LEGGE, J. G.

Echoes from the Greek Anthology.

London: Constable and Company Limited, 1919 Stock Code: 149215
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First edition, first impression, presentation copy inscribed on the front free endpaper "from J. G. Legge, to Gilbert Murray", the author; this is a great copy with a very fitting association.

Murray (1866-1957) was a classical scholar who taught at Glasgow and Oxford, most notable and celebrated for his proficiency in the language and culture of Ancient Greece. "In 1917, despite the rise to power of Lloyd George, whose policies he detested, Murray became a civil servant and worked part-time for the Board of Education, whose president was his friend H. A. L. Fisher. He used his position to help those imprisoned as conscientious objectors, notably Bertrand Russell. Throughout the war Murray was involved in discussions about international peace, some of them within the League of Nations Society (1915), whose vice-president he became in 1916. In 1919 he was persuaded to stand as a Liberal parliamentary candidate for Oxford University; he did not campaign and barely saved his deposit" (ODNB).

Provenance: discreet book label of Herbert Boyce Satcher at foot of front pastedown; Satcher (1890-1966) was vicar of St Aidan's, Cheltenham, Pennsylvania, from 1924 until his retirement in 1958, and the author of A Bibliography of Church Music and Allied Subjects (1937; rev. ed. 1949). He amassed a notable library, which included an extensive collection of Uranian poetry. He appears in Gregory Mackie's study of Oscar Wilde forgeries, Forging Oscar Wilde's Extraordinary Afterlife (University of Toronto Press, 2019).

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Description

Small octavo. Original cream wrappers with flaps, titles printed in black to paper label on front wrapper.

Condition

Light wear to spine, wrappers a little toned, else firm, internally fresh and clean; a very good copy.

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