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THEOPHRASTUS (372--287 B.C.)
[Characters. French. 1790]
Caracteres de Théophraste, traduits du grec; nouvelle édition, revue, corrigée et augmentée de la vie de l'auteur, de notes, de remarques littéraires, des chapitres XXIX et XXX, qui paroissent pour la première fois, &c. Par M. B. de B., de l'Académie des inscriptions et belles lettres.
A Paris chez Jean-François Bastien, 1790.
[4], lviii, 126, [2] p., engr. frontis. port. ; 19.9 cm. (8º)

La Bruyère's original translation from Theophrastus appeared anonymously in 1688 as an introduction to his own Caractères ou les moeurs de ce siècle, and was followed by revisions and augmented editions up to the ninth which had appeared by the time of his death in 1696. This edition was prepared by Jacques Nicolas Belin de Ballu. Imprint on final page reads: De l'imprimerie de Stoupe. The life of Theophrastus is from the Greek of Diogenes Laertius. The portrait is an unsigned bust of Theophrastus. The final leaf is blank.

Copy Notes Bound after tome II of the companion edition of La Bruyère's Caractères, 1790 (q.v.), with the frontispiece portrait of Theophrastus bound at the front of the volume. Bought as a set from Thomas Boone for 3s. on 9 June 1804. (Priv. Corr. XVI.E.1.4).

Binding Late C18th marbled calf, gilt-ruled borders, gilt-decorated spine with Greek key and triglyph and metope roll tools, black morocco spine-labels.

Reference Number 3774


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