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The Letters Of Pliny The Consul: With Occasional Remarks. By William Melmoth, Esq. ... The Fifth Edition, Corrected. Vol. I. (II.)

Pliny the Younger

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Uniform Title

[Letters., English., Melmoth., 1763.]

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London:: Printed for R. and J. Dodsley, in Pall-Mall., MDCCLXIII.

Physical Description

2 vols.; 212 mm. (Small quarto.)

General Note

Vol. I: [12], 368 p. - Vol. II: [4], 371-692, [4] p.


Vol. I: [Half-t., t.p., dedic.] - The Preface - The Letters Of Pliny. Book I.(-VI.). - Vol. II: [Half-t., t.p.] - The Letters Of Pliny. Book VII.(-IX.) - [Sectional title:] Book the Tenth ... - The Letters Of Pliny. Book X. - An Alphabetical Index Of The Persons Names to whom Pliny addresses the foregoing Letters.

Responsibility Note

The two title page vignettes are signed as engraved by Ravenet.

The translation is dedicated by Melmoth to the Earl of Cholmondeley.


ESTC, T121644
On Pliny's villas see the note on Robert Castell's The Villas Of The Ancients Illustrated (1728).

Summary Note

Melmoth's translation of Pliny's Letters was first published in 1746. Another English translation, by Lord Orrery, was brought out in 1751.

The tenth book, which in this publication has its own divisional title-page, contains Pliny's correspondence between himself and the emperor Trajan. Beside the pictures which the letters provide of Roman public and private life, they will have been of interest to students of art and architecture for the evidence which they give of Pliny's patronage of the arts and of his country villas.

The edition is not illustrated. Two title-page vignettes show a coin of Trajan.


A microfilm version was published in 1986 (Woodbridge: CT Research Publications Inc.).


Recorded in RAA Library, Catalogue, 1802.

Copy Note

In Volume II a second copy of the half-title has been bound in after the title-page.

Binding Note

18th-century calf, rebacked, with red morocco spine-labels, lettered, 'Melmoth's Pliny Vol. I. (II.)'.

Name as Subject


Romans - Social life and customs - Civilization - Italy - Rome - History - 1st century - 2nd century
Latin letters - Biography - 1st century - 2nd century
Translations from Latin - Translations into English - Great Britain - 18th century