London: Arnold Hatfield, 1603. First English language edition. Folio (pages 315 x 208 mm) collating: , 1363, [1 blank], 62; complete excepting for the final errata leaf. Bound in late 17th century full calf, rabacked with the spine laid down. Marbled end papers (front end paper detached but present). Each owner's ink signature on the title page, early marginialia throughout. Final 23 leaves with a faint marginal dampstain. Overall a Very Good copy.
"Plutarch's significance as a philosopher lies in his attempt to do justice to Plato's work as a whole, and to create a coherent philosophical system out of it" (Stanford Encyclopedia). A prolific writer, Plutarch's son Lamprias listed 227 works in the philosopher's oeuvre, although many of them have been lost to history (Russell). Standing centrally among those works that survive is The Philosophie, which collected and preserved a number of his writings on metaphysics, natural philosophy and science, theology, logic, art, and ethics. A number of those pieces included in The Philosophie focus on education and aesthetics. "Plutarch, following Plato, evaluates poetry from the point of view of ethical education. In this category belong the works On How the Young Man Should Listen to Poets and On the Education of Children" (Ziegler). Produced here for the first time in English, those who had not had access to Latin Grammar Schools could now read these classical works. An early owner, engaging actively with the text and in particular with Plutarch's works on education, left extensive annotations and marginalia in the copy, providing scholars with an opportunity to explore how English speaking readers approached the field. (Item #2612)