THE SATYRICON OF PETRONIUS ARBITER (Manuscript)
1922. Hard Cover. Folio. Item #4920
Original typed manuscript from the library of publisher Edwin Newberry Durland with his bookplate, of which is an original hand drawn sketch to be used for the printing of his bookplate. THE SATYRICON OF PETRONIUS ARBITER. A Complete and Unexpurgated Translation , in Which are Incorporated the Forgeries of Nodot and Marchena, and the Readings Introduced Into the Text By De Salas, together with explanatory notes, arranged and translated by W.C. Firebaugh. The first complete manuscript (typed), as arranged for publication, and containing unpublished material and unpublished notes (and letters). With a title page apparently printed by Durland in red and black; Chicago, Edwin N. Durland, 1922. Manuscript typed in red and black. Handsomely bound in contemporary 3/4 deep purple crushed morocco over purple silk cloth, raised bands with compartments lettered and decorated in gilt, top edge gilt, marbled endpapers, another owner's neat bookplate to front pastedown. [together with] THE SATYRICON OF PETRONIUS ARBITER, translated by W.C. Firebaugh, published for private circulation only by Boni & Liveright, New York; 1922. In two volumes, Limited edition 1/1250 copies, 258pp., through 516pp., illustrated by Norman Lindsay, bound in original paper covered boards, paper spine labels lettered in black, top edges gilt, joints rubbed with closed paper tear to foot and tear and wear to head of volume one. a very good set. Both works housed in custom slipcases trimmed in leather. Petronius Arbiter (1st century A.D.) was a Roman satirical writer and author of the Satyricon (Tales of Satyrs), and a friend of Nero. The work depicts with wit, humor and realism, the licentious life of the upper class in Southern Italy. Only parts of the 15th and 16 books, in a fragmentary state, survived.