Bellum Peloponnesiacum. Ex editione Wassii et Dukeri.

  • Thucydides
  • Glasguae [Glasgow]: In aedibus Academicis, excudebant Robertus et Andreas Foulis 1759
  • Gaskell 375; ESTC T99792; Dibdin II 509.


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FIRST FOULIS EDITION, 8 vols., 8vo, pp. [vi], 184, 184; [ii], 150, 150; [ii], 151, [3, blank], 151, [1]; [ii], 178, 178, [2, blank]; [ii], 134, 134, [2, blank]; [ii], 151, [3, blank], 151, [1]; 138, 138; 154, 154. Contemporary calf, spines divided by raised bands between double gilt rules. One blank leaf (of 8) discarded, some light spotting, one or two minor edge tears. Rather rubbed and marked, some wear to spine ends, several joints cracking and one one (front of vol. 1) loosening, labels lost. Gilt crest to head of each vol. of army officer, politician, and aide-de-camp to George III James St Clair Erskine, 2nd Earl of Rosslyn (1762-1837).


The scarce first Foulis edition of Thucydides, a highly regarded printing: 'It is beautifully printed and called by Harwood "one of the most correct of all the Greek classics published at Glasgow." Copies of it are now scarce, and in fine condition bear a considerable price' (Dibdin). The text is Duker's, the translation the same as had appeared in Duker's 1731 folio, which is ultimately Valla's but as revised by Estienne, Portus and Duker. This is the variant issue with the Latin text following the Greek text, instead of on alternating leaves.

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