A Treatise on the Situation, Manners and Inhabitants of Germany; and the Life of Agricola; by C. Cornelius Tacitus: translated into English by John Aikin, M.D. with copious notes and a map of antient Germany. The second edition.

  • Tacitus
  • London: Printed for J. Johnson 1805


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8vo, pp. viii, 247, [1, ads] + folding frontispiece map. Original blue boards backed in slightly darker paper, printed paper label to spine. Some light spotting, a short handling tear and several creases to map. Spine covering frayed and partially defective, joints cracking but sound. Ownership inscription of Elizabeth Carnegie to flyleaf.


Physician and author John Aikin (1747-1822) published his translation of the Agricola first in 1774, and the Germanica - together with a reprint of the Agricola - in 1777. This second edition of the pair is scarcer than either of the first two, with COPAC locating copies in just 5 locations. The earlier editions are sometimes assumed to be the work of Aikin's father, also John, the classics master at the dissenting academy in Warrington, but this printing confirms (through the 'M.D.' on the title-page and the list of other works by the same author on the final advertisement page) that the translations were the work of the younger man.

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