THE FATHER OF HISTORY

The History of Herodotus: Translated from the Greek …  The Third Edition. 

London, for D. Midwinter, A. Bettesworth & C. Hitch, J. & J. Pemberton, R. Ware, C. Rivington, J. Batley & J. Wood, F. Clay, A. Ward, J. & P. Knapton, T. Longman, and R. Hett, 1737. 

Two vols, 8vo, pp. I: xv, [1], 447, [15 (index)], II: [2], 430, [18], with 3 folding copper-engraved maps; small wormhole to inner lower margin of first quire vol. I (not affecting text), evidence of former adhesive tape repair to vol. I title, one map a little dust-stained and chipped at outer margin, occasional light marks; contemporary calf, neatly rebacked and recornered with gilt red morocco lettering-pieces to spines, endpapers renewed.

£450

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The ‘third’ (in fact fourth) and final edition of the first complete English translation of Herodotus’s History

Littlebury’s translation, first published in 1709, was the first attempt at an English Herodotus since Thomas Marshe’s version of only the first two books in 1584.  Evidently successful, three subsequent editions were augmented by maps and published by a broad consortium of London booksellers, and Littlebury’s text remained the only complete translation until the end of the eighteenth century, with the appearance of Beloe’s and Lemprière’s editions in the 1790s. 

ESTC T130859. 

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