1629 1st English ed Thucydides Peloponnesian War Thomas Hobbes Greek Philosophy

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Thomas Hobbes was an English philosopher often considered to be the founder of political philosophy of the 17th-century. He helped develop many of the modern day thoughts on society and political order, particularly ‘representation’ of governmental power. Hobbes also took a special interest in classical Greek philosophy, so much so, that he sought to publish a translation of Thucydides’ ‘History of the Peloponnesian War.’

 

Until 1629, no English translation of the work had existed. Hobbes’ was the first from a Greek manuscript. The extensive work covers a brief overview of Greek history and includes explanations as to why the Peloponnesian War began in the first place. Thucydides focus seemed to be primarily on military aspects of the war and how the war influenced social and cultural themes.

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1629 1st English ed Thucydides Peloponnesian War Thomas Hobbes Greek Philosophy

 

Thomas Hobbes was an English philosopher often considered to be the founder of political philosophy of the 17th-century. He helped develop many of the modern day thoughts on society and political order, particularly ‘representation’ of governmental power. Hobbes also took a special interest in classical Greek philosophy, so much so, that he sought to publish a translation of Thucydides’ ‘History of the Peloponnesian War.’

 

Until 1629, no English translation of the work had existed. Hobbes’ was the first from a Greek manuscript. The extensive work covers a brief overview of Greek history and includes explanations as to why the Peloponnesian War began in the first place. Thucydides focus seemed to be primarily on military aspects of the war and how the war influenced social and cultural themes.

 

Item number: #3782

Price: $9500

 

THUCYDIDES

 

Eight bookes of the Peloponnesian Warre written by Thucydides the sonne of Olorus. Interpreted with faith and diligence immediately out of the Greeke by Thomas Hobbes secretary to ye late Earle of Deuonshire

 

London: Imprinted [at Eliot’s Court Press] for Hen: Seile, and are to be sold at the Tigres Head in Paules Churchyard, 1629. 1st ed

 

Details:

  • Collation: Complete with all pages
    • [34], 536 [i.e. 535], [11], [2 blanks]
    • Signatures: [pi]1, A4, (a)-(c)4, B-Z4, Aa-Zz4, Aaa-Yyy4, Zzz6
    • 3 full-page plates, including frontis
  • References: STC 24058; PMM 219; ESTC S 117705;
    • PMM: “The historical methods of Thucydides, who lived in the fifth century B.C., have never been bettered. His severe standard of historical truth, coupled with his passionate belief in the general significance of particular events, have given his history of the tragic war between Athens and Sparta a universal value to statesmen and historians alike.”
    • “Thucydides’ history of the Peloponnesian war (431-404 B.C.) is renowned as much for establishing historical methods and standards as for its record of one of the most important events in Greek history. Thucydides states that he limited his sources to either personal knowledge or close scrutiny of the evidence of others. In seeking to set forth the facts of the war untainted by hearsay, he created a lasting record which was, as he himself called it, ‘a possession for ever’.” (PMM 102)
  • Provenance:
    • Armorial Bookplate – John Adair Hawkins
    • Handwritten – Clark
  • Language: English
  • Binding: Leather; tight & secure
  • Size: ~13in X 8.75in (33cm x 22cm)
  • Extremely rare with auction records and price comparisons between $12,000-$24,000.

 

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3782

Categories

Military & War

Philosophy

Authors

THUCYDIDES

Printing Date

17th Century

Language

English

Binding

Leather

Book Condition

Excellent

Collation

Complete