(London: Fanfrolico Press, ). 285 x 190 mm. (11 1/4 x 7 1/2"). xxiv, 162,  pp.Translated by Jack Lindsay. With an introduction by Edward Hutton. No. 14 OF 500 COPIES.
Original green vellum, gilt titling and decoration, top edge gilt, others uncut. Frontispiece depicting the poet and 20 woodcut plates by Lionel Ellis. Front pastedown with book label of F. C. W. Hiley and front free endpaper with his pencilled signature, dated 31 May 1929. Modern British and American Private Presses (1850-1965), p. 68. Spine sunned to a soft gold, a little fading to edges of boards, one leaf with short marginal tear, otherwise very fine--clean and fresh internally, in a virtually unworn binding.
Printed in the last year of the Fanfrolico Press' operations, this is a new translation of the greatest of Greek pastoral poets by press co-founder Jack Lindsay. Originally founded in Australia by Lindsay and John Kirtley in 1923, the press moved to London and continued in operation from 1926-30. According to DNB, Lindsay (1900-90) wrote six of its books, translated 10, "edited many, and hand-printed the last seven." Cave lauds "Fanfrolico's deliberate adoption of the mode of the 16th century scholar-printers, who themselves edited the texts they published." A third century B.C. Greek from Sicilian Syracuse, Theocritus migrated to Hellenistic Egypt, where he enjoyed the patronage of the beneficent Ptolemy II, who encouraged scholars, poets, and scientists gathered at the Alexandrian Museum. Although set in the world of shepherds sheltering in the shade and singing to the music of panpipes, his poems are by no means artless; instead, they are highly wrought compositions that often meditate on the poetic craft itself. Our copy once belonged to F. C. W. Hiley, assistant keeper of Printed Books at the British Museum, whose translation of Catullus' poems appeared the same year as this work. (ST15816-58)
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