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    16 June 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 135

    PLATO (?427-347 B.C.). The Works ... viz. His Fifty-Five Dialogues and Twelve Epistles. Translated from the Greek, translated by Floyer Sydenham and Thomas Taylor, London: for Thomas Taylor, by R. Wilks and sold by E. Jeffery and R. H. Evans, 1804.

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    PLATO (?427-347 B.C.). The Works ... viz. His Fifty-Five Dialogues and Twelve Epistles. Translated from the Greek, translated by Floyer Sydenham and Thomas Taylor, London: for Thomas Taylor, by R. Wilks and sold by E. Jeffery and R. H. Evans, 1804.

    5 volumes, 4° (310 x 243 mm). Half-titles, one folding engraved plate. (Occasional light spotting, portion of the first title repaired not affecting text, with two small old tape stains.) ORIGINAL DRAB BOARDS, UNCUT AND PARTIALLY UNOPENED (rebacked to style in cloth, original printed spine labels preserved).

    FIRST COMPLETE EDITION OF PLATO'S WORKS IN ENGLISH. The work was begun by Floyer Sydenham, who translated nine of the dialogues, and finished by Thomas Taylor after Sydenham's death. Taylor also added a commentary and notes on the existing manuscript and on Plato's philosophy. Taylor’s edition was immediately important, and remains in print today. This edition is uncommon complete in any condition, but especially so uncut in boards. Lowndes 1877.


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