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FINE GIOLITO EDITION OF THE MOVING LOVE LETTERS WRITTEN BY THE ABANDONED OVID'S HEROINES

Ovidius Naso, Publius. Epistole d'Ouidio di Remigio Fiorentino diuise in due libri. Con le dichiarationi in margine delle fauole, e dell'historie. Et con la tauola delle pistole. In Vinegia, appresso Gabriel Giolito de' Ferrari, 1569.

12mo (137x72 mm), 17th century stiff vellum with handwritten titles at spine, pp. [12], 310, [2].
Printer's device at title page and at verso of last leaf. Xylographic headletters and decorations.

Fine Giolito edition of Ovid's epistles of famous abandoned women.

The Epistole of famous women by Ovid, better known as Heroides, represents the starting of a new gender beneath the elegiac production.

The poet gives voice to the heroines that, abandoned or separated from their men, due to an adverse fate, express pain and anger, together with the nostalgic memory of their happy love.

We find letters to protest against the absence of the lover (Penelope a Ulisse), for abandonment and betrayal (Arianna a Teseo), but also missives where the seducers attract their female preys, as suggested by Ovid in Ars amatoria, (Paride a Elena) and the resulting positive answers (Elena a Paride).

The Italian translation by Remigio Nannini (1521-1581) was completed in Ancona in December 1554 and printed many times along the XVI century.

Provenance: Ancient owner's signature crossed out at lower margin of title page.

References: IT\ICCU\LO1E\005533. OCLC, 42606623 (only one copy located in USA, in the New York Public Library).

Condition

A fine copy.

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€200.00

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[Latin Poetry] Ovidius, Epistole, 1568

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