London: A. Strahan; T. Cadell Jun.; W. Davies, 1797. First edition thus. Hardcover. 2 vol. 4to. , vi-xv, , 2-416; , 2-434,  (page of publisher's advertisements),  pp. Tree calf laid down on twentieth-century boards (in the style of the latter eighteenth century), spines in six compartments, two recent black labels lettered in gold on each spine; all edges decoratively speckled (this speckling contemporary to the leaves). Recent endpapers and pastedowns. Half-titles and errata leaves present. With an introduction, notes, and a critical history of Aristotle's life. The first edition of Dr. John Gillies translation of Aristotle's Ethics and Politics. Brueggeman, Volume Two, Aristotle 4 (p.41). Moss 175. ODNB, W.W. Wroth, revised by I.C. Cunningham, "Gillies, John, (1747–1836)". Moss contains a review from 1798 that praises this translation for its elegance and its skill in impressing upon the reader the most important facets of Aristotle's political and ethical philosophy. The review calls it "important reading" for the "enlightened statesman". Dr. John Gillies was a British classicist of the eighteenth century who translated Isocrates, Lysias, and of course, Aristotle. Primarily a historian, Gillies' work focused on the great figures of the ancient world. He was interested in how Greece and Rome shaped (what was then) modern society, and in the interactions between those who lived in Greece and Rome and those whose lands were colonized by these empires. An attractive and impressive set of two of Aristotle's classic philosophical works. Very Good+. Item #00009808
The front hinge of volume one is slightly exposed between the new endpaper and the half-title page, but the binding is firm and secure; leaves show a touch of foxing.