12mo, pp. [ii], aquatint frontispiece, 126; woodcut headpiece; some foxing and browning throughout, but never heavy; tear with slight loss to half-title, not affecting text; in contemporary sheep-backed speckled boards, gilt-lettered morocco label, flat spine tooled in gilt; spine worn but still an attractive copy.
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An apparently unrecorded collection of verses inspired by the Augustan poets by the French poet, translator, and educator Jean Nicolas Marie Deguerle (1766 – 1824).
Perhaps best known for his Eloge des perruques of 1799, Deguerle taught grammar and rhetoric at several colleges throughout France before becoming professor of French literature at the Sorbonne in 1809. He was the author of several short verse works, as well as of a number of translations of Cicero and Virgil. Les amours is a collection of thirty-two poems of various lengths on subjects related to love. In a short essay at the end of the volume, Deguerle acknowledges his debt to the Augustan poets: ‘Heureux celui qui fait aimer et vaincre! Plus heureux celui qui peut chanter et ses triomphes et ses plaisirs! Celui enfin qui, dans des vers voués à l’immortalité, réunit la délicatesse de Catulle, la pureté de Gallus, l’imagination de Properce, l’esprit d’Ovide, et l’âme de Tibulle!’
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