The Satyricon of Petronius, Gaius Petronius [stated “Translated by Sebastian Melmoth (Oscar Wilde)” although some believe it was Alfred R. Allinson] (Charles Carrington, Paris, 1902 [#1/515])
8″ X 6″, 421pp+1 ads, full red morroco with five raised bands and gilt title on spine, gilt monogram “TKD” on front board, marbled end-papers and paste-downs with gilt decorations on leather around edge, top edge gilt, others deckled, title page in black and red, red printed inset text throughout. Fine example of a VERY rare book.
A classic work of translated Latin fiction, consisting of prose and poetry, believed to have been written by Gaius Petronius. The text details the relationship of the narrator, Encolpius and his handsome sixteen year old male lover, who is continually enticed away by others. There is some doubt whether Wilde actually undertook this translation despite the printed slip on the title page. Some consider this to be the first unexpurgated translation of the Satyricon into the English language.