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Plutus, the God of Riches. A Comedy. Translated from the Original Greek of Aristophanes: With Large Notes Explanatory and Critical
London: T. Waller, 1742. First edition. [iv], xv, [i], 112 pp., with half-title. 8vo. Stabbed-sewn, stitching renewed, with publisher's prospectus slip tipped to half-title, uncut. Corners of half-title, title and final leaf renewed, some light toning and spotting. In a custom red half morocco slipcase and chemise. First edition. [iv], xv, [i], 112 pp., with half-title. 8vo. First edition this translation of Aristophanes' Plutus by Henry Fielding and William Young. The comedies of Aristophanes served as a model for two of Fielding's most successful plays, Pasquin and The Historical Register. The dedication is to the opposition reformer Lord Talbot, to whom Fielding recommends Aristophanes as one who "exerted that Genius in the Service of his Country." A footnote to Act II, scene 5, references Fielding's distaste towards those who abandoned their opposition to Walpole when he was made Lord Ormond, following his resignation in 1742: "To make use of popular interest, and the character of patriotism, in order to betray one's country, is perhaps the most flagitious of all Crimes" (p. 57). Uncommon on the market, with the last copy sold at auction in 1982 according to ABPC. Cross III, p. 307. Provenance: contemporary marginalia on a few leaves; Bernard Quaritch (pencil collation note on chemise); Louis & Anne Marie Davidson (bookplate)
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