Daphnis and Chloe.

Limited Salon Edition of Daphnis and Chloe; From the library of legendary actor Orson Welles with his ownership signature

Daphnis and Chloe.

WELLES, Orson) Longus. Illustrated by Raphael Collin.

Item Number: 96879

Paris: Societe des Beaux Arts, c. 1900.

Limited salon edition of this ancient Greek novel. Octavo, bound in three quarters morocco over marbled boards, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, red morocco inlays to the spine, top edge gilt, marbled endpapers, illustrated with numerous engravings with tissue guards. One of 550 numbered copies, this is number 204. Orson Welles’ copy with his ownership signature to the front free endpaper. American actor, director, writer, and producer Orson Welles is remembered for his innovative work in theatre, radio, and film; particularly his 1941 mystery drama film Citizen Kane. Library stamps, in very good condition. Rare and desirable with noted provenance.

Set on the isle of Lesbos during the 2nd century AD, the ancient greek novel Daphnis and Chloe is the only known work of Greek novelist Longus. Rhetorical and pastoral in style, the story centres on two orphans who fall in love and eventually marry. Daphnis and Chloe resembles a modern novel more than does its chief rival among Greek erotic romances, the Aethiopica of Heliodorus.

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