The Art of Love. By Ovid. Translated by James Michie. Paintings by Grahame Baker. Illustrated Edition. Folio Society. London, 1993.

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Publius Ovidius Naso, the ancient Roman poet, remains one of the pillars of Western literature. Born 43 BC, he was a contemporary of Virgil and Horace, and in his lifetime, he was enormously popular, with ancient Romans recognizing him by line and image across the empire. He often wrote in elegiac couplets or hexameters with vivid imagery and incredible comedic and poignant timing. His epic poem Metamorphoses is usually considered his greatest and lasting work, but so too is Ars Amatoria, or The Art of Love, which has been retold and translated for two millenia. It is a parody of didactic poetry, a three-part manual on seduction, romance, and dating. Ovid gives practical advice for all sorts of romantic situations. He describes how and where to meet new lovers, how to spend time apart so as to kindle longing, and how to choose sexual positions. His suggestions span the full range of class and gender, too, with sections aimed at aristocratic husbands, single and married women, and even people imprisoned or enslaved. This illustrated edition, translated by James Michie, contains all three books of The Art of Love, sparing no section. It pairs the text with Grahame Baker’s full-page paintings. The paintings are appropriately done in a Greco-Roman style with highly erotic imagery. It is a spectacular rendition of Ovid’s classic, sure to please the admiring collector.

This illustrated edition is in fine condition. In the original full cloth boards, fine with illustrated inset label to front board. Text block fine, Baker’s full-page paintings superb. In the publisher’s original slipcase, very nearly fine with only minor closed tear to spine and minor sticker residue.

A fine illustrated edition of Ovid’s classic instructional poetry on love.

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The Art of Love. By Ovid. Translated by James Michie. Paintings by Grahame Baker. Illustrated Edition. Folio Society. London, 1993.

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Weight 5 lbs
Dimensions 12 × 9 × 5 in