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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.

By John Clarke

1735 - London - A. Bettesworth and C. Hitch

8" by 5", vii, (1), 479pp

 

DETAILS

The uncommon first edition of John Clarke's Ovid's Metamorphoses.

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 schoomaster, 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)

CONDITION

The binding is tight and firm. The hinges are starting. There is some wear to the extremities, including some bumping and rubbing. Internally the pages have slight browning, and slightly browned watermarks, that do not affect visibility of the text, with the occasional spot. Overall the condition is very good.


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