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SOPHOCLES
[Works. English. 1759]
The tragedies of Sophocles, from the Greek; by Thomas Francklin, M.A. ... Vol. I. (II.)
London: printed for R. Francklin, 1758--59.
2 vols ; 27.4 cm. (4º)
I: [18], 59, [3], 90, [2], 97--297, [3] p., engr. frontis., [1] engr. plan
II: 398 p.

Volume I is dated 1759, vol. II, 1758. The first translation of Sophocles into English. With an engraved frontispiece to vol. I by Charles Grignion after Francis Hayman, and an engraved title-page vignette 'E Gemma in Museo Florentino' in both volumes. The Soane copy includes the 'Dissertation On Antient Tragedy' (59, [1] p., [1] pl.) announced and offered gratis to subscribers with an engraved plan of a Greek theatre. With a list of subscribers in vol. I. Publisher's advertisement at the end of vol. I. ESTC t141000.

Copy Notes Two volumes bound in one, bought from Thomas Boone for 14s., 6 December 1808. (Spiers Box). With Boone's price and codes in pencil on front free-endpaper, with earlier pencil price 1-1-0 crossed through. Further pencil code on rear free-endpaper. Inscribed on front free-endpaper in ink: Edward Burnaby Greene. / 1764. E.B. Greene (1738?--1788), poet and translator of the classics, was the son of Edward Burnaby and Elizabeth Greene, daughter of the Westminster brewer Thomas Greene. He took over the brewing business without success, and debts eventually led to the sale of his valuable library by Christie's in 1779.

Binding C18th sprinkled calf, gilt-tooled spine compartments incorporating thistles and fleur-de-lys, red morocco spine-label.

Reference Number 1260


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