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The Life of Emperor Julian
London - T Cooper 1746 - An English translation of professor La Bletterie's biographical work. Collated, complete. A very scarce work. Direct from the Regency library of Elizabeth Greenly, later Lady Elizabeth Coffin Greenly. Elizabeth Greenly, born at Titley Court, Herefordshire, was a noted and varied collector. She kept prolific diaries from 1784 until her death in 1839 which included her responses to current events and occasions in her daily life. Among the diaries many names and anecdotes of celebrities of the time appear, including Lord Byron, Marie Atoinette, Mary Wollstonecraft and Hannah More. She was known to comment on customs of foreign countries to which she and her friends had travelled, and had a keen interest in scientific discoveries and advancements including medicine and archaeology. The Greenly library contents show Elizabeth Greenly's numerous interests including: Welsh causes, Science, topography, travel, Bibliana and literature, particularly female poets. The library contains many first editions of contemporary works, and many are signed or contain her bookplate. The library contained over 1000 volumes which show the diversity and depth of her interests and give an insight into the life of this fascinating collector. With an illustrated frontispiece. Although his name is not attributed to this English translation, The Life of Emporer Julian was one of La Bletterie's earliest and most successful works, first published in 1735. It was from this title he earned most of his income. La Bletterie was a professor of Rhetoric and his backgroundwas in ecclesiastical history. Emporer Julian was the last non-Christian ruler of the Roman Emporer, from 361 to 363. He was also a notable philosopher and author in Greek. Condition: In a full calf binding with gilt stamped detailing to spine. Externally generally smart with rubbing particularly to the joints Crack to head of front joint. Internally, firmly bound. Prior owners' ink signatures, E Goodison to pastedown and E Browne to recto of front endpaper. The odd spot throughout. Overall: VERY GOOD. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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