HISTORY OF THE LIFE OF MARCUS TULLIUS CICERO
HISTORY OF THE LIFE OF MARCUS TULLIUS CICERO
HISTORY OF THE LIFE OF MARCUS TULLIUS CICERO
HISTORY OF THE LIFE OF MARCUS TULLIUS CICERO
HISTORY OF THE LIFE OF MARCUS TULLIUS CICERO

HISTORY OF THE LIFE OF MARCUS TULLIUS CICERO

(London: Printed for the Author, 1741).

VERY SCARCE FIRST EDITION, LARGE PAPER COPY OF THIS GREAT WORK ON THE LIFE OF CICERO, ARGUABLY THE FINEST BIOGRAPHY OF CICERO EVER PENNED. Middleton's Life of Cicero has long been considered a model of literary style.
Marcus Cicero, orator, lawyer, politician, and writer was indeed one of the renown and most influential men of the Roman World. A most prolific writer and speaker, it is through him that much of the history of Rome is known. In the last years of his life, he found himself embroiled in a political controversy that would ultimately cause his execution. But during this last year of his life, he wrote a series of letters to Brutus, them a provincial governor, giving a unique picture of the workings of the Roman Senate.
Guthrie states that Cicero’s Orations are “so exquisitely beautiful, that from them, more than from any other work we may be able to judge of the helps which learning borrows from wit, the advantages which liberal education gives to extensive genius, the beauties which luxuriant fancy lends to solid judgment, and the graces which tender passions communicate to public virtue. It is from this pattern that we can best study by what degrees literature rises into erudition, erudition improves into knowledge, and knowledge reduces observation into practice; by applying all her stores to the improvement of society, and the advantage of the public.”
As PMM notes, “Throughout the hundreds of years when Latin was the lingua franca of thought and communication in Europe the works of Cicero were the most extensively read of all the Latin classics. Thus, while primarily giving a vivid picture of ancient Rome, Cicero’s speeches and letters, as well as the philosophical works whose content formed the basis of so many medieval treatises, have had a deeper influence, if indirectly, on the means of expression than the works of any other writer. When Latin was superseded by the vernacular tongues, this influence was transmitted into the new languages.”. Item #31625

2 volumes. The First Edition, Large Paper Copies with the Subscribers lLst. Beautifully engraved illustrated title-pages; 24 elegantly engraved, grand head and tail-pieces depicting scenes of ancient Rome and the Empire as well as of busts and portraits of luminaries of the period; additional engraved head-piece to the dedication; large capital letters and two ten line historiated and decorated engraved initial letters. Tall, thick 4to, full polished calf of the time, the spines with raised bands ruled in gilt, the compartments roll-tooled in gilt, dark green morocco lettering labels gilt, two compartments with additional gilt decoration, marbled endleaves.. (iv), xl, (24 Subscribers List),1-552, 553-564 Index; (4), 582, 583-591 Index pp. A fine, handsome set indeed, the textblocks are crisp, clean and unpressed, the orignal bindings show some light wear at the corners and head caps, joints of Vol. 1 with some light cracking, the cords strong, inner hinges sound. A very pleasing set of this great work on Cicero.

Price: $1,650.00