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kesäkuu 12, 2014, 10:11 am

Just placed my pre-order ;). Super excited for this volume as I've been looking for an EP volume of Marcus Aurelius but the secondhand market for whatever reason is selling at a ridiculous price as high as $1600!! Don't know who in their right mind would pay for that but I guess there's a sucker out there somewhere. I haven't read Epictetus yet so looking forward to it. Looks a bit off though as it looks like the two volumes are of different colour.

kesäkuu 12, 2014, 1:25 pm

>1 JuliusC: Note that the EP has done multiple editions of Marcus Aurelius. The DLE will be quite expensive but the Famous Editions version can probably be found more reasonably priced.

kesäkuu 13, 2014, 12:26 pm

Wow. It was only a few years ago that EP offered this facsimile of an 1909 edition of The Thoughts of the Emperor Marcus Aurelius Antoninus in a Deluxe Limited Edition:

kesäkuu 13, 2014, 6:30 pm

3: So what? These are two different editions with completely different illustrations. The Folio Society does the same thing as well.

Muokkaaja: kesäkuu 14, 2014, 6:41 pm

I know. I've been collecting from both companies for over thirty years. I'm not complaining. It's just surprising that -- with all the great books out there -- they would be repeating a title already. I get it -- different translation, different book design, etc. I guess they figure that there are a lot of collectors out there who regret having missed out on the first volume (either that, or that people really like old Marcus).

Of course, if I get this book, it will be for the Epictetus. The volume they included in the Reader's Choice series a few years back was atrocious (an adaptation of a reimagining of an imitation of a student's record of the words of Epictetus -- or something like that -- ugh!). I would have been more than happy if they had just reprinted the Macy edition of the Discourses with a leather cover (and all the original art)...

(edited for grammar)

Muokkaaja: kesäkuu 14, 2014, 9:10 am

5: Gotcha. I think a lot of companies repeat titles, and as you said, probably a lot of people missed out on the DLE. Myself, I find this volume tempting... as if I don't have enough books to read already!

edit: and wow, the illustrations are no less beautiful than those of Flint in the DLE!

kesäkuu 14, 2014, 3:13 pm

Like Socrates, Confucius, and Jesus, Epictetus didn't write anything of his own. His student Arrian composed both the Discourses and the Sayings (usually called the Enchiridion) from his notes and his memory. The Discourses is the most thorough statement of Epictetus's philosophy and is the one reproduced in the Great Books of the Western World. The Sayings or Enchiridion consists of shorter, quotable statements and appears in the Harvard Classics.

kesäkuu 14, 2014, 6:37 pm

>7 jroger1: Absolutely. The Reader's Choice volume that I was referring to was The Art of Living, Sharon Lebell's version (I'm loath to call it a translation) of the Enchiridion. The following is an excerpt from a review of this book that I posted to this group several years back:

This short book by Sharon Lebell is an "imitation" (in Robert Lowell's sense) of the Enchiridion (or Manual) of Epictetus, a handbook of ethical precepts compiled in the early 2nd century by Arrian (who had studied under the Stoic philosopher). Lebell's book is not, in the strict sense, a new translation of Epictetus, but rather a "selection, interpretation, and improvisation with the ideas," the result of Lebell having "consulted various translations" in order to give "fresh expression to what I think he would have said today" (from the Prologue). Although Lebell's highly subjective "improvisations" may give scholars good cause to cringe, they have nevertheless introduced Stoicism (not as historical, but rather as popular philosophy) to a new generation of readers. To appreciate the nature and extent of Lebell's liberties, you need only compare the following three versions of the same passage from the Enchiridion:
Avoid public and vulgar entertainments; but, if ever an occasion calls you to them, keep your attention upon the stretch, that you may not imperceptibly slide into vulgar manners. For be assured that if a person be ever so sound himself, yet, if his companion be infected, he who converses with him will be infected likewise. (1758 translation by Elizabeth Carter)
Refuse the entertainments of strangers and the vulgar. But if occasion arise to accept them, then strain every nerve to avoid lapsing into the state of the vulgar. For know that , if your comrade have a stain on him, he that associates with him must need share the stain, even though he be clean in himself. (1916 translation by P.E. Matheson)
Avoid Most Popular Entertainment: Most of what passes for legitimate entertainment is inferior or foolish and only caters to or exploits people's weaknesses. Avoid being one of the mob who indulges in such pastimes. Your life is too short and you have important things to do. Be descriminating about what ideas and images you permit in your mind. If you yourself don't choose what thoughts and images you expose yourself to, someone else will, and their motives may not be the highest. It is the easiest thing in the world to slide imperceptibly into vulgarity. But there's no need for that to happen if you determine not to waste your time and attention on mindless pap. (Sharon Lebell's "interpretation" of this passage)
The copyright page of the 2007 Reader's Choice edition of this book (one of the Reader's Choice Non-Fiction Titles) tells us that the main section of the book "substantially reproduces" Lebell's text--which is itself an "interpretation" of "various translations" of a handbook derived from lectures transcribed from memory by a famous student of Epictetus. That's six degrees of separation!

Easton Press already has the reprint rights to the fabulously illustrated LEC/HP edition of the Discourses (an edition that also includes the Enchiridion). I've been hoping for quite some time that EP would issue a leather-bound edition of this book.

I'm not meaning to disparage the new Deluxe Limited Edition of Aurelius/Epictetus, which looks really nice too (expensive...but nice) -- I'll probably buy one myself!!

kesäkuu 14, 2014, 7:47 pm

>8 SilentInAWay: Thanks for the clarification. I happen to own Lebell's book, a 5x8 hardcover with only 113 pages and lots of white space. If I were to buy this set, I would do it for Marcus and not for Epictetus. The LEC edition you described sounds fabulous.

Muokkaaja: syyskuu 5, 2014, 1:55 am

Finally received my copy and although pricey at $122 per book, I am pleased to have it. Like I said, it's pretty hard to find a decently priced copy of Easton Press Marcus Aurelius as the ones I've seen are over $200 and Epictetus I have yet to read so really looking forward to that.

The endpapers are marbleized and the paper feels nice and thick. Both title pages has a protective film/tissue but not really sure why it's there.

It doesn't say anywhere who the translator is so I had to look it up but I think it's Jeremy Collier? If anyone knows let me know. What I really love about the book are the beautiful illustrated borders each books has. What I'm not a fan of are the font. Looks runny and really small but I guess that's what the 1903/4 version of the book used. What I find really unfortunate is the lines are not numbered which is a shame as I wanted to cross reference the different translations. Not a big deal for those that just want to read through the book. If someone can tell me if the other EP Marcus Aurelius have the numbered lines I would appreciate it. Overall it's a really nice volume, pricey for a small book but it is beautiful.

elokuu 27, 2014, 1:02 am

Beautiful pics! Looks like a good price at $122 per volume. They probably could have sold this as a DLE.

Muokkaaja: elokuu 27, 2014, 7:43 am

>10 JuliusC: "What I'm not a fan of is the font. Looks runny and really small but I guess that's what the 1903/4 version of the book used. What I find really unfortunate is the lines are not numbered which is a shame as I wanted to cross reference the different translations."

The earlier Marcus DLE is one of Easton's finer productions. The translation is by George Long with 12 beautiful tipped-in illustrations by Russell Flint The font is easy to read and not "runny" like several of their more recent DLEs. However, like your edition, it does not contain line numbers.

elokuu 27, 2014, 12:26 pm

12: Yes, the earlier DLE is a facsimile of the Medici Society edition. The Medici Society produced some stunning editions, and EP also released a DLE facsimile of their Canterbury Tales (with further illustrations by Flint).

elokuu 27, 2014, 6:53 pm

> 10
Thanks for the pictures. Very representative. This confirms for me, though, that I need to pass on this edition. These are both lower-priority titles for me and works I own in other editions. And while I too like the border illustrations, certainly not enough to justify the asking price.

maaliskuu 31, 2016, 12:10 pm

If anybody is interested in this, I have a sealed set that I'm willing to part with.

PM me if you're interested in.

toukokuu 27, 2016, 2:04 am

toukokuu 27, 2016, 11:48 am

>16 astropi: I've watched many of the Leather Library reviews on You Tube in the past. He does review many EP and FS books along with many others. I really enjoy his reviews, but haven't seen any newer reviews from him in a while. Check out his other video reviews too.

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