Lucius Apuleius was born in 114 A. D in Madauros, Byzancium, which is now present day Algeria, and he died probably some time after 170. Receiving his formal education at Carthage and Athens, he was familiar with the writings of Latin and Greek authors. Before returning to Africa to marry a rich widow, Apuleius taught rhetoric in Rome. The Golden Ass is an account of the ribald adventures of a young man (supposed to resemble the author) who is changed into an ass.In addition to its many notable episodes, it contains the most complete version of the tale of Cupid and Psyche. The overtones are concerned with man's subjection to the world and his final release from fleshly desires.
Apuleius wrote The Golden Ass in Latin, and it was not translated into English until 1566 when William Adlington succeeded in accomplishing the feat. Adlington's translation, considered bad, was not replaced until that by Jack Lindsay in our fine edition. Lindsay translated The Golden Ass from its original Latin, and has included whole sections which eluded Mr.I remember when I was in the tenth grade I read novels of D. Lawrence, as well as The Golden Ass and believed that Apuleius was the winner of my prurient interests. Illustrating our unique edition of this classic, Percival Golden fashioned 100 pen drawings in simple pure lines. The Golden Ass is Grecian, so it is fitting that his illustrations have a Grecian simplicity and the suggestion of an old Greek frieze.
One cannot view them without a chuckle. A number are somewhat erotic, so that qualifies as a double chuckle. The design and printing was performed at The Harbor Press office in New York under the direction of John S.
Fass selected Della Robbia type face from the Mergenthaler Linotype Company because it well presents a single monotone ink quality and simple lines, long flowing monotonous lines. For some alleviation to the simplicity of the pages, Mr.
Fass printed the initials which begin each book in vermilion, and used a rather dressy German initial. For the paper, the Worthy Paper Company manufactured a sober rag according to specifications from Mr. Fass, a rather dull-white in color, with a crackly and smooth surface; it is opaque, and yet thin. The book is bound in the hide of an ass! It is actually made from the skin of a donkey colt, and finished in its natural tannage, without any staining and without any artificial grain.
The resulting leather is creamy in color, is soft and sensual to the fingers, and pleasantly limp for binding around a book. The title is stamped on the spine in pure gold, and the tops of the book's pages are stained with pure gold. Therefore, the slipcase is a gold paper. This is number 457 of 1500, and is signed by Percival Goodman.
The almost impossible to find four page Limited Editions Club Monthly Letter is included. The offer will have instant appeal to serious collectors of the early LEC titles, as well as teachers/scholars/students who follow the Latin classics, and those who enjoy a downright funny, ribald fantasy tale.
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