The Works of Anacreon, Sappho, Bion, Moschus and Musæus. Translated…

~ The Works of Anacreon, Sappho, Bion, Moschus and Musæus. Translated from the original Greek. London: Printed for J. Newbery... and L. Davis and C. Reymers. 1760.

8vo (161 × 95 mm), pp. x, 321, [3]; contemporary sprinkled calf, probably Scottish; slightly worn, joints cracked but secure; armorial bookplate of Richardson of Pitfour.

There are two editions of 1760: one giving the author’s name (as here); the other, presumably the first, stating ‘By a gentleman of Cambridge’. Fawkes was one of the eighteenth-century’s most able classical translators and this is one his more important literary efforts, with a tantalizing ‘thank-you’ in the preface to an unnamed ‘ingenious and worthy Friend (whose Name would do Honour to the Title page) for his Revisal and Correction of this little Work.’ Fawkes had a wide circle of literary friends, which included Samuel Johnson and John Jortin. Roscoe, A8 (2).

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