First complete edition in English of The History of Herodotus; translated by Isaac Littlebury
The History of Herodotus. Translated from the Greek. By Isaac Littlebury.
Herodotus; Translated by Isaac Littlebury.$7,500.00
Item Number: 96521
London: Printed for Edward Castle and Sam Buckley, 1709.
First complete edition in English of Littlebury’s translation of the histories of Herodotus, also the first appearance in English since Thomas Marshe’s 1584 incomplete translation of only the first two books. Octavo, two volumes. Bound in full contemporary calf with gilt titles and tooling to the spine in six compartments within raised bands, red morocco spine labels, stamped ruling, all edged speckled red, woodcut ornaments to the title pages and colophon of volume II, index. From the library of George Paterson of Castle Huntly with his armorial bookplates to the pastedowns. After amassing a large fortune with the East India Company, Paterson purchased the famed Scottish Castle Huntly in 1770. In very good condition. Rare and with noted provenance.
Herodotus is generally considered ‘the father of history’. Departing from the Homeric chronicle, ‘[h]e was the first to collect his materials systematically, to test their accuracy as far as he could, and arrange his story in such a way as to appeal to, as well as inform, his readers’ (PMM). His main theme, which is also the subject of the present work, was the struggle between Persia and Greece.