22 June 2010
PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION
THUCYDIDES (471?-400? BC). Eight Bookes of the Peloponnesian Warre Interpreted with Faith and Diligence Immediately out of the Greeke by Thomas Hobbes. London: for Hen Seile, 1629.
2o (315 x 200 mm). Engraved title, 2 engraved plates, 3 engraved maps (one folding and 2 double-page), woodcut headpieces, letters, and printer's devices throughout. (few small marginal tears, mild browning thoroughout). Contemporary blind-tooled calf (rebacked, light rubbing). Provenance: James Lord Duffus (ink signature dated 1682).
FIRST EDITION of Thomas Hobbes' translation. Thucydides' history of the Peloponnesian war (431-404 B.C.) is renowned as much for establishing historical methods and standards as for its record of one of the most important events in Greek history. Thucydides states that he limited his sources to either personal knowledge or close scrutiny of the evidence of others. In seeking to set forth the facts of the war untainted by hearsay, he created a lasting record which was, as he himself called it, "a possession for ever" (PMM 102). STC 24058.
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