Oxford: The Clarendon Press, 1892. Third edition. Hardcover. 8vo. 5vol. 594 pp.; 576 pp.; 543 pp.; 645 pp.; 541 pp. Bound in red cloth with gilt lettering on the spine and the front board, top edges of all volumes are gilt, edges of boards are beveled. Revised and corrected with marginal analyses and an index of subjects and proper names. Includes both prefaces for the first and second and third editions written by Jowett. Jowett also included an advertisement in this edition for owners of the first and second editions to exchange their copies for the third edition for half price. The second, third, fourth and fifth volumes have analyses of the dialogues and of some the history behind Plato's writings by Jowett. Collates as complete. Benjamin Jowett was a renowned scholar of Plato who taught and studied at Oxford during the middle and latter part of the nineteenth century. He was made a fellow for Balliol College in Oxford as an undergraduate, and won the Hertford Scholarship for Latin in 1837. Jowett made his career translating sections from the New Testament before he undertook Plato's dialogues. After he published his translation of Plato's Dialogues in 1871, Jowett published a translation of Aristotle's politics. Other than translation, Jowett dedicated his career to helping undergraduate students afford the cost of college and believed that the tutorial instruction of students was just as important as lecturing. His contemporaries and pupils alike thought of him as the best teacher of classics at Oxford. He regarded his pupils as his friends, and dedicated this work to them. The final edition published before Jowett's death. Plato is a towering figure in the history of philosophy, the first great philosopher for whom a substantial body of his written work survives, and this is a beautiful set of an important, stylish translation of these works. Kunitz 337-338. Near Fine. Item #00007781
A Near Fine set with some pages uncut, resulting in a small tear to one leaf in Volume V, a slight separation between the backstrip and the textblock to each, and moderate foxing to the endpapers, a lovely set overall.