Ovid; Hopwood, William (illustrator); Dryden, John (translator); Congreve, William (translator)
The Art of Love, in Three Books. The Remedy of Love, The Art of Beauty, and Amours. From the Latin of P.N. Ovid
London: Printed for B. Crosby and Co. 1804. Octavo, twentieth-century russet morocco, earlier spine laid down, raised bands, spine compartments decorated in gilt, boards ruled in gilt with decorative cornerpieces, gilt dentelles, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. Illustrated with six hand-colored engraved plates by William Hopwood. Publisher's advertisements bound at rear. Faint discoloration to boards, lightest occasional foxing.
Vividly illustrated English translations of Ovid's Ars Amatoria, Remedia Amoris, and Amores, the classic Roman guides to finding, keeping, and (when necessary) recovering from a lover, with practical guidance for every reader: “The men are arm'd, and for the fight prepare; / And now we must instruct and arm the fair. / Both sexes, well appointed, take the field, / And, mighty Love, determine which shall yield." Featured translators include John Dryden and William Congreve. The neoclassical engravings by William Hopwood, the editor affirms, “have been selected with the greatest attention to moral propriety," even if Ovid himself “has been rather too warm in the colouring of his favourite subject." A near-fine copy of a diverting book, uncommon with colored plates.