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EPICTETUS
[Works. English. 1758]
All the works of Epictetus, which are now extant; consisting of his Discourses, preserved by Arrian, in four books, the Enchiridion, and fragments. Translated from the original Greek, by Elizabeth Carter. With an introduction, and notes, by the translator.
London: printed by S. Richardson: and sold by A. Millar; John Rivington; and, R. and J. Dodsley, 1758.
[18], xli, [1], 505, [11] p. ; 28.8 cm. (4º)

With a list of subscribers, an index and an appendix. This collection of the works of the Stoic philosopher Epictetus is the first edition of a major work of female Greek scholarship. Elizabeth Carter (1717--1806) was an early contributor to the Gentleman's Magazine, where she made the acquaintance of Samuel Johnson: their friendship lasted fifty years. The present work was undertaken at the request of her close friend Catherine Talbot, who arranged the publication and circulated potential subscribers. The list includes the Prince and Princess of Wales and Dr Johnson. There is an interesting preponderance of women subscribers. Among those with Johnson connections are Mrs Cutts, Mary Masters, Hester Mulso and Catherine Talbot; also Elizabeth Montagu and Lady Bradshaigh. See D.D. Eddy and J.D. Fleeman, A preliminary handlist of books to which Dr. Samuel Johnson subscribed (Charlottesville 1993), 24. ESTC t138721.

Copy Notes Bought from Thomas Boone for 14s., 9 June 1804. (Priv. Corr. XVI.E.1.4). With the price and bookseller's codes inscribed in pencil on the front free-endpaper. Inscription in ink on rear pastedown Payne with a further code, in another hand.

Binding C18th sprinkled calf, gilt-tooled spine, red leather spine-label.

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