Title: The Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romanes,...
Publisher: Printed at the Shakespeare Head Press, Stratford-Upon-Avon and Published for the Press by Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston
Publication Date: 1928
Binding: Hard Cover
Book Condition: Fine
Edition: Numbered, Limited Edition.
Limited to 500 copies printed for America, of which this is #369. Decorated by Thomas Lowinsky. Eight volumes. Original ¼ dark blue cloth over light blue paper boards, morocco labels, gilt, edges rough-trimmed. In fine condition. A finely printed edition of Thomas North's (1535-1601) famous translation of Plutarch, first published in 1579. "It is impossible to over-estimate the influence of North's vigorous English on contemporary writers, and some critics have called him the first master of English prose. (His work) formed the source from which Shakespeare drew the materials for his Julius Caesar, Cariolanus and Antony and Cleopatra. It is in the last-named play that he follows the 'Lives' most closely, whole speeches being taken direct from North." (E.B. 11th ed.) Size: Octavo. Bookseller Inventory # 21893
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