London: Dawsons of Pall Mall, 1968. 1st. Hardcover. First Edition Thus, Reprint in facsimile of the 1924 Oxford First Edition; complete in 4 volumes. Large 8vo. vi, 549; vi, 482; viii, 632; xlix, 576 pp. Extensive notes, commentary, and addenda by Walter Scott. Black cloth with gilt lettering and illustration. Owner blind stamp to ffep in each volume else the set is in fine condition. Item #17639
It is said that these teachings are records of private, intimate talks between a teacher and one or two of his disciples. The setting was in Egypt under the Roman Empire, among men who had received some instruction in Greek philosophy, and especially the Platonism of the period, but were not content with merely accepting and repeating the cut-and-dried dogmas of the orthodox philosophic schools and sought to build up, on a basis of Platonic doctrine, a philosophic religion that would better satisfy their needs. Included here are the libelli of the Corpus Hermeticum, the Asclepius, the Hermetic excerpts in the Anthologium of Stobaeus, and other fragments. The entire text is produced in the original Greek or Latin, with an English translation on facing pages.