1710-11 The Works of Lucian
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First Edition, Illustrated, Leather Binding
The first edition of this translation.
Complete in four volumes.
ESTC citation number T112839.
Pagination of Volumes II and IV is irregular but text is complete.
Volume I illustrated with a frontispiece and engraved title page.
Volume II is dated 1710, Volumes I, III, and IV dated 1711.
Four pages of adverts to the rear of Volume II.
The collected works of the Hellenized Syrian Lucian, translated here into English from the original Ancient Greek.
Lucian was a satirised, rhetorician, and pamphleteer. His style was tongue-in-cheek, ridiculing religion, superstition, and belief in the paranormal.
His most famous work, 'A True Story' or 'True History', is included in Volume III. This novella is considered to be first text that could be called science fiction, featuring travel to outer space, aliens, and interplanetary warfare.
Including a life of Lucian, written by John Dryden.
Translated by John Dryden and other eminent hands.
Bookplate of B. Barrett to the front paste downs.
In a full panelled calf binding, smartly rebacked. Externally, smart. Very light rubbing to the boards. Minor bumping to the extremities, resulting in a small amount of loss of leather. Light discolouration to the extremities of the boards. A small amount of leather to the head and tail of the paste downs, due to the rebacking. Bookplate to the front paste downs. Prior owner's ink inscription to the recto of the front endpapers. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are a little age-toned with some spotting.
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