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The hystory writtone by Thucidides (.) The - THUCYDIDES; Thomas Niccolls, transl - 1550. 
London William Tylle the xxv. day of Iuly in the yeare of oure Lorde God a thousande fyue hundredde and fyftye 1550 - Folio. Cvi, Cvi-Clxxix, Clxxix-CC.xxiii , leaves, title within cartouche border; title just a bit cropped at head, last leaf (errata) soiled, marginal restoration to gutter not affecting text. Modern red morocco gilt by Sangorski & Sutcliffe, all edges gilt, generally a clean handsome example. First Edition of the first translation of Thucydides into English. Prior to this edition, works by classical authors were only available in Greek, Latin, or occasionally French. Such was the importance of having translations of classical works in English that Thomas Nicholls was granted a royal privilege to publish further translations uncontested for seven years. Nicholls had no knowledge of Greek and so translated his work from an earlier French edition by Claude de Seysell which had in turn been translated from Latin. It was this translating via a tertiary source which led Thomas Hobbes to criticise Nicholls' work in his 1676 English translation, the first to be translated directly from Greek. "The standards and methods of Thucydides as a contemporary historian have never been bettered. He began work at the very start of the events he records, and the penetration and concentration which he devoted to his account of the Peloponnesian War (between Athens and Sparta from 431 to 404 BC) were based on the conviction that it would prove the most important event in Greek history" (PMM). Scarce in fine condition: the handful of copies we could trace at auction in the last 30 years were all incomplete or badly damaged. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
[Bookseller: Shapero Rare Books]
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