Two fine volumes comprising the eights books of the Peloponnesian War written by Thucydides the son of Olorus, translated into English with an Introduction, Marginal Analysis, Notes and Indices, to which is prefixed An Essay on Inscriptions and a Note on the Geography of Thucydides.
Finely bound in full blue polished calf by Relfe Brothers as a prize at Dulwich College. Octavo, 267 pages and 514 pages after preliminaries. Lavish gilt to board borders, edges and internally, gilt design to front, raised bands to spines with separate red leather title labels, gilt designs to compartments. Top edge richly gilt with typical Relfe rich marbled endpapers, prize label on Vol I. The odd tiny rub, overall a very good near fine set in sumptuous bindings.
A second edition published by the Clarendon Press, Oxford in 1900 with revisions by Forbes and Abbott of Jowett’s standard translation of the great classic. Jowett was Master of Balliol College and Regius Professor of Greek at Oxford University. Regarded as the most accurate and scholarly translation embellished by Jowett’s notes and commentaries.
Thucydides (cBC460-cBC400) Greek historian and a military general. He began writing about the fourth century BC wars between Sparta and Athens as soon as they broke out believing they would be of greater substance than any previous war. What is known about Thucydides comes mainly from this work. He was born into a wealthy Thrace family with connections in high places and large estates in Thrace. He owned gold mines on his estates. During the war he was blamed by the Athenian’s for the loss of Amphipolis to the Spartans even though it was already lost by the time his forces made it to the town. As a result he was exiled and spent much of his time on his estate and took to writing the “history” in earnest. He is regarded as the first “scientific” history writer … meaning he based his work on proper observations and facts and wrote up the events without bias. He intended his work to survive as a true record … he wrote “it is not written for display, to make an immediate impression, but to be a possession for all time”
Thucydides – the War between Sparta and Athens 4th Century BC
Complete in two volumes finely bound by Relfe Brothers