([London]: Nonesuch Press, 1923). 220 x 123 mm. (8 5/8 x 5").  leaves.Translated from the Latin by William Adlington. No. 141 OF 625 COPIES.
Publisher's dark red quarter parchment over Italian paper boards in cream with rows of red stars. In (slightly worn) matching original slipcase, bumped on one corner. Text enclosed in borders designed by Geofroy Tory (ca. 1524) and printed in sanguine. Dreyfus 7. A hint of soiling to spine, slight bump to top edge of upper board, front pastedown with evidence of a label or plate that was removed, otherwise a fine copy, clean, fresh, and bright inside and out.
Pleasingly decorated with borders throughout, this classic story from the Metamorphoses is, according to Dreyfus, "taken from the fifth edition (1639) of William Adlington's translation, in which 'the spelling only is slightly comfortably modified' from the first edition." This edition was apparently the cause of some unpleasantness between the Nonesuch Press and the Fortune Press, the latter having printed their own strikingly similar version, with copies that "were practically replicas" of the present work. The Nonesuch Press was founded in 1923 by typographer and book designer Francis Meynell (1891-1975) with the help of his friend David Garnett and his future wife, Vera Mendel. Meynell designed his books on a small Albion hand press, but had them printed commercially in order to keep the price of well-designed books made of quality materials within the means of readers and collectors who could not afford most private press editions. (ST15053f)
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PJP Catalog: RCVF20.036