The Letters of Marcus Tullius Cicero to Several of his Friends: with Remarks by William Melmoth, Esq; the second edition.

  • Cicero
  • London: Printed for J. Dodsley 1772
  • ESTC T137810.


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3 vols., 8vo, pp. [vi], 477, [3]; [iv], 468, [4]; [iv], 384, [2]. Contemporary sprinkled sheep, boards bordered with a gilt rule, spines divided by raised bands between gilt rules, second compartments with paper labels lettered in ink, third numbered in gilt. A little minor spotting. Extremities worn, spines a little creased and joints just cracking at ends. Ownership inscription of Elizabeth Heber (July 2nd 1779) to flyleaves.


The second appearance of William Melmoth the younger's translation of selections from Cicero's letters, first published 1753. Melmoth had achieved such success with his translation of Pliny's letters (1747) that he was offered twelve times the fee by Dodsley to tackle Cicero, and the gamble paid off: a fifth edition was needed before the century was out and it remained a standard text well into the 19th century. Melmoth's translation also served as one of the vectors through which Ciceronian ideals influenced the founding the American republic.

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