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Plutarch.  Plutarch's lives, in six volumes: Translated from the Greek, with notes, explanatory and critical, from Dacier and others. Dublin: J. Williams, 1769. 8vo (20.6 cm, 8.15"). 2 vols. (of 6). I: Frontis., vii, [17], xiii–lxiv, 382 pp.; illus. II: 468 pp.; illus.

First two volumes of this 18th-century Irish edition of the classic biographies, Theseus through Cato the Censor, extensively annotated and prefaced by Dryden's life of Plutarch. The first volume opens with a copper-engraved frontispiece done by "H.P." after a painting by James Thornhill, and in each volume an engraved vignette appears at the start of each life (or a frame deliberately left blank appears, in the case of a subject with no known likeness from which to work).
        Provenance: Both volumes: Each front pastedown with navy and rose 19th-century bookplate of Hooton Library and with armorial bookplate of Sir Thomas Stanley-Massey-Stanley (b. 1755, d. 1795), front free endpaper with bookplate of Henry Taylor (1845–1927), a historian, antiquarian, and founder of the Flintshire Historical Society.
        => Vol. I here bears an extensive and interesting list of subscribers.

ESTC N20527. Contemporary speckled calf, spines with raised bands, gilt-stamped leather title-labels, and gilt-stamped volume numbers; volumes rubbed and covers only gingerly holding with front free endpapers separated. Vols. I and II only, of six; vol. I spine label lost, vol. II label chipped. Text blocks strong with some light age-toning and occasional foxing, only, and first and last few leaves with offsetting. Priced according to condition and with reading, engravings, and provenance all still pleasurable to engage with.  (37174)   Please RESHELVE This.

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