Folio Society Published Works Number 1905
Ovid - Metamorphoses Limited Edition
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Ovid - Metamorphoses Limited Edition (Published in by The Folio Society in 2008. Bound in Nigerian goatskin leather, blocked in gold with a design by Simon Brett based on Bernini's sculpture of Apollo and Daphne. 484 pages. Book Size: 13" x 9¾". 16 tipped-in colour plates, 2 with a gatefold. Printed endpapers, gilded top edge, ribbon marker. Presented in a gold-blocked solander box. Number xxx of a Limited Edition of 2750 copies. Ovid's epic poem with paintings by Titian. Metamorphoses, Ovid's epic poem of gods and men, is one of the most seductive and influential works ever written. First published 2,000 years ago, it has inspired poets and artists through the ages. In the 16th century, the Italian master Titian created a series of sublime paintings based on scenes from Metamorphoses. In this Folio Society limited edition, all of these paintings are published with the poem for the first time. Titian's homages to Ovid continued throughout his career, from the joyful dynamism of his early Bacchus and Ariadne to later, more sombre paintings like The Death of Actaeon and The Flaying of Marsyas. The range of style and emotion in these paintings, from poetic delight to dark tragedy, reflect the genius of both the artist and the poet who inspired him. )