The Clouds. A Comedy.

By: Aristophanes.

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London: Printed for T. Payne, 1759. ESTC shows just one prior publication (1715) of this title in English, and the translator of the present volume, James White, asserts that this version is the first to be printed in its entirety. Contemporary full leather, spine label lacking, elaborately decorated in gilt, marbled endpapers, edges stained red, 179 pp., (A)-B6. In "The Clouds", written in the 5th century B.C., the conservative Aristophanes, who was unhappy with the way Greek society was trending in ethics and philosophy, lampoons Socrates, who represents the Sophists, for his "base principles" his "absurd and affected language" and "oddities of manner by which (he) undertook to impose upon the popular credulity" (C.C. Felton's preface to his edition of "The Clouds", 1848). In Plato's "Apology", Socrates claims that Aristophanes portrayal of him in "The Clouds" "...sullied his name and contributed to the public discontent which led to his indictment." (Roche, 2008, "The Invocation of "Clouds" in Plato's "Apology"). With the 19th c. engraved bookplate of John Laxdale. The leather worn, the gilt nearly disappeared, but a sound, Good copy.

Title: The Clouds. A Comedy.

Author Name: Aristophanes.

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Seller ID: aristophanes.175london:printedfort.payne,1759.es