Ancient Classics for English Readers. The Iliad, The Odyssey; Herodotus, Xenophon; Euripides, Aristophanes; Plato, Lucian; Æschylus, Sophocles; Hesiod and Theognis, The Greek Anthology; Virgil, Horace; Juvenal, Plautus and Terence; Commentaries of Caesar, Tacitus; Cicero, Pliny’s Letters.

  • Collins, Rev. W. Lucas, ed.
  • Edinburgh: William Blackwood and Sons 1870


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20 vols. bound as 10, 8vo, pp. viii, [ii], 148, [iv], 136, 16 [ads]; [vi], 180, [iv], 180 + folding map; vi, [ii], 204, [iv], 172; vi, [ii], 197, [1], [iv], 180; [viii], 196, [vi], 181, [1]; vii, [iii], 166, [iv], 210, [2]; [vi], 190, [iii]-ix, [i], 203, [1]; [vi], 169. [1], [vi], 155, [1]; vi, 182, [iii]-vi, [ii], 194; [viii], 197, [1], [vi], 170. Original(?) quarter vellum, red cloth boards, red morocco labels, edges red. A touch of spotting. Bindings a little rubbed and soiled, some boards stained, stitching of one volume strained.


A series to introduce the great classical authors to English readers and give those 'who have not received a classical education - or in whose case it has been incomplete and fragmentary - a fair acquaintance with the content of their writings, and the leading features of their style.' Each volume gives an overview of its subject with quotations, rather than abridged translations. A popular series, it was offered in various forms through the latter part of the 19th century. This set retains half-titles, the versos of which advertise these 20 works available singly in cloth, or in ten volumes in leather. This example in ten volumes, is not the advertised publisher's leather binding, which per the half-title leaf should have marbled edges and boards, but does have the same labels as that binding so is plausibly a variant issue.

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