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    Diogenes Laertius. The Lives, Opinions, and Remarkable Sayings of the Most Famous Ancient Philosophers. London: Printed for Richard Brewer (Vol. I) & Printed for R. Bentley (Vol. II), 1688 & 1696, 1696.

    First edition in English. Two octavo volumes; the first being 7 1/8 x 4 7/16 inches and the second being 7 1/2 x 4 9/16 inches (the difference in size is accounted for by the span of years between publication dates and the different publishers for each volume). [16], 581, [1]; [4], 460 pages.

    Uniformly bound in contemporary speckled calf, spines with four raised bands and simple red morocco gilt lettering labels. Edges sprinkled red. Some minor wear to spine extremities and tips, upper front joint of Vol. II with a two inch split (boards remain firmly attached) and split up the lower spine of first volume (predominantly cosmetic). Each volume with a contemporary manuscript label tipped on to the fore-edge (a flap in essence). A very good copy, clean and in untouched contemporary bindings.


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    Very rare to find both volumes together and bound uniformly. According to current auction records Volume I is 'all published' but if one looks back far enough it can be seen that sets with the very scarce second volume came up twice in the 1960s. In any case, a very rare find.

     

    "Diogenes, c. 412-323 BC, Greek Cynic philosopher; pupil of Antisthenes. He was born in Sinope and lived in Athens. He taught that the virtuous life is the simple life, and he dramatically discarded conventional comforts, living in a tub. He is said to have thrown away his last utensil, a cup, when he saw a peasant drink from his hands. When Alexander the Great asked what he might do for him, Diogenes said, "Only step out of my sunlight." His daylight quest with a lantern "for an honest man" was probably the most striking expression of his contempt for his generation" (Columbia).Wing D1516 & D1517.



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