De Rebus Divinis. Dialogi Selecti Graece & Latine, … In commodas Sectiones dispertiti; Annexo ipsarum Indice. Editio Secunda, Auctior & Emendatior.

  • Plato
  • Cantabrigiae [Cambridge]: Ex Officina Joann. Hayes 1683
  • ESTC R11721.

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Description

8vo, pp. [xvi], 256. Title-page printed in red and black, text in columns of Greek and Latin. Contemporary dark brown calf, boards bordered with a blind rule, floral cornerpieces in blind, edges sprinkled red. Title-page very slightly dusty, part of top blank margin of second leaf torn away. Rubbed, one corner and tail of spine slightly worn, label lost from spine, tiny area of insect damage to rear board. One or two annotations in an early hand, shelfmark label to foot of spine, small library stamp to verso of title-page and final leaf.

Notes

The second edition (first 1673) of this selection of Platonic dialogues on theological themes, produced for the Cambridge student market. The title-page claims it is revised and corrected, while comparison with the first edition reveals that the introduction - though entirely reset - is word-for-word identical, although the date at the end has been changed from 'April 30 1673' to 'April 30 1683'. This is a hint that the 'revisions' are printer's puffery, since the editor whose name 'signs' the introduction - John North, master of Trinity College, Cambridge - had died on the 14th of April, 1683.

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