PLATO. Symposium. Malborough: Libanus Press, 1986.
2 vols. 4to. Grey morocco, and quarter grey morocco over grey cloth for the main and supplementary volume respectively, in a grey heavy card slipcase; unpaginated; a very good set, with varying (and not unattractive) toning to the spines, internally clean and otherwise near fine.
A translation of the Symposium stated by the translator in the preface to favour accessibility over strict word for word accuracy, with the parallel greek alongside it. Includes wonderful (and at intervals, laudably homoerotic) engravings by Peter Foster. This edition was limited to 355 copies for sale, and this is the translator's presentation copy, as marked on the limitation page.
Plato's Symposium follows a similar stlye to many other philosophical texts of the period, insomuch as the philosophical arguments are carried out in the form of a discussion between a group of men attending a banquet. Among the characters are Socrates (the majority of what we know about Socrates' philosophy is found in Platonic dialogues), the orator and general Alcibiades and the playwright Aristophanes. Much of the discussion revolves around different conceptions of love, in particular with regard to Eros, the God of love and desire.