Hard Cover. Oxonii: E Typographeo Clarendoniano Impensis Jac. Fletcher Bibliopolae, 1765. Very Good.
Text in Greek and Latin. Second printing of the Forster edition. Bound in full contemporary brown calf, spine compartments ruled in gilt, red label to spine. Boards and spine rubbed, corners worn, reinforcements to inner hinges, bookplates and ownership stamp to front pastedown. A very good copy. This 1745 copy of Plato’s dialogues in Latin and Greek contains a record of its provenance. Indicated by the bookplate, the book once belonged to the Carberry Tower Library. Carberry Tower is a historic house in Scotland: the first mention of the land is recorded in the 11th century when it was given to the monks of Dunfermline Abbey by King David I. Notably, the Carberry estate was the site of Mary Queen of Scots’ capture in 1567. She was confronted with an army assembled by a confederation of her lords and was imprisoned. The secondary bookplate denotes the Honorable M. Elphinstone; the Elphinstone family married into the Carberry estate in 1774, and the book passed to their family in 1801.