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Ovidius Naso, Publius. Quae hoc volumine continentur. Annotationes in omnia Ouidij opera. Index fabularum, & caeterorum, quae insunt hoc libro secundum ordinem alphabeti. Ouidii Metamorphoseon libri 15. Venetiis, in aedibus haeredum Aldi, et Andreae soceri, mense Decembri 1533.

8vo, 18th century full stiff vellum, gilt titles on brown leather label at five raised bands spine, ff. [32], 2-204, [1]. Aldine printer device at title page and at verso of last leaf.

Beautiful Aldine edition of Ovid's Metamorphoses, one of the great masterpiece of Latin literature.

The Metamorphoses, Ovid's most ambitious and popular work, consists of a 15-book catalogue written in dactylic hexameter about transformations in Greek and Roman mythology set within a loose mytho-historical framework. Within an extent of nearly 12,000 verses, almost 250 different myths are mentioned. Each myth is set outdoors where the mortals are often vulnerable to external influences.

In analyzing the Metamorphoses, scholars have focused on Ovid's organization of his vast body of material. The ways that stories are linked by geography, themes, or contrasts creates interesting effects and constantly forces the reader to evaluate the connections. Ovid also varies his tone and material from different literary genres; in this spirit, he engages creatively with his predecessors, alluding creatively to the full spectrum of classical poetry.

Provenance: I. Ownership signature Francisci Rubini at title page. II. Erased ownership inscription at titlepage. III. Contemporary handwritten annotation along the text.

References: IT\ICCU\UM1E\002077. OCLC, 459047307.


A very fine copy.

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[Latin Poetry] Ovidius, 1534

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