Ovid Travestie: A Burlesque upon Ovid’s Epistles, Captain Alexander Radcliffe, of Grays-Inn (Private Reprint, 1889 [Smithers/Nichols Erotica Biblion Society?] #220/250)
8.75″ X 5.5″, 102pp, hardbound with plain black boards, pages untrimmed. Very good condition.
Reprint of an obscene parody of Ovid, first published in 1680, with 17th-century English characters substituted for Ovid’s Romans. ‘That it merits a place in every collector’s library is undisputed, its singularly easy strain of wit and ludicrous parody of Ovid’s famed Heroides, shewing Capt. Radcliffe to possess not only an intimate knowledge of Ovid’s manner, but a graphic power of turning to ridicule his author’s most poetic flights.’ So says the introduction, adding that nonetheless it ‘is not a volume fitted for the ordinary bookshelf’. “The present reprint is made verbatim from the fourth and complete edition (A.D. 1705).” Alfred Rose (Registrum Librorum Eroticorum, entry no. 3380), lists an edition with the same date and limitation as the present edition, but with the impress of the Smithers/Nichols Erotica Biblion Society.”