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HYSTORY WRITTONE BY THUCIDIDES the Athenyan of the warre, which was betwene the Peloponesians and the Athenyans, translated oute of Frenche into the Englysh language by Thomas Nicolls Citizeine and Goldesmyth of London.

Thucydides. (Niccolls Thomas)

Published by London Imprinted the XXV day of July in the Yeare of our Lorde God a Thousande fyve hundredde and fiftye [1550], 1550
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First Edition of the First Translation of Thucydides into English. Printed in Black Letter. Title within a woodcut border and with a profusion of illustrated or historiated initials. Folio, near contemporary calf, the spine decorated in gilt with period tools within compartments and with a brown morocco label lettered in gilt. Now housed in a very fine morocco backed fold-over box. CCxxiii + Errata. A fine unpressed and unwashed copy, some old and early marginalia, some very occasional and very small chips to edges of a few leaves, the binding with some expert and highly sympathetic restoration to the back but preserving the original spine panel. THE FIRST ENGLISH TRANSLATION OF THUCYDIDES. 'Thucydides stands alone among the men of his own age and has no superior of any age, in the width of mental grasp which could seize the general significance of particular events. The political education of mankind began in Greece, and in the time of Thucydides their political life was still young. Thucydides knew only the small city-commonwealthe on the one hand, and on the other the vast barbaric kingdom; and yet, as has been well said of him, "there is hardly a problem in the science of government which the statesman will not find, if not solved, at any rate handled, in the pages of this universal master."' In an address to the great Greek scholar "Mayster John Cheke," Niccolls asks him "not onelye with fououre to accepte this the furste my fruict in translatyon, but also conferringe it with the Greke, so to amende and correct it, in those places and sentences, whiche youre exacte lernynge and knolaige shall Iudge mete to be altered and refourmed, that thereby thys sayd translation may triumphantly resist and wythstande the malycyous and deadly stynge of the generall and most ennemyes of all good exercyse." This translation alone held the field until Thomas Hobbes published his in 1629, nearly a century later. Bookseller Inventory # 25760

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Title: HYSTORY WRITTONE BY THUCIDIDES the Athenyan ...

Publisher: London Imprinted the XXV day of July in the Yeare of our Lorde God a Thousande fyve hundredde and fiftye [1550]

Publication Date: 1550

Binding: Hardcover

Edition: 1st Edition

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