London: Printed for J. Tonson, and sold by W. Taylor at the Ship in Pater-noster-row, 1712. Reissue of 1709 Edition. Octavo (198 x 125mm). , 1-174, 179-235, 238-482pp (text is continuous even though pagination is not), six plates including frontispiece (lacking one plate). Bound in brown calf, banded with contrasting tan label including gilt lettering and detail, gilt edges; boards with dark brown labels, blind borders and decorations; text block speckled red.
Head and tail worn; joints rubbed; spine rubbed and a touch brittle; small patches of wear to most bands, largest section is 5mm long; joints starting with 30 and 35mm separation either side of the head of the spine, 8mm of separation between bottom of front board and spine; corners abraded; edges are rubbed, a 10mm ding to top edge on front board; covers rubbed; top edge a little dust toned; pages are lightly rippled with occasional light creasing; pencil note inside front cover; abraded strip on ffep as though something was tipped in and then removed, front endpapers separating at gutter, browned with some spotting, back endpapers browned and somewhat foxed, with a small hole on last free endpaper; light spotting and sporadic tanning throughout, mostly bright while some pages more visibly show their age; plates have caused toning to opposite pages; water marks measuring 6 x 10mm, 10 x 16mm and 11 x 22mm to top of Book One’s dedication and title page; light crease across the top of pages 41-44; ink thumb print and small pencil mark to page 49; small nicks and chips out of pages 49, 61, 431, 459, corners torn or cut off pages 1, 51-54, 235, 255, all without loss; pages 87-90 half opened and pages 239-242 unopened; small stain (5 x 15mm) to bottom of page 127; thread exposed at the head of pp. 160 and 161; a 3mm and two 1mm marks have bled through pages 159-160; significant toning along edges of pages 222 and 223 with a chip 30mm long and at its worst, 5mm wide, on page 223; faint crease across top of page 469; a letter “H” inked onto last paste down and then slightly removed. The lacking plate depicting Cupid having his wings clipped and his bow stolen should have been bound in oppossite p. 268 "Ovid's Remedy of Love" Item #868
Ovid (43BC – 17/18 AD) was a Roman poet during the reign of Augustus. He is most well-known for the epic narrative poem, Metamorphoses, which remains an important source of classical mythology. The Art of Love, or Ars Amatoria as it was originally published in Latin, is comprised of three books written in elegiac couplets. In the first two books, Ovid addresses a male audience and explains how they can seduce and keep a lover. In the third book, he instructs female readers on techniques for seduction. Ovid’s work influenced the likes of Dante Alighieri, William Shakespeare and Geoffrey Chaucer, whose work, The Court of Love, appears in this volume. The book concludes with Charles Hopkins’ The History of Love. Hopkins was a 17th century Anglo-Irish poet and dramatist who has here translated sections from Ovid’s Metamorphoses.