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A DISSERTATION ON THE PHILOSOPHY OF ARISTOTLE IN FOUR BOOKS (1812) by Thomas Taylor

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A DISSERTATION ON THE PHILOSOPHY OF ARISTOTLE IN FOUR BOOKS (1812) by Thomas Taylor

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[Aristotle] TAYLOR, Thomas

A Dissertation on the Philosophy of Aristotle in Four Books. In Which His Principal Physical and Metaphysical Dogmas Are Unfolded, and it is Shown, from Indubitable Evidence, that his Philosophy has not been Accurately Known Since the Destruction of the Greeks. The Insufficiency also of the Philosophy that has been Substituted by the Moderns for that of Aristotle, is Demonstrated

London: Printed for the Author by Robert Wilks, 1812. First Edition. Hardcover. Royal quarto (10.25 x 12.5 inches). Large paper copy. Bound in late 19th century half green morocco with buckram boards, raised bands to spine with gilt titles. Small gilt armorial crest to top compartment showing a flag-bearing lion, with the Latin motto: Dum Spiro Spero ("While I breathe, I hope"). Top edge waxed red. Fore-edge and bottom edge are fully uncut leaving very generous margins. Marbled endpapers. Half-title. xxviii + 577 pp (583): pages 581-583 incorrectly numbered 575-577. Extensive footnotes. Though it has been stated that only 50 copies of this volume were issued, it remains unclear as to the exact number of copies printed (see below). An extremely scarce volume

Corners show some scuffing and edge wear. Boards are rubbed. Faint cup rings on front and back boards. A bit of wear to spine. Bookplate of George Herbert Evans to pastedown. Some light soiling to the margins of half title and the first few pages. A very good copy of this rare work. 

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Taylor here presents the key elements of Aristotle's dogmas in their most genuine form, in the very words of Aristotle himself, with added commentaries on them by his best Greek disciples. In addition to Taylor's detailed footnotes, he has provided a 'catalogue' of the books he consulted while composing the volume, an explanation of certain terms used by Aristotle and his Greek commentators, and a list of his own translations and original works.

Taylor translated the complete works of Aristotle which were published in 9 volumes between 1806 and 1812 in an edition of only 50 copies. Two supplementary volumes were also published: The Metaphysics (1801), and the present volume, which was issued as the last volume of Taylor's translation of Aristotle's complete works. This volume was meant to be a distillation of the above set. Taylor states in the preface: "As the first and second books of this Dissertation are scarcely anything else than a Collection from the volumes of my translation of Aristotle's Works, it is necessary to observe, that my reason for so doing was, that I might benefit as much as possible those who were not purchasers of that translation. For as it consists of nine volumes, 4to, and fifty copies only of it were printed, it must unavoidably be confined to a few purchasers. Of the present volume, therefore, a greater number than fifty were printed, in order that those English readers might be in possession of the principal physical and metaphysical dogmas of Aristotle, who by the magnitude of the price, and the paucity of the copies, were prevented from obtaining the translation of the whole of his Works."