The Banquet of Plato. Plato, Shelley, sshe.
The Banquet of Plato
The Banquet of Plato
The Banquet of Plato
The Banquet of Plato

The Banquet of Plato

[Boston: [Houghton Mifflin Company, printed at The Riverside Press], 1908. Limited Edition. Hardcover. No. 181 of 440, duodecimo size, 154 pp. Near Fine. Item #CNJL096

More universally known as "The Symposium" - which means a "drinking together", symposia were often held in ancient Athens. Held after the meal, the men would retire to a separate room, recline upon couches, and enjoy "hearty servings of wine" while discoursing upon numerous topics. This is Platonic dialogue at its best; the challenge has been set for each guest to discourse on Eros - love. The work is complex in that various players are reciting previous conversations to each other, with the reader almost eavesdropping.

Translated in 1818 by Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822), best known today as one of the Romantic poets, author of works such as "Queen Mab" and "Prometheus Unbound". This publication designed by Bruce Rogers (1870-1857), American typographer who invented the "Centaur" tyepface (based on the Renaissance-period printing of Nicolas Jenson), and considered by many to be one of the greatest book designers of the twentieth century.

___DESCRIPTION: Bound in full dark grey laid paper over boards with yapped edges, white paper spine label with black lettering, the title page exquisite in its simplicity with only the title and date, with an extra spine label tipped in at the rear; Montaigne type, duodecimo size (7.5" by 5.25"), pagination: [i-iv] 1-149, [150] colophon with limitation statement and Bruce Roger's initials ("b-r") on either side of the printer's device; limited edition of 440 copies, this number 181. In a slipcase covered with black paper, paper spine label the same as that on the volume.

___CONDITION: Volume is near fine, with clean boards, straight corners without rubbing, a strong, square text block, the interior is clean and bright, and the volume is entirely free of prior owner markings; minute spots of rubbing to the head and tail of the spine, and the guttar between the rear free endpaper and final leaf just beginning to crack, else fine. The slipcase is, alas, fair only; missing the top edge and beginning to separate at the bottom panel from one of the sides.

___CITATION: Warde no. 87, p. 59.

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Price: $150.00