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Marcus Aurelius to Himself
London: Macmillan and Co., Limited, 1910. The Thoughts of Marcus Aurelius Handsomely Bound ca. 1910 by Ramage of London [RAMAGE, binders]. Marcus Aurelius to Himself. In English by Gerald H. Rendall… Head Master of Charterhouse. London: Macmillan and Co., Limited, 1910. Golden Treasury Series. Small octavo (5 7/8 x 3 7/8 inches; 150 x 98 mm.). xlii, 167, [1, imprint] pp. Frontispiece with tissue guard. Some light foxing affecting front and rear blank leaves only. Handsomely bound by Ramage of London ca. 1910 (Stamp-signed in gilt on front turn-in). Full brown morocco, covers with double-gilt rules surrounding four large and elaborate gilt corner designs, spine with five raised bands, elaborately tooled and lettered in gilt in compartments, gilt board edges and wide turn-ins, blue mottled paper liners and endleaves, all edges gilt. A fine example of the work of this exceptional London binder. Born in London in 1836, John Ramage served an apprenticeship with John Wright, then went to Paris, where he was able to work with the distinguished Marcellin Lortic (1822-1892), who opened his shop on the Rue St. Honoré in 1840. In 1860 Ramage purchased the binding business of Alexander Banks, Jr., in Edinburgh, then returned three years later to London, where he was in business at various locations into the 20th century. Though the range designs is broad, Ramage bindings are celebrated for their remarkably delicate, careful, and elaborate gilt work. Marcus Aurelius. Latin: Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Augustus; [26 April 121 - 17 March 180 AD) was Roman Emperor from 161 to 180. He ruled with Lucius Verus as co-emperor from 161 until Verus' death in 169. Marcus Aurelius was the last of the so-called Five Good Emperors. He was a practitioner of Stoicism, and his untitled writing, commonly known as the Meditations, is the most significant source of the modern understanding of ancient Stoic philosophy. During his reign, the Empire defeated a revitalized Parthian Empire in the East: Aurelius' general Avidius Cassius sacked the capital Ctesiphon in 164. In central Europe, Aurelius fought the Marcomanni, Quadi, & Sarmatians with success during the Marcomannic Wars, although the threat of the Germanic tribes began to represent a troubling reality for the Empire. A revolt in the East led by Avidius Cassius failed to gain momentum and was suppressed immediately. Marcus Aurelius' Meditations, written in Greek while on campaign between 170 and 180, are still revered as a literary monument to a philosophy of service and duty, describing how to find and preserve equanimity in the midst of conflict by following nature as a source of guidance and inspiration.
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