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Woodcut illustration of naked female by Auguste Rodin on pale pink cover, 'ELEGIES OF LOVE', in blue font above, by Pallas Athene.

Elegies of Love

By (author) Ovid
Illustrated by Auguste Rodin
Translated by Christopher Marlowe


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  • Ovid's matchless love poems in a glittering translation by the young Christopher Marlowe, illustrated by Rodin’s astonishingly free and improvisatory woodcuts, made in his later years
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Never reprinted since their first, posthumous appearance in 1935, these woodcuts were the only printed versions of his work to receive Rodin’s full approval. Mostly self-educated, Rodin was a passionate re-reader of his favourite books, and Ovid’s Love Elegies occupied a special place in his imagination. These woodcut illustrations were taken from the astonishingly free and improvisatory life drawings he made in his later years. For many people these are the most entrancing manifestation of his genius. Privately published in 1939 in a very strictly limited edition, these 31 beautiful images are very rarely seen. This edition marries Rodin’s illustrations to Christopher Marlowe’s glittering translation, which was ceremonially burnt by the Archbishop of Canterbury in 1599.

Pallas Athene
6th Apr 2023
Paperback / softback
205 mm x 134 mm
64 Pages
32 b&w
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