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THE REPUBLIC OF PLATO [Two Volume Set]
Arthur L. Humphreys, London 1898 - A beautifully produced edition of Plato's Republic in the noted English translation by John Llewelyn Davies and David James Vaughan. Printed on laid paper made by Van Gelder, titles printed in red and black, decorative initials. A handsome book set in distinctive type, and printed to very high standards with the finest materials -- owing more than a little bit to the nascent private press movement of the 1890's. Bound in navy blue half morocco over blue cloth-covered boards; five raised bands, gilt lettering and decorative devices in compartments at spines, marbled endpapers. Some very minor rubbing at edges, quite a lovely set. The private bindings are not signed or ticketed, but are a happy choice, especially considering that Arthur Humphreys issued most of his fine edition in blue boards backed with very fragile ivory paper spines. (Surviving copies in that publisher's original binding are scarce, and usually found in a less-than-ideal state of preservation). Attractive armorial bookplate on front endpaper in Volume One -- Lewis Harcourt / Nuneham Park, Oxford. OCLC: 2616244 Height: 23 cm. The Davies-Vaughan translation, first published in 1852, was the most popular 19th century edition until Jowett's; however, Jowett has been criticized for infusing his own philosophical and political leanings into his translation. The original owner of this set, Lewis Vernon Harcourt, 1st Viscount Harcourt PC (1863 – 1922) was a British Liberal Party politician who held the Cabinet office of Secretary of State for the Colonies from 1910 to 1915 under H. H. Asquith. Educated at Eton, Harcourt became private secretary to his father who served as Home Secretary from 1880 to 1885. In 1899, Harcourt married Mary Ethel, a niece of J.P. Morgan. Harcourt's fervent campaigning to have his father appointed Prime Minister incurred the lasting animosity of rival Archibald Primrose, 5th Earl of Rosebery who served as Liberal Prime Minister from 1894-1895. Harcourt worked to undermine Rosebery's administration, believing his father would then succeed to the premiership; instead the Liberal Party was relegated to the opposition for 10 years. Harcourt held a number of public offices during the first two decades of the twentieth century, most notably as Secretary of State for the Colonies from 1910 to 1915. Port Harcourt (Nigeria) is named in his honor. When a private scandal threatened to become public, he committed suicide in 1922. Historians will long remember that the diaries of Lewis Harcourt contain a report that one of the Queen's chaplains, Rev. Norman Macleod, made a deathbed confession repenting of his action in presiding over Queen Victoria's supposed secret marriage to her Balmoral servant John Brown. The debate over the nature of Victoria's unquestionable attachment to John Brown will continue. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
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