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The God of Socrates

The God of Socrates

by Lucius Apuleius

Originally published in 1993 as the final release from Heptangle Books [whose work we hold in very high regard], these are among the last copies, which have been handsewn and bound at the studios of ARS OBSCURA Bookbinding and are real jewels given the inexpensive asking price.

The Classical author of The Golden Asse, Lucius Apuleius, here delivers a tract of serious philosophy. This work puts forth the view of the nature of the Daemon prior to the Judaeo-Christian corruption of that character to Demon. Herein is analysis of genius, Socrates representing the model.

“You may call this daemon in our tongue, according to interpretation, a Genius, I know not whether rightly, but certainly at my peril; because this God (or daemon), who in the mind of everyone, though it is immortal, nevertheless, it is after a certain manner generated with man; so that those prayers by which implore the Genius, and which we employ when we embrace the knees genua of those whom we supplicate, appear to me to testify our connexion and union …”


The God of Socrates

Small octavo, cloth bound with printed dust jacket.  Letterpress printed and bound with antique bookpresses.

[ 1000 copies only]: $40.00