Amsterdam: chez Marc-Michel Rey, 1769. First edition in French of The Laws, a series of twelve dialogues written by Plato in the last years of his life. The translator is Jean-Nicolas Grou (1731-1803), a Jesuit writer who translated several works of Plato into French and authored a number of respected theological works. One of his works is still in print in English today: The Spiritual Life: A Comprehensive Manual for Catholics Seeking Salvation. Attractive engraved vignettes on title-pages and on last page of text in each volume. Head of spine lightly worn in Volume I. Otherwise a fine set. Contemporary calf, spines gilt, red and black morocco labels, blue marbled edges. , 398, [2, ads]; , 302, [1, ads] pp. Item #12889
This book has an interesting dedication by the Dutch publisher to one of his most celebrated authors, Jean-Jacques Rousseau. Rey characterizes Rousseau as one who had no taste for flattery, either as donor or recipient. He compares Rousseau to Socrates, and concludes with an allusion to the book he had published some years before: “En lisant cet ouvrage de Platon, souvenex-vous quelquefois de moi, & me croyez principalement occupé à suivre dans l'éducation de mes enfans les excellentes directions que vous m'avez donnez dans votre Emile.” Also included is a preliminary letter jointly signed by David Ruhnken (1723-1798) and Lodewijk Kasper Valckenaer (1715-1785), two of the leading classicists of the 18th century, attesting to the accuracy of Grou's rendition of the Greek original.
Cioranescu 32752. Brunet IV, 701. Moss II, p. 453.