Plutarch’s Lives, in six volumes: translated from the Greek. With notes, explanatory and critical, from Dacier and others. To which is prefix’d the Life of Plutarch, written by Dryden.

  • Plutarch
  • London: Printed for J. and R. Tonson 1758
  • ESTC T106655.

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Description

6 vols., 8vo, pp. lxiv, 382 + frontispiece; 468; 468; 431, [1]; 467, [1]; 245, [219]. A number of oval portrait engravings within text. Contemporary biscuit calf, boards bordered with a gilt roll, spines gilt in compartments with raised bands, red and green morocco labels, marbled endpapers. Some minor spotting. Rubbed, extremities a bit worn, several labels chipped or lost, one with some damage to underlying leather.

Notes

A late edition of the 'Dryden' Plutarch, based on the original Greek (unlike North's earlier version) by 'several hands' under Dryden's editorship, among them Thomas Creech, Paul Rycaut, and Richard Duke, and first published in the 1680s. Some revision was made after Dacier's 1690s French edition, and the text remained the standard for almost a century. It was the new translation by the Langhorne brothers in 1770 which knocked it from its perch as the unquestioned English version, though it remained in print for some decades afterward nonetheless.

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