Title: P. Ovidi Nasonis Heroides
Publication date: Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1898
Library: Columbia University (Butler Library)
Call number: 87OR IE98
Submitted by: Tara Key
Signed by H. Darnley Naylor. Inscription reads, ” Ormond College Feb. 1905 (Saved from the wreck of the Orizaba).”
Henry Darnley Naylor was a classicist, mentored by Gilbert Murray. From 1895-1906 he was a lecturer at Ormond College in the University of Melbourne. The ship S. S. Orizaba, a mail carrier, did, indeed, wreck on Five Fathom Bank on approach to Freemantle in February, 1905, striking a reef. All 160 passengers were brought to safety, and the ship broke up and disappeared two years later. It is one of the largest ships to have wrecked in Australian waters.
Seventy-five percent of the pages have painstaking notes and annotations.
There is a secondary stamp on the title page that reads, “R. J. G. Kershaw.” His identity is not known.