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    First English Translation of Epicurus's Morals

    [Walter Charleton, translator and editor]. Epicurus. Epicurus's Morals Collected out of his owne Greek Text, in Diogenes Laertius And Partly out of the Rhapsodies of Marcus Antoninus, Plutarch, Cicero, & Seneca. And faithfully Englished. London: William Wilson for Henry Herringman, 1656. First English edition. Quarto. A4, a-d4, e2, B-2A4. [Lacks A1, frontispiece]. [40], 184 pages. Title page in red and black, head-pieces, decorated initials. Rebound using old paneled calf cover cut in half, back also from an old binding, leather rubbed, chipped, and lightly crazed, leather burn from turn-ins on first and last leaves, title page and last page browned and lightly chipped around the edges, joint broken between P1 and P2. Running title cut from upper border of F1, paper chip in lower right corner of Y4, not affecting text. Upper corner dampstain in front, minor occasional stains, good margins, otherwise in very good condition. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
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    Walter Charleton (1620-1707), physician and natural philosopher. "Charleton next published Epicurus's Morals (1656), a translation of various Epicurean writings, together with an important "Apologie for Epicurus" by Charleton himself...His impassioned defense of Epicurean moral theory in that work was not just a way of avoiding charges of impiety, but a genuine attempt to understand 'the divine art of acquiring constant Tranquillity of Mind'. Indeed, he went so far as to say that: 'the Ethicks of Epicurus are (after Holy writ) the best Dispensatory I have hitherto read, of Natural Medicines for all distempers incident to the mind of Man . in the Morals of that grave and profound Philosopher, you will find as good precepts for the moderating of your passions as human wisdom can give.' (Natural History, 187-8)." -Oxford DNB.

    Wing E3155. ESTC r18807. Thomason E865 [8].

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