Edinburgh: Printed for Bell & Bradfute [etc.], 1798. [Ancient Moral Philosophy] FIRST THUS. Octavo (22 x 14cm), pp. iv; 365 . With a copper vignette engraving to the title page. In a later binding of tan half calf, with raised bands, gilt titles to a red label, gilt decoration to bands, and purple cloth over boards. All edges speckled red and grey. Heavy spotting to endpapers and blanks, otherwise a lovely crisp, clean copy. Moderate wear to binding; upper joint just starting, with some peeling to leather surface. Very good. One of the principal Ancient texts on morality to be admired by both the early Church Fathers and the scholars of the Renaissance, 'De Officiis' was considered somewhat old-hat by the late eighteenth century. Nevertheless, in the preface McCartney notes that 'a translation of it, accommodated to the present state of the English language, seemed to be much wanted.' His characterisation of the work as one best suited to children makes the translation even more important, since their knowledge of Latin would be necessarily limited, and thus he endeavoured to make his version as literal as possible. Item #59894
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