LIVES OF THE NOBLE GRECIANS AND ROMANES, Compared Together by that Grave and Learned Philosopher &... LIVES OF THE NOBLE GRECIANS AND ROMANES, Compared Together by that Grave and Learned Philosopher &... LIVES OF THE NOBLE GRECIANS AND ROMANES, Compared Together by that Grave and Learned Philosopher &...

LIVES OF THE NOBLE GRECIANS AND ROMANES, Compared Together by that Grave and Learned Philosopher & Historiographer, Plutarke of Chæronea: Translated out of Greek in to French by James Amyot.and out of French into Englishe by Thomas North

Plutarch, (c. A.D. 46-120).

Published by London by Richard Field for Bonham Norton 1595, 1595
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RARE PRINTING IN ENGLISH FROM THE 1500's. Very Scarce and Very Important. The Shakespeare Plutarch, the printing presumed to this day to have been used by Shakespeare in his research and historical writing. Only the second edition of North's first translation of Plutarch into English, this the rare issue with Norton's imprint instead of that of Thomas Wright. This copy with the 1740 signature of Sir John St Aubyn, 3rd Baronet, on the verso of the title-page. Printer's device on the titlepage, numerous woodcut portraits within elaborate woodcut borders as chapter-headings, various woodcut initials and head- and tail-pieces. Folio, handsomely bound in later full dark black morocco, the boards with a double gilt fillet border, the spines with gilt ruled bands and gilt lettering. [xiv], 1173 [20] pp. An honest and textually complete copy, for the most part very clean, lacking only the final few leaves of the index and probably a blank. The leaves of the dedication and "to the reader" are bound out of order but are all present, the title-page with early repairs from the back including replacement of a section missing from the upper right corner affecting several lines of the title, some preliminary leaves strengthened or repaired at the fore-edge affecting the marginal notations only, these leaves a bit more mellowed, the index somewhat worn at the edges and with some minor typical edge staining, very occasional minor worming or evidence of use or age, almost always constrained to the margins. The binding in very fine condition. A VERY EARLY AND ELUSIVE PRINTING OF THOMAS NORTH'S CELEBRATED TRANSLATION OF PLUTARCH. SHAKESPEARE'S PLUTARCH. "North's incomparable prose.[his] achievement in narrative prose is only less signal than Shakespeare's in dramatic verse. I doubt if there are many pages which may rank with the last of North's Antonius in the prose of any language.Of good English prose there is much, but of the world's greatest books in great English prose there are not many. Here is one, worthy to stand with Malory's Morte D'Arthur on either side of the English Bible" (George Wyndham, Essays in Romantic Literature). "There are few who, were the choice given them, would not rather read Plutarch in the noble English of North, than in the restrained and sometimes inexpressive Greek of Plutarch" (Charles Whibley, Cambridge History of English Lit.). North's Plutarch is also well-known as a primary source for the plots of Shakespeare's classical plays and for numerous passages in the non-Roman ones, and he relied almost exclusively on it for the historical background of ancient Rome. A copy of the fourth edition is said to have been among his possessions at his death, but all of the plays in question were written before that edition was published in 1612. F.A. Leo in his extensive comparison of the editions of 1579, 1595 and 1603 to the text of Shakespeare's tragedies in the first folio found sufficient reason to be of the opinion that this issue, that of 1595, had been Shakespeare's source. Bookseller Inventory # 26013

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Title: LIVES OF THE NOBLE GRECIANS AND ROMANES, ...

Publisher: London by Richard Field for Bonham Norton 1595

Publication Date: 1595

Binding: Hardcover

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