1822 ANCIENT PYTHAGOREAN POLITICAL & ETHICAL FRAGMENTS Archytas, Charondas, +++
POLITICAL & ETHICAL FRAGMENTS of Archytas, Charondas, Zaleucus and other Ancient Pythagoreans, Preserved by Stobaeusl and also Ethical Fragments of Hierocles, the Celebrated Commentator on the Golden Pythagoric Verses...Translated From The Greek By THOMAS TAYLOR.
CHISWICK: Printed by C. Whittingham, College House, 1822. First Edition.
Hardcovers, paper covered boards, paper title label on the spine, 5.5x9 inches (14x23 cm), xvi+115 pages, plus a 3 page list of other works by Thomas Taylor at the rear.
GOOD condition, the spine covering is cracked and worn along its front and rear fold but holding well, the paper spine label is toned, rubbed and chipped, the front and rear boards are worn along the edges but are doing their job well; internally, there is a label from the Essex Institute on the front pastedown which has been stamped "Released / E. I. 1962", there is an ownership signature dated 1852 at the top of the front free endpaper, a few pages have some dark margin foxing not affecting text; overall the inner pages are surprisingly bright, clean, clear and unmarked. A nice, presentable copy.
RARE FIRST EDITION of this IMPORTANT TRANSLATION of the PYTHAGOREANS.
About THOMAS TAYLOR Translator & Neoplatonist (from Wikipedia):
******Thomas Taylor, b.1758 d.1835, was an English translator and Neoplatonist, the first to translate into English the complete works of Aristotle and of Plato, as well as the Orphic fragments.
Taylor was educated at St. Paul's School, and devoted himself to the study of the classics and of mathematics. He was appointed Assistant Secretary to the Society for the Encouragement of Art (precursor to the Royal Society of Arts), in which capacity he made many influential friends, who furnished the means for publishing his various translations, which besides Plato and Aristotle, include Proclus, Porphyry, Apuleius, Ocellus Lucanus and other Neoplatonists and Pythagoreans. His aim was the translation of all the untranslated writings of the ancient Greek philosophers. So enamored was he of the ancients, that he and his wife talked to one another only in classical Greek.
Taylor's translations were influential on William Blake, Percy Bysshe Shelley, and William Wordsworth, among others. In American editions they were read by Ralph Waldo Emerson, Bronson Alcott, and G. R. S. Mead, secretary to Helena Blavatsky of the Theosophical Society.******