Fair. Good copy for reading, may have heavy page wear with writing textual notes highlighting or be an heavily used ex library copy with library markings, stickers or stamps. Dust jacket or accessories may not be included.
Hardcover. 8vo. 144pp Original bright blue cloth w/ gilt titles, etc. to spine, top edge gilt, headbands colored eps, printed on laid paper. Edition limited to 500 copies. Emperor Julian was the last of the pagan emperors of Rome, who rallied for the revival of the old pagan faiths and opposed many aspects of, what was in his day, the new faith called Christianity. The text here is reprinted from the Thomas Taylor translation of 1793. Thomas Taylor (1758-1835), was a leading exponent of Neo-Platonic thought, and was largely responsible for it's rediscovery in English-speaking mystical circles, by his translations of Iamblichus, Proclus, Porphyry and other Neoplatonists and Pythagoreans. Taylor, a one time bank-clerk who devoted himself to the classics, was said to be such a devotee of Hellenic paganism that he and his wife spoke only to one another in classical Greek. It was Taylor's translations that introduced the Romantic poets to Platonism, and in the US his work was enthusiastically embraced by Emerson and a number of his followers, and in the UK was rediscovered by G. R. S. Mead, and others involved in other turn of the century occult and mystical movements. Very light chafing to extremities, spot fading to spine, page edges darkened-otherwise a solid and bright copy, VG condition inside and out. (no dust jacket issued).
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