New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1971. Fraser, Eric. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Number 351 of 1500, octavo size, 117 p., signed by Eric Fraser. Fine / near fine. Item #171031199
This treatise on love was written by Ovid in 2 CE and teaches basic male and female relationship skills and techniques. The first two books, aimed at men, contain sections which cover such topics as 'not forgetting her birthday', 'letting her miss you - but not for long' and 'not asking about her age'. The third gives similar advice to women, sample themes include: 'making up, but in private', 'being wary of false lovers' and 'trying young and older lovers'. The work employs cryptic allusions and treats the subject matter with the range and intelligence of urbane conversation, with the superficial brilliance of the poetry is dazzling. The standard situations and clichés of the subject are treated in a highly entertaining way, spiced with colourful details from Greek mythology, everyday Roman life and general human experience (N. B., from Ancient Literature website).
___DESCRIPTION: Bound in full vellum over beveled boards, gilt cupid stamped on the front and rear boards, gilt lettering on the spine, red, black, and white illustration as the frontispiece, black and red lettering, black, red, and white full page illustrations and smaller black and white illustrations throughout; octavo size (9.25" by 6.5"); pagination: [xii], 117, colophon, [2 blank]; limited edition, number 351 of 1500, signed by illustrator Eric Fraser, with Monthly Newsletter Laid in; original glassine wrapper; gold paper slipcase with beveled edges, white lettering on the spine, rounded top and bottom edges at the opening.
___CONDITION: Volume is in fine condition with bright boards free of any wear, square corners, clean pages, and tight binding; dust jacket is in near fine condition, free of any tears but with some minor sunning to the spine; slipcase is in near fine condition with some minor wear to corners and the opening.
___CITATION: LEC Bibliography no. 440.
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