The Golden Asse (Calla Illustrated Edition)

Lucius Apuleius, Jean de Bosschere

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The Golden Asse by Lucius Apuleius, illustrated by Jean de Bosschère / ISBN 9781606600931 / 282-page hardback published by Calla Editions

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Written in the second century A.D., this picaresque classic is the ancient world's only surviving complete novel. Concerning an inquisitive young man transformed into an ass by a magic potion, the narrative digresses into other tales of love, intrigue, and witchcraft ― a story-within-a-story technique that inspired many later authors, including Boccaccio, Cervantes, and Rabelais. This lavish hardcover edition reproduces the John Lane/Bodley Head version, first published in London in 1923. William Adlington's highly readable 16th-century translation from Latin to English is enhanced by 16 full-page plates, eight in color, and numerous black-and-white images by noted illustrator Jean de Bosschère.

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