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Title: Classical Biography: Exhibiting Alphabetically The Proper Names, with a Short Account of the Several Deities, Heroes, and Other Persons, Mentioned in the Ancient Classic Authors; and a More Particular Description of the Most Distinguished Characters Among the Romans; the Whole being Interspersed with Occasional Explanations of Words and Phrases. Designed Chiefly to Contribute to the Illustration of the Latin Classics.
Description: Edinburgh: Printed [by Murray & Cochrane, Craig's Close, Edinburgh] for William Creech; And T. Cadel, Jun. & W. Davies, London. 1800. FIRST EDITION, first issue. 8vo (in 4s), 216 x 125 mms., pp. [iv], 414 [415 Errata, 416 blank], printer's name taken from colophon on page 414, contemporary calf, gilt rules across spine, green morocco labels; corners very slightly crushed, some very small nicks, but generally a very good and attractive copy. The schoolmaster and classical scholar Adam Alexander (17411809) was described by one of his students, Henry Cockburn (later Lord Cockburn) thus: "Never was a man more fortunate in the choice of a vocation. He was born to teach Latin, some Greek, and all virtue. In doing so he was generally patient, though not, when intolerably provoked, without due fits of gentle wrath; inspiring to his boys, especially the timid and backward; enthusiastically delighted with every appearance of talent or goodness; a warm encourager by praise, play and kindness; and constantly under the strongest sense of duty." The Monthly Review for 1800 commented, "Respectable monuments of the learning and industry of Dr. Adam are already before the public; and the present compilation will not detract from the fame which they have so justly procured for him.... All the articles, which we have examined, we have found to be accurate and satisfactory." ESTC T88389 (BL, Mitchell, Baikie Collection, St. Andrews, National Library of Ireland, University of London; Amherst, Harvard, Lehigh, McMaster, UCLA, Penn, Yale) distinguishes between this issue and a re-issue with the printer's name on the title-page, ESTC T88390 (BL, Cambridge, NLS).

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Price: GBP 275.00 = appr. US$ 392.70 Seller: John Price Antiquarian Books
- Book number: 8270

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