London: Printed by Richards and Co., 1823. Later edition. Hardcover. 6 vol. 8vo. , ii-xxxvi, , 38-403, ; , 2-426, ; , 2-396, ; , 2-422, ; , 2-394, ; , 2-402,  pp. Later three-quarter smooth calf over purple pebbled cloth, spine in six compartments, green morocco label lettered in gold on each spine, volume numbers in gold on each spine; all edges decoratively stained. Volume one illustrated with a frontispiece engraving of Plutarch. Translated by John and William Langhorne. With a table of denominations of money and their values (as mentioned by Plutarch) and a chronological timeline of events of the ancient world. Brueggemann 322. Moss 515-516. Oxford Classical Dictionary, "Plutarch", 1200-1202. Smith 141. Originally published in 1770, the Langhornes' translation in Moss is referred to as "[b]etter informed ... with more liberal views than are usually to be found in the interpreters of the ancients ... [the translators] are fully qualified ... [The Langhornes] expressed their conceptions of their Author with fidelity, they have been attentive to render him with elegance." Plutarch was a prolific writer, a historian, and a Platonic philosopher. His Parallel Lives intended to exemplify examples of virtuous ancient figures (mostly men). Caesar, Pompey, Brutus, Alexander the Great, Marc Antony, and other lives receive a treatment from Plutarch in his magnum opus. For each entry Plutarch explores the figure's family, education, debut in public life, interesting anecdotes, good and bad luck, the end of their life, and their death. Although the historical value of Plutarch's biographies are frequently called into question, they function as a critical text for understanding the ancient world for scholars from the Renaissance to the present day. Very Good. Item #00009580
Very Good with moderate wear to the leather on the corners and a bit of mellowing to the spines; leaves show scattered foxing and toning, but are largely clean.