San Francisco: John Henry Nash, 1931. Limited Edition. Hardcover. One of 350 copies, folio size, 26 pp. Near Fine. Item #SB0666
"The Fate of Virgil" is an imagined conversation between Walter Savage Landor (1775-1864), an acclaimed English writer and poet, and Willard Fiske (1831-1904), an American scholar and librarian. Landor is known himself for his "Imaginary Conversations", consisting of five volumes of imaginary conversations between historical people of classical Greece and Rome, and this book emulates this structure as Fiske is visited by the apparition of Landor and the two have a conversation regarding the character of Virgil from Dante's Divine Comedy. Printed in commemoration of the two-thousandth anniversary of Virgil's birth, this volume honours the memory of both Landor and Fiske while also creating a playful and intellectual discussion between the two.
___DESCRIPTION: Quarter green cloth with grey paper boards, white paper label on the front board with title and ruled border in black, white paper spine label with black lettering and ruled border, title page with black-and-white decorative border, matching decorative headpieces; Bauer Bodoni type, Van Gelder paper, folio size (12.75" by 9.75"), pagination: [i-iv] v [vi] 1-19 [1 colophon], one of 350 copies, out of series.
___CONDITION: Volume is near fine, with clean boards, straight corners, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean and bright; some very slight rubbing to the head and tail of the spine, bottom corners are gently bumped, the boards with a slight bow; the only prior owner mark is an old price written in pencil on the back paste-down endpaper ("30 5.00"), overall a near fine copy.
___CITATION: O'Day, p. 75.
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