EPICTETUS. ALL THE WORKS OF EPICTETUS, WHICH ARE NOW EXTANT,... TRANSLATED FROM THE ORIGINAL GREEK BY ELIZABETH CARTER. London: S. Richardson; A. Millar, and others, 1758. Large 4to. Contemporary full calf. (xviii), xlii, 505, (11) pages. First English edition. Thomas Jefferson owned a 1768 copy of this first English translation of the Works of Epictetus by Elizabeth Carter (Sowerby, 1301). This famous second century Stoic philosopher was highly regarded in his own day, and he was especially popular from the sixteenth through the eighteenth century with many published editions in Latin and Greek. Numerous editions of Epictetus were found n colonial Virginia libraries. Elizabeth Carter was a noted member of The Blue Stocking Circle and a close friend and associate of Elizabeth Montague. She was a gifted linguist who learned Latin, Greek and Hebrew in childhood. Her circle of friends included Samuel Johnson who thought her one of the best Greek scholars of his time. He is listed among the twelve pages of subscribers to this important translation. Professionally rebacked in period style; occasional light soiling, but overall remarkably clean. Nineteen lines of pencil notation regarding Elizabeth Carter on verso of second front endpaper. Early owners ink signature "George Talbot, Temple" on front endpaper and two bookplates on back of front board including the bookplate of Vivian de Sola Pinto. A very good wide-margined copy.
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