The Tragedies of Sophocles, from the Greek. By Thomas Francklin, D.D. A new edition.

  • Sophocles
  • London: Printed for Edward Jeffery 1793
  • ESTC T140982.


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8vo, pp. 61, [3], 456 + frontispiece. Contemporary marbled calf, spine divided by gilt rules, green morocco label. A little light spotting. Extremities rubbed, spine ends lightly chipped, front joint cracked, front flyleaf and hinge renewed, sellotape mark to front pastedown. Modern ownership inscription to pastedown.


The fourth London edition (there were two Dublin reprints as well) of Francklin's pioneering translation of Sophocles, the first full translation of Sophocles into English verse. It includes the substantial 'dissertation on ancient Greek tragedy' which was first added to the second edition of 1766. It remained a standard version until the end of the 19th century.

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