A New Translation of the Nicomachean Ethics. Second edition.

  • Aristotle
  • Oxford: Printed by W. Baxter, for J. and C. Vincent 1826


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8vo, pp. [ii], 339, [1]. Near-contemporary half vellum, marbled boards, spine lettered in red paint. Lightly foxed. Binding rubbed, corners worn, vellum entirely lost from one corner. Ownership inscription of Franc[is] Rolfe Crockford of St Alban Hall, Oxford (matric. 1844) to initial blank, intermittent marginal annotations in ink and pencil.


The substantially revised and scarcer second edition of this early translation of the Nicomachean Ethics into English. The first translation was a paraphrastic version by John Gillies in 1789, followed by Thomas Taylor's complete works some twenty years later, with this anonymous version first appearing in 1819. The preface to the first edition indicates that the text is the work of two translators, one providing the first six books, the other the last four and the notes, both aiming for faithful adherence to the Greek. This second edition, which omits the preface, has been substantially revised - presumably by the translator of the last four books, since the text of the first six has seen much more alteration.

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