LAYS OF ANCIENT ROME.

(London: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1881). 202 x 140 mm. (8 x 5 3/8"). xxxix, [i], 191, [1] pp. New Edition.

HANDSOME BROWN MOROCCO BY RIVIERE (stamp-signed in ink on front free endpaper), gilt in a fanfare design, with a central medallion with gilt lettering, raised bands ruled in gilt, compartments with either a floral motif or gilt lettering, gilt turn-ins, all edges gilt. With 41 illustrations by J. R. Weguelin. Front free endpaper with ink signature of J. M. Bruce-Gardyne (1930-90), journalist and Conservative politician. ◆In very fine condition.

In a beautifully gilt binding by Riviere, this is an excellent copy of historian, essayist, and poet Thomas Babington Macaulay's poetic retelling of stories from ancient Roman history. With this "Lays of Ancient Rome," originally published in 1842 and its many subsequent editions, Macaulay (1800-59) acted on the hypothesis that the early books of the ancient Roman historian Livy (64 or 59 B.C.-17 A.D.) were based upon long-lost oral poetry that had been rendered into prose. With the goal of returning Livy's stories to their original form, he expressed them in ballads for readers of English.
(ST13599-40)

Price: $400.00