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2 works on Pythagoras  

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Two works on Pythagoras and his Golden Verses


London & Paris


1707 & 1813



  • Dacier, [Andre]. The Life of Pythagoras... Large Paper Copy. London: 1707
  • Fabre d'Olivet, Antoine. Les vers dorés de Pythagore... Paris: 1813.

In full:

  • Dacier, [Andre]. The Life of Pythagoras, with His Symbols and Golden Verses. Together with the Life of Hierocles, and His Commentaries upon the Verses. Collected out of the Choicest Manuscripts, and Translated in French, with Annotations... Now done into English. [2], xxxiv, 389, [15] pp.(8vo) 21.7x13.5 cm. (8½x5¼"), period calf, spine tooled in gilt. First edition in English of this life, philosophy and writings of the Ionian Greek philosopher, mathematician, and founder of the religious movement called Pythagoreanism. His Golden Verses, here translated directly from the Greek to English by Nicholas Rowe (who edited the first octavo edition of Shakespeare), offer metaphysical guidance in the pre-Socratic world. Rare large paper copy with wide margins. (Some wear to binding, front cover detached; internally very good.) London: Printed for Jacob Tonson, 1707
  • Fabre d'Olivet, Antoine. Les vers dorés de Pythagore, expliqués, et traduits pour la première fois en vers eumolpiques français; précédés d'un discours sur l'essence et la forme de la poésie, chez les principaux peuples de la terre. Adressé à la classe de la langue et de la littérature francaises, et à celle d'histoire et de littérature ancienne de l'Institut impérial de France. [4], 409 pp. 21.5x13.5 cm. (8½x5¼"), original green wrappers, paper spine label. First Edition. Rare, fine copy in the original wrappers of the great French savant's translation and discussion of the Golden Verses of Pythagoras, preceded by a philosophic examination of the essence of poetry. Minor rubbing to wrappers, overall very fine, very rare in such untrimmed state in the original wrappers. Paris: Treuttel et Würtz, 1813.


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