New York: Philosophical Library, 1973. First Edition. Cloth. SIGNED and Inscribed by the translator to his sister on the front free endpaper; tall 8vo / small quarto (9 1/4" x 6 1/4"); grass green cloth with gold lettering on spine; archival polyester-protected lettered white dust jacket (unclipped); x, [xi-xii], 13-232 pages. Very Good / Good. Item #6744
"De Rerum Natura" --here rendered "About Reality"--is Lucretius' superb integration of Greek Epicurean physics and psychology in a poetic epic in six books. This remarkable exposition of atomism, near evolution, and a secular cosmos argues that the soul is mortal, that higher Epicurean pleasures are the goal of life, and that humankind has free will, among other ideas.
UNCOMMON TRANSLATION of this classic. Very personalized with inscription to his sister. Philip F. Wooby also wrote: Nude to the meaning of tomorrow: A novel of a lonely search (1959).
VERY GOOD copy overall: tight and without any internal marks or underlining. Moderate soil and some closed tears to edges of Acceptable-to-Good jacket (unclipped).
See the review by: Charles Fantazzi, The Classical World, Vol. 69, No. 6 (Mar., 1976), pp. 409-411 (3 pages), The Johns Hopkins University Press.