New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1941. Hardcover. Translation (Greek to French) by James Amyot and (French to English) by Thomas North. Revised by Roland Baughman. Introduction by Emil Ludwig. Complete 8-volume set. 8vo. Blue cloth with gilt spine lettering, two slipcases with paper labels (as issued). Very good to near fine. All volumes tight and internally fine and bright, with some spines (only) showing light speckling; both slipcases very good only -- edgeworn, rubbed and scuffed but complete, with large chip to one panel of second case. Item #47435
The most famous work by this Greek biographer, historian and philosopher (ca. 46-119 AD) is this classic, also known as "Parallel Lives" or "Plutarch's Lives" (which expands its contents), a series of 48 biographiews arranged in Greek/Roman pairings -- not so much biographies as philosophical ruminations about each. The 66 biographies here include not only the 23 surviving pairs from the original "Lives," but also others (such as Artaxerxes, Aratus, Galba, and Otho) not part of the original "Lives." This set is seldom found complete, much less retaining the often-absent slipcases (with paper labels titled "North's Plutarch Volumes I-IV" and "North's Plutarch Volumes V-VIII"). Amyot's translation into French first brought it to Western Europe in 1559, while North's translation of that text into English appeared in 1579. Renowned book designer W.A. Dwiggins created this text and printed it at The Southworth-Anthoensen Press in Portland, Maine -- colophon at rear of final volume notes limitation of 1500 numbered copies (this #1132) signed boldly by Dwiggins. NEWMAN 128.