Title: Plutarch's Lives, Translated from the Original Greek, with Notes Critical and Historical, and a New Life of Plutarch. By John Langhorne, D.D. and William Langhorne, M.A. In six volumes.
Publication: London: Printed for Edward and Charles Dilly, 1770
Description: First edition. 6 vols., 8vo, pp. [viii], lvi, 380; [iv], 500; [iv], 475, ; [iv], 403, ; [iv], 476; [iv], 253, 354-362 (recte 262),  + engraved frontispiece in each vol. Contemporary half sprinkled calf, marbled boards, spines divided by raised bands between gilt rolls, red morocco labels. Some light browning and dampmarking, a small area of worming to lower blank margin at beginning of vol. 4. Extremities rubbed, edges and a few spine ends a little worn, some cracking to joints (but all strong), front flyleaf of vol. 1 partially adhered to pastedown. Ownership inscription of Tho. Hodges (dated 1773) to flyleaves.
A nice and unsophisticated copy of the first edition of this lasting and important translation of Plutarch's Lives, frequently reprinted throughout the nineteenth century. This was the first translation of Plutarch into English done directly from the original Greek as a unified whole, and though criticised for its prose style, it became the standard version, displacing the one published under Dryden's name (compiled piecemeal from the work of various hands) in the 17th century.
Bibliography: ESTC T107379.
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