THE REPUBLIC OF PLATO In Ten Books.
Glasgow: Printed by Robert and Andrew Foulis, 1763.
Glasgow: Printed by Robert and Andrew Foulis, 1763. First English language edition. A Fine large-paper copy. Quarto (pages 240 x 178 mm): Title, xl (but xlii), 430, (2, publisher's advertisement); complete. In an early speckled full-sheep binding with repairs to the outer jointsand a new spine label; page edges died red. Internal contents are unmarked, clean and crisp, a lovely copy. Bookplate of noted Chicago collector, Harold Greenhill, on front paste-down. Greenhill (1893-1968) was an active member of the Caxton and Grolier Clubs with a fantastic collection, much of which was acquired by Bradley H. Martin.
First written around 380 BC, a work in which Plato explores questions of justice, goodness and truth and how to order the ideal government and man within it. One of the most influential and intellectual works of philosophy and political theory ever written. Including his "Allegory of the Caves" as well as "five regimes" of government. The ripples of concepts first discussed in "The Republic" can be found throughout the course of our political and intellectual development.
"Amidst a great diversity, both of subject and treatment, the dialogues are pervaded by two dominant impulses: a love of truth and a passion for human improvement. While nowhere is a definite system laid down, it has been truly said that the germs of all ideas can be found in Plato." PMM 27 (for Plato's "Opera," 1484) Fine (Item #729)