Athens: With Views of the Literature, Philosophy, and Social Life of the Athenian People

Athens: With Views of the Literature, Philosophy, and Social Life of the Athenian People

Athens: With Views of the Literature, Philosophy, and Social Life of the Athenian People

Athens: With Views of the Literature, Philosophy, and Social Life of the Athenian People

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Athens: Its Rise and Fall , originally published in 1837, is the most important and readable of the Victorian histories of ancient Greece. It stands alongside Macauley and Carlyle as a great historical work of British Romanticism, and anticipates the thinking of George Grote and John Stuart Mill on Greek history by over a decade.Originally published in two volumes, this new one-volume edition includes the text of the never-before published 'third volume' on which he was working at the time of his death, recently rediscovered by Oxford academic Oswyn Murray.An absolute must for any scholar of ancient Greece.

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Many friends and colleagues have helped my serendipitous work on this marvellous book. I wish first of all to thank the Lytton family, and especially Lord Cobbold and his son the Hon. Henry Cobbold, who encouraged and facilitated my work in every way as soon as I contacted them. I should also like to record the great pleasure of meeting fellow enthusiasts at the magnificent celebration of Bulwer's bicentennial birthday at Knebworth on the weekend of 25 May 2003.

The frontispiece was provided by Henry Cobbold and is reproduced with the permission of the Knebworth Estates. Mrs Susan Flood, County Archivist of Hertfordshire, arranged for me to view the manuscript of the work, and to borrow the unpublished section on deposit in Balliol College Library. Here my colleagues, the librarian, Dr Penny Bulloch, and her deputy, Alan Tadiello, arranged for me to spend many days transcribing the text, and assisted me with their expertise in nineteenth century handwriting.

It was the online bookshop Scrinium.nl with its list Specimina Septimanalia which first brought the work to my attention. Tom Figueira and Abebooks.com led me to the many American editions. In order to produce a digitally scanned manuscript, I needed to obtain a cheap edition of the book, whose binding could be stretched for scanning: this was made possible by the Abebooks listings, which revealed two physically separated volumes of the first American edition (Harper Brothers 1837), Vol. I in Beaverton, Oregon priced $24, Vol. II in Houston, Texas at $8. For a total of $32 plus shipping, I was the proud possessor of a recreated set, the first volume previously having belonged to "Edward A. and Eugene H. Lynch 1837", the second anonymous; I am happy to report that their sturdy American pioneer bindings stood up remarkably well to subsequent maltreatment by my daughter Ros on the photocopier. The same source helped me to acquire a fine English first edition and other relevant works of Bulwer Lytton's early radical-dandy period.

My colleagues on the Bibliotheca Academica Translationum project of the Arts and Humanities Research Board, Dr Chryssanthi Avlami, Dr Susanne Stark and Hazel Bloss, helped my bibliographical researches, especially into

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