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Author: Aurelius Antoninus, Marcus: (Casaubon, Meric, ed. & trans.:)

Title: His Meditations Concerning Himself: Treating of a natural man's happiness; Wherein it consisteth, and of the means to attain unto it. Translated out of the Original Greek; with Notes.

Publication: London: printed by James Flesher, for Fra. Mynne, 1663.

Description: Third edition, 'revised and corrected by the author'. 8vo.,pp. [xvi], 243, [i], 48, [xii] + 1 plate. Title-page in red and black, a few woodcut initials. Occasional pencil notes, plus some ink manicules and underlining in an old hand. Occasional spots and smudges, some pages a little grubby, small burn hole just affecting the headline on leaf S5. Contemporary sprinkled brown calf boards, neatly rebacked with blind tooling, raised bands and terracotta gilt title label, corners repaired, endpapers renewed. A little rubbed, small chip to upper board, upper joint slightly creased, very good. To the front paste-down: book label of Rev. W.M. Major Scott; recent bookplate of Robert J. Hayhurst; earlier bookseller's catalogue description pasted in. To the preliminary blank, inscribed in an old hand: 'Liber Johannis Morgan. Ex dono D. Francis. Anno Salutis 1729.' Also some partially-erased pencil notes. J. Morgan's inscription occurs again at the head of the title-page, dated Jul. 2. 1731.

Meric Casaubon (15991671) was the son of the classical scholar and historian Isaac Casaubon (15591614) and his second wife Florence (1568?1636), daughter of Henri Estienne. 'His first scholarly edition, Optatus of Milevis's (fl. 370) treatise On the Donatist Schism, came out in 1631. Casaubon followed this with an English translation of the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius (1634) that remained in print into the twentieth century, and subsequently published an edition of the Greek text with his own Latin translation (1643). He never ceased to praise Marcus Aurelius, and was bitterly stung by what he saw as Thomas Gataker's shabby treatment of his labours in the latter's 1652 edition of the same work.' (ODNB)

Bibliography: ESTC R35294

Reference Number: [52027]

Price: £450

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