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The History of the Grecian War: In Eight - THUCYDIDES [c. 471-400 B.C.] - 1676. [1194025]
Printed by Andrew Clark for Charles Harper, London 1676 - Pp. 23 p.l ., 357, [10] table. Added copper-engraved title, title in red and black, 3 folding engraved maps, 2 engraved plates. Contemporary marbled calf (in an unusual striped pattern), with a plain spine, raised bands, and a gilt morocco label. Minor worming to front board, short split to upper front joint, engraved title and title partially reinforced with tape at inner margin, archival tape repairs to two maps, faint marginal dampstaining to a few leaves, sporadic marginal worming, occasionally touching letterpress, but not affecting legibility; but overall an exceptionally clean, crisp copy in a handsome and well-preserved binding. The Third Edition (not the second, as stated) of Thomas Hobbes' (1588-1679) famous translation of Thucydides. The work was first published in a folio edition in London 1628, then in 1634 and 1676, likewise in folio, and later in 1723, in two volumes, octavo. Hobbes' History of the Grecian War was the author's first published work; it was also the first English translation of Thucydides made directly from a Greek manuscript and the first to include maps. "(It) has been always esteemed one of the best translations we have of any Greek author, and the Author himself took care of the maps and indices." (Brueggemann) "Bating his inaccuracy of detail (his Greek was not perfect, and the text was still in bad case) it is a masterpiece. Read him in the famous speeches. and Jowett seems a nerveless paraphrase." (Smith). Thucydides' History of the Peloponnesian War describes the struggle between Athens and Sparta, and their allies, during the years 431-404 B.C. It was an on-again-off-again affair in which Thucydides personally took part as the commander of an Athenian naval squadron. As the later historian tells us, the war was fought mainly because of Sparta's fear of Athenian imperial ambitions. The contest was finally decided in favour of Sparta when Cyrus of Persia threw his weight behind the Spartan cause. Thucydides' authoritative account, which remained unfinished at his death, is "one of the greatest historical works of all time, notable for its condensed, direct, and graphic style, for its fairness and scientific method, for the author's sense of the causal co nnexion between events, and for its reasoning on political questions." (Harvey, p. 429). Wing T-1134. Brueggemann, p. 123. Moss II, 699. Smith, Classics in Translation. p. 162. Size: Folio [Attributes: Hard Cover]
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