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Plutarch [Dryden]
PLUTARCH'S LIVES [In Six Volumes: Translated from the Greek. With Notes, Explanatory and Critical, From Dacier and Others. To Which is Prefix'd the LIFE OF PLUTARCH , Written by Dryden]
J. Williams in Skinner Row (but possibly by J & R Tonson in London, for the Irish market), 1769. 6 volumes. A rare and very attractive printing. With a beautiful engraved frontispiece to volume one, each "life" is accompanied with a large engraved portrait in oval, in the style of a Roman broach or coin, for those few for whom no reliable likeness was available, empty frames have been cleverly placed where the portrait would otherwise be located. 8vo, bound in handsome contemporary polished calf over correct 18th century marbled boards, the spines with double gilt rules bordering the raised bands, one compartment with red morocco lettering label gilt and one compartment with volume numbers on contrasting green morocco labels in gilt. lxiv, 382; 468; 468; 431; 467; 245, index pp. A fine and handsome set in full period state with no sophistication or restoration. Some light age wear to the edges, but a very well preserved set, clean internally, crisp and unpressed and the bindings in good order. A RARELY SEEN PRINTING, AND A VERY PLEASING SET, HANDSOMELY BOUND AT THE TIME. Plutarch continues to be one of our most important sources for the history of Greece and Rome and is also well-known as a primary source for the plots of Shakespeare's classical plays and for numerous passages in the non-Roman ones. The great bard relied almost exclusively on Plutarch's writings for the historical background of ancient Rome. The Lives of Plutarch (ca. AD 50 - ca. 125) was one of the most influential works of antiquity, and was the most popular work at the time of the Renaissance. The Lives … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Antiquarian Bookshop Buddenbrooks, Inc. [US]
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