27 May PORPHYRY. 1977.
Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1977
9.5 × 12.1Bm, brown on cream paper in folded 4pp light brown folder. The image by Ron Costley is of a stag, a crab together on a beach with the text "Enchantment An ear-alluring sweetness." a line from "On Abstinence from Animal Food" by Porphyry. a translation of part of the poem is printed on the inside of the cover - translated by Thomas Taylor. The section tells of how stags and horses and crabs can be charmed by music - the point being that the animals have more consciousness than usually ascribed to them in the days of the Romans. Porphyry was an early advocate of vegetarianism on spiritual and ethical grounds and this work reflects that philosophy.