Lucii Apuleii Madaurensis Platonici Philosphi Opera
Apud Fredericum Leonard, Regis, Serenissimi Delphini, et Cleri Gallicani Typographum, vi? Jacob?? sub Scuto Veneto.
TWO VOLUMES. 4to. 7.25 x 9.75 inches. [Vol. I],  + 564 pp.; Tomus Alter, 565-848 pp + 256 [i.e. 254] pp. index. Pagination and register continuous for main text. Paraphrases ('Interpretatio') and notes in double columns below main text). Text in Latin. Bound in contemporary vellum, spines in compartments with raised bands with contrasting maroon leather title label. Extremities show a little age related wear and interior marginally browned, with one neat page repair, [Vol. I], p.119-20; otherwise a very good copy. Illustrated by engraved frontispiece (depicting Arion and the dolphin, with Delphin emblem, on verso of first leaf), by engraved figures and chart in text, printer's device on title page, head and tailpiece vignettes and by initials. The first volume has manuscript notes on the text and the favourable opinion of the critic Brunet on the first free endpaper. The Delphin Classics 1688 edition of the works of the Latin prose writer and Platonist philosopher, Lucius Apuleius Madaurensis (c. AD 124-170), a Roman citizen of North Africa, who was also involved in mystery cults. The first volume contains the Metamorphos and the Apolgia, his successful trial defence against a charge of using magic to gain the affections of a widow. The Metamorphos is better known today as the bawdy and irreverent work, The Golden Ass and is the first surviving novel in Latin to survive in its entirety. The second volume includes the philosophical writings on Plato, De Deo Socratis (on demons), De Mundo, Florida (or extracts from his writings) and Fragments, etc., followed by an extensive index. The volume was prepared by Julien Fleury (1650-1725), canon of Chartres, as part of the Delphin classics series for the use of the eldest son of Louis XIV, the Dauphin, Louis (1661-1711). These famous editions, published 1670-98, reprinted the Latin texts with paraphrases, notes and an index of the Latin words.
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