Θεοφραστου Χαρακτηρες ἠθικοι. Theophrasti Characteres Ethici; Ex Recensione Petri Needham, Et Versione Latina Isaaci Casauboni.

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Theophrastus [Θεόφραστος Theόphrastos]; Peter Needham (1680-1731); Isaac Casaubon (1559-1614)

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Theophrastus [Θεόφραστος Theόphrastos]; Peter Needham (1680-1731); Isaac Casaubon (1559-1614). Θεοφραστου Χαρακτηρες ἠθικοι. Theophrasti Characteres Ethici; Ex Recensione Petri Needham, Et Versione Latina Isaaci Casauboni. Glasguae [Glasgow]: In Aedibus Academicis Excudebat Robertus Foulis Academiae Typographus., 1743. First Edition. pp. [2], 105. 12mo., measuring 20 cm tall. Unassuming, modest brown leather over boards; four raised bands to spine, five compartments. Printed in Greek type with the Latin translation on the facing page. Extremities rubbed, some scuffing, some chipping to the spine ends. Internally, very clean and unmarked with tight, sound binding. The leather binding has recently been professionally replenished, and treated with a natural leather preserver. Scarce in commerce. Correponds to OCLC #61707412. Glasgow born, Robert Foulis, (1707-1776) was a Scottish printer whose work had considerable influence on the printers, and publishers of his time. Initially apprenticing as a master barber he was encouraged to take up the trade of printing and bookselling at the suggestion of his friend Francis Hutcheson of the University of Glasgow. Beginning in 1741 Foulis engaged in the selling of books in Glasgow, and it was very shortly thereafter, in 1742, that he set up his own press. He was appointed printer to the University of Glasgow in 1743, and in the same year produced the first Greek book printed in Glasgow, the Peri hermēneias (in both Greek and Latin) of the pseudo-Demetrius Phalereus. “Five years later he went into partnership with his brother, Andrew, and by 1775 had produced more than 500 separate editions, including an edition of Homer (4 vol., folio, 1756–58), Callimachus (small quarto, 1755), Thomas Gray’s Poems (quarto, 1768), Herodotus, Thucydides, and Xenophon with Latin translations, and one of the first Scottish editions of Shakespeare. The Foulises’ best works were distinguished by their excellent layout, legibility, and accuracy.” [EB, April, 2019]. Some of the credit for their achievement is attributable to the renowned type-maker and punch-cutter, Alexander Wilson, from whom they purchased their type(s). Robert Foulis died on 2 June 1776 in Edinburgh. Leather Bound. (#1545) $795.00