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Lucretius Carus, Titus; Thomas Creech, trans.
Titus Lucretius Carus his six books of Epicurean philosophy, done into English verse, with notes.
London: Pr. for Anthony Stephens, 1683. 8vo (17.4 cm, 6.85"). Frontis., [44], 223, [1], 60 (i.e., 62), [6 (index)] pp. Early printing of one of the most popular and influential English translations of Lucretius's De rerum natura. This long didactic poem in six books (almost completely preserved) was composed in the first century b.c. and is => the most important exposition of the Greek philosophic system of Epicurus. The work also serves as testimony to the transmission of the ideas of Epicureanism into Roman thought and society, and as evidence that the forms of Greek poetry had become at home in the Latin language. => Lucretius's materialistic, anti-superstitious philosophy was much favored by disciples of the Enlightenment.    Creech's rendition, done in heroic couplets, marks both => the first complete English translation published and the first full poetic translation in any language (Butterfield, "Lucretius in the Early Modern Period"). Dibdin notes the particularly good fit between author and translator-editor, based on Creech's "taste, enthusiasm, and particular fondness for the Epicurean philosophy"; others were equally enthusiastic about the translation, and the preliminary laudatory poems here include contributions from Nahum Tate, Thomas Otway, and Aphra Behn, among others. This is the stated third edition, following the first of the preceding year, and a variant of another 1683 printing issued under the names of both Thomas Sawbridge and Anthony Stephens. => The frontispiece was done by Michael Burghers; it depicts Lucretius in a sunbeam of literal and figurati … [Click Below for Full Description]
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