Fabulae Selectae Auctore Joanne Gay Latine Redditae

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Anstey, Christopher
Gay, John
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1798
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Here is a curiosity of the first order! This book presents and renders into Latin elegiac couplets seventeen of Gay's fables. I tried one, and found the Latin moving along splendidly. It is also quite faithful to the English. What I read is the last here: The Hare and many Friends or Lepus et amicorum copia (130/131). What a hoot! I was at first confused by the 1777 dedication by the Intepres (which must be Chr. Ansley), right beside the preface, signed C.A. in Bathoniae, 1798. From a cursory reading of the preface, I gather that he wrote these translations twenty years earlier and gave them over into the patronage of the Prince of Wales and published them, though with no name and plenty of errors. Now he has had time, before leaving life, to review his life's works, and he has published this translation as a source of useful fun to his descendants. He takes pride in having learned sixty years earlier at Eton the Latin that he uses here. Marbled paper wraps.
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Cadell et Davis
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