The Tragedies of Euripides
|The Tragedies of Euripides|
Title page from The Tragedies of Euripides, volume one, George Wythe Collection, Wolf Law Library, College of William & Mary.
|Translator||dedication signed: "R. Potter."|
|Published||London: Printed for J. Dodsley, Pall-Mall|
|Volumes||2 volume set|
|Desc.||29 cm. (4to). Colophon in v.1: "Sold by Mr. Dodsley, Pall-Mall, and Mr. Evans, Pater-noster-Row."
Half-title in each volume. Each play has separate divisional title-page. Pagination: v.1: xvi, , 687,  p. -- v.2: vii, , 677,  p.,  leaf of plates. Engraved portrait of author on v.1 title-page, signed "I.K. Sherwin, sculp."; tail-pieces; engraved frontispiece illustration (plate). Includes list of subscribers. Includes errata. Publisher's advertisements on last page in v.1.
The Reverend Robert Potter (1721-1804) came to fame through his 1777 translation of Aeschylus, the first into English of that author. His obvious next step was to translate Euripides, but this project was delayed by a collaborative attempt at Pindar's Odes taken on for financial reasons. As a result, Potter's translation just missed being the first complete translation into English, an honour taken instead by Wodhull. Potter did, however, receive more favourable response from reviewers, and went on to translate Sophocles as well in 1788.
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Description of the Wolf Law Library's copy
Bound in contemporary speckled calf with flat spines with red morocco lettering pieces. Purchased from Blackwell Rare Books.
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