Rare Books History of the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides Military History Books for Readers Gift Used Collectors Books Leather bound


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This is a near fine (almost like new) leather bound hardcover. 1974 Easton Press Military History Collectors Edition. This copy is crisp and clean inside and out. Bound in genuine tan leather with gold accents the fine binding is highlighted with page edges tipped in gold, silk moire endpapers, attached ribbon bookmark and raised (hubbed) spine. The Smyth sewn fine binding is tight and straight and ensures highest quality binding and durability. CONDITION NOTE; The only hint of shelf wear to this copy is mild rubbing off of the gold design on front title/author gold lettering on spine not worn. Standard octavo book size or 6" x 9" with 461 pages. Includes Easton Press accompanying bookplate for owner and Collectors Notes pamphlet.

Thucydides book, The History of the Peloponnesian War, is recognized as a masterpiece of history. When the war broke out he was about 25 years old. As a participant he rose to rank of general but later found himself exiled from Athens due to his military failure at Amphipolis.
The book describes the disastrous struggle between Athens and Sparta for supremacy in Greece. In his chronicle, Thucydides relied on eyewitness accounts with much attention paid to details of generals, rulers and more. He tried to decipher the motives, policies and decisions that influenced the war and outlined the errors that cost Athens her defeat.

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