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G.E. Moore’s copy

Griechische Sprachlehre für Schulen. [Vol. I] Fünfte Auflage. Leipzig: Krüger, 1875; [Vol. II] Sechste Auflage. Leipzig und Würzburg: Krüger, 1891; [Vol. III] Fünfte Auflage. Leipzig: Krüger, 1879. 3 volumes, 8vo, [ii], 206; [ii], 362; [ii], 143, [3] pp., contemporary green cloth with gilt lettering, spines a little darkened, boards bright and corners sharp, ownership inscription 'G.E. Moore, Feb. 2nd, 1893' on all three title-pages, uniform browning, pages untrimmed, a nice association set.

This set of Krüger’s textbooks on Greek grammar and syntax belonged to the philosopher G.E. Moore (1873-1958) during his early undergraduate days. As a schoolboy at Dulwich College, Moore had been brilliant at Latin and Greek. In October 1892 he went up to Trinity College, Cambridge, to read for Part 1 of the Classical Tripos, before switching to philosophy, partly under the influence of his fellow-student, Bertrand Russell. Moore’s affinity for classical languages shows up later in his choice of title for Principia Ethica (1903). He was also the person who suggested the title Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus for the English translation of Wittgenstein’s first work (1921).

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