Edition, Leather Binding, Very Scarce
Bound in leather. Written in Latin, with an English translation. John Clarke, 1687 - 1734, was a schoolmaster and educational reformer. he was admitted as sizar to St John's College in 1703. "He did not take holy orders, but set to work as an author while beginning his teaching career." As a schoolmaster, his first post appointed in 1720 in Hull, Clarke was outspoken on the traditional style of teaching classics, which he argued in various essays and texts. "He particularly cited the drudgery of elementary memorization of rules and the absence of adequate English translations as flaws". In 1733, Clarke moved to Gloucester "where he concentrated on his publishing career, now in its most prolific phase" and "edited numerous translations of Latin texts and also wrote a number of commentaries on the works of contemporary moralists". (DNB)
In a full calf binding. Externally, rubbed to the joints and to the extremities. Some loss to the extremities as well as to the head and tail of spine due to rubbing. Many marks and small losses to boards. Score marks to the front board. Front joint is cracked, and is starting but firm. Crack to the head of rear joint. Loss to spine label. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are generally bright. Tidemark to the foredge, in addition to the occasional spots to pages.
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