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Marcus Aurelius Antoninus the Roman emperor, his meditations concerning himselfe: treating of a naturall mans happinesse; wherein it consisteth, and of the meanes to attaine unto it. Translated out of the original Greek; with notes: by Meric Casaubon.
London: printed by M. Flesher for Richard Mynne, 1634. Small quarto (185 x 132 mm), without blank A1, otherwise complete as issued. Mid 20th-century plain calf, spine gilt-lettered and dated direct, double gilt rules, red edges. Housed in a burgundy flat-back cloth box by the Chelsea Bindery. Bookplate of the Philadelphia architect Hamilton Vogdes (1893–1979) to front pastedown. With contemporary marginalia and underlining on approximately 50 pages, often struggling to reconcile the text with Christian orthodoxy, a few comments just shaved at fore edge. Light toning to contents, a very good copy. Engraved plate. First edition in English, a translation that proved an enduring success, remaining in print into the 20th century. "The charitable-sociable Stoicism of Casaubon's Marcus Aurelius appealed to a peaceful cosmic holism and rational moral duty in urging the pious conformity widely praised by Stuart advocates of the established church" (Barbour, English Epicures and Stoics, p. 195). In the 19th century Marcus Aurelius' reputation became increasingly contested, on the one hand being praised by liberal Anglican scholars who read his Stoicism as prefiguring Christianity, on the other championed by a number of prominent writers who found it difficult to believe in the existence of God at all. Copies have occasionally appeared on the market with the Faithorne engraved portrait of Marcus Aurelius from Gataker's edition of 1652 inserted as frontispiece, but none is called for in this edition. Aside from the initial blank, this copy is complete as issued. The engraved plate in t … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA member [London, United Kingdom]
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