Franklin Center, PA: Franklin Library, 1975. Hardcover. Green leather boards with gilt tooling, gilt lettering on spine with 3 raised bands; orange silk end papers; all edge gilt; two page color frontispiece; 415 pp; yellow silk ribbon page marker. VG (leather at spine has a small area worn off. Book is otherwise very clean.). Item #185425
"This limited edition ... is published exclusively for subscribers to the Franklin Library collection The 100 greatest books of all time." Originally written circa 380 B.C., The Republic is a fictional dialogue between Socrates and other various Athenians and foreigners examining the meaning of justice. Also discussed are Plato's "Theory of forms", the nature of the philosopher, the conflict between philosophy and poetry, and the immortality of the soul. One of Plato's most famous works and one of the most important books written on the subject of philosophy and political theory. This copy includes the translation of The Republic that was first published in Everyman's Library in 1935 and color plates of Raphael's famous fresco The School of Athens.