Maximi Tyrii Dissertationes,
ex recensione Ioannis Davisii... Editio altera, ad duos Codices Mss. locis quamplurimis emendata, Notisque locupletioribus aucta. Cui accesserunt viri eruditissimi, Ier. Marklandi.London: William Bowyer, sumptibus Societatis au Literas Promovendas institutae, 1740 Stock Code: 141409
First edition edited by the "outstanding classical scholar" Jeremiah Markland, described by the printer and publisher John Nichols as "one of the most learned and penetrating critics of the eighteenth century" (cited in ODNB). This handsome quarto was printed by the learned and highly accomplished William Bowyer. Maximus of Tyre was a second century CE Greek rhetorician and philosopher, "although nominally a Platonist, he is really an Eclectic and one of the precursors of Neoplatonism" (Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th edition).
Markland's edition is based on that of John Davies (1703), contains material supplied by another eminent classical scholar, Richard Bentley, and is dedicated to the physician and book collector Richard Mead, a founder member of the Society for the Promotion of Learning, under whose aegis the work was published.
Quarto (257 x 195 mm). Contemporary speckled calf, decorative gilt spine, red morocco label, gilt foliate edge roll, red speckled edges.
Title page and final leaf with engraved vignette of the Society (the latter by Vertue after William Kent); Greek and Latin parallel texts.
Binding rubbed, extremities of spine and label chipped, joints cracked but form on the cords, internally a crisp, clean copy with good margins.
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