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Anacreon Verses, Cowley Transl. Limited Ed 1950s Poetry

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Lot 9111 Details

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"Anacreon Verses", Abraham Cowley Translation, Limited Edition 1950s, Lyric Ancient Poetry, illustrated.

"Some Copies of Verses translated Paraphrasically out of Anacreon, Translated into English Verse" by Abraham Cowley, limited edition of 2000 copies on Ragston Collotype Parchment white vellum paper, J.A. Jacobs, The Golden Eagle Press, Mount Vernon, Virginia, undated (1950s).

"Anacreon's poetry touched on universal themes of love, infatuation, disappointment, revelry, parties, festivals, and the observations of everyday people and life. It is the subject matter of Anacreon's poetry that helped to keep it familiar and enjoyable to generations of readers and listeners.

In the 17th century, Thomas Stanley translated the Anacreontea into English verse. A few poems were also translated by Robert Herrick and Abraham Cowley. The poems themselves appear to have been composed over a long period of time, from the time of Alexander the Great until the time that paganism gave way in the Roman Empire. They reflect the light hearted elegance of much of Anacreon's genuine works although they were not written in the same Ionic Greek dialect that Anacreon used. They also display literary references and styles more common to the time of their actual composition.

Abraham Cowley (1618-1667), English poet, was born in London in 1618. He was one of the leading English poets of the seventeenth century with 14 printings of his Works published between 1668 and 1721.

Anacreon (c. 570-485 BC), Greek poet who was known for his poems on love and wine. Anacreon was born at Teos, an Ionian city on the coast of Asia Minor.

Anacreon was for a long time popular at Athens, where his statue was to be seen on the Acropolis, together with that of his friend Xanthippus, the father of Pericles. On several coins of Teos he is represented holding a lyre in his hand, sometimes sitting, sometimes standing.

US: Priority (c.2-4 days) --------- $8.50
Canada: 1st Class (c.2-6 weeks) -- $22.50
World: 1st Class (c.2-8 weeks) --- $28.50
Condition
Original dust jacket, hard boards, 5.1/4" x 9"; 14 pages of poetry, very good condition.
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Anacreon Verses, Cowley Transl. Limited Ed 1950s Poetry

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