London: Printed for the Medici Society by Philip Lee Warner, 1909. First Thus. Edition limited to 500 on handmade Riccardi paper, of which this is number 343. Finely bound by Riviere in full morocco with five raised bands and gilt to spine. Inlaid with teal, green, orange and indigo morocco on both boards. Silk moire endpapers with morocco inlaid dentelles. Top edge brightly gilt. Spine a touch sunned, and small stain to closed textblock near foot of spine. Ownership signature to front endpaper. Internally fresh and bright, with all frontis and additional 11 tipped in illustrations by W. Russell Flint. A superior copy in a lovely binding, housed in a textured slipcase.
Roman emperor and Stoic philosopher Marcus Aurelius is perhaps best known for his Meditations -- a combined biography and world philosophy that continues influencing political and social thought today. "The extent to which he intended these writings for eyes other than his own are uncertain; they are fragmentary notes, discursive and epigrammatic by turn, of his reflections in the midst of campaigning and administration. In a way, it seems he wrote them to nerve himself for his most daunting responsibilities" (Britannica). Adapted here, Aurelius' ideas are accompanied by vivid and beautiful Pre-Raphaelite illustrations. Near Fine (Item #4267)