The History of Herodotus, translated from the Greek. With notes. By the Rev. William Beloe.

  • Herodotus
  • London: Printed for Leigh and Sotheby 1791
  • ESTC T146951.


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FIRST BELOE EDITION, 4 vols., 8vo, pp. ix, [i], 434; [ii], 489, [1]; [ii], 456; [ii], 192, [176]. Contemporary diced russia, boards bordered with a double gilt rule, spines divided by raised bands between gilt rules, second and fourth compartments gilt-lettered direct, the others with a central small circular gilt tool, marbled edges and endpapers. A little spotting, one or two minor paper flaws. A little rubbed, slight sunning to extremities, a touch of wear to spine ends. Small paper label to foot of spine of vol. 1, evidence of tidy bookplate removal to front pastedowns.


A very pleasant copy of the first edition of the second complete translation of Herodotus into English, following the work of Littlebury which had originally appeared in 1709. The translator, William Beloe (1758–1817), moved through various livings while producing poetry and translations from the Greek, then in 1803 obtained his dream job as an under-librarian at the British Museum - however, a few years later he was found negligent following a theft and sacked, leaving him bitter until the end of his life. Outside of his editing work (Beloe was assistant editor of the British Critic) this Herodotus was among his largest achievements: it was reprinted several times in the nineteenth century, including in America until Rawlinson's became the default.

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