The Works of Plato; translated by Thomas Taylor
EDITION OF PLATO IN ENGLISH
“had a strong influence on the English Romantics. In the poetry of
William Blake… much of the symbolism is Neoplatonic. The Platonism of
the English Romantic poets Coleridge and Shelley also derives from
Taylor, although both were able to read the original texts. Taylor also
deeply influenced Emerson and his circle in America. Later, in the early
20th century, the influence of Taylor’s writings was again apparent in
the Irish poet and dramatist William Butler Yeats” (Britannica).
FIRST COMPLETE EDITION IN ENGLISH OF PLATO’S WORKS; the enormously
influential Thomas Taylor translation. Complete five-volume sets are
“It was through Taylor's translations that the Romantic poets had access
to Platonism: they are probably one of the sources of Blake's mythology,
as well as his repudiation of the natural science of Bacon and Newton...
there is no doubt that Coleridge's acquaintance with Proclus was
assisted by Taylor's translation... [In America], R. W. Emerson read
Taylor's translations enthusiastically, and Taylor's influence was felt
among Emerson's disciples, adepts of ‘transcendental philosophy’ such as
Amos Bronson Alcott, William T. Harris, Thomas M. Johnson, Hiram K.
Jones, and Thomas Wentworth Higginson... Emily Dickinson, who was a
friend of Higginson, therefore probably owed her Platonism ultimately to
Thomas Taylor” (DNB). Taylor's translation was a revision and
completion of the work begun by Floyer Syndenham (1710-1787) .
The Works of Plato, viz. his Fifty-Five Dialogues, and Twelve Epistles,
translated from the Greek; Nine of the Dialogues by the Late Floyer
Syndenham, and the Remainder by Thomas Taylor. London: Printed for
Thomas Taylor by R. Wilkes... sold by Jeffery and Evans, 1804. Quarto,
contemporary marbled boards sympathetically rebacked and recornered.
Five volumes. Engraved plate of diagrams.; section titles. Volume I with
two leaves remargined and one leaf with significant paper repair (with
no loss of text). Occasional foxing but generally text exceptionally
clean with wide margins. A very handsome set.