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All the Works of Epictetus, which are now extant; consisting of his Discourses, preserved by Arrian, in four books, the Enchiridion, and Fragments. Translated from the Original Greek, by Elizabeth Carter. With an introduction, and notes, by the Translator.
Printed for Hulton Bradley, Dublin, 1759. FIRST DUBLIN EDITION, 8vo, pp. [vi], xxxvii, [v], 446, [10]. Contemporary calf, spine divided by raised bands, red morocco label. Lightly toned and dust-soiled throughout. Binding rubbed at extremities, spine creased and a bit worn at head, some other marks and scratches, small corner of flyleaf torn away and endpapers dampmarked. Later bookplate of Robert Cassidy to front pastedown and his ownership inscription to title-page, initials 'G.G.' to flyleaf. The first Dublin edition, one year after the first London edition, of Elizabeth Carter's groundbreaking translation of Epictetus. Carter (1717-1806), poet, translator and prominent member of the Blue Stocking Society, spent nearly a decade working on the translation when domestic duties allowed, eventually producing the first complete translation of Epictetus into English to both good sales - over a thousand copies went within a few months - and wide critical acclaim, including from her friend (and subscriber) Samuel Johnson. This Dublin edition, also published by subscription, appeared the following year and is scarcer than the London first. ESTC T138731. [Attributes: First Edition]
Bookseller: McNaughtan's Bookshop, ABA PBFA ILAB [Edinburgh, United Kingdom]
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