From The Bibelot, A Reprint of Poetry and Prose for Book Lovers, chosen in part from scarce editions and sources not generally known, Volume I, Number IV, Testimonial Edition, Edited and Originally Published by Thomas B. Mosher, Portland, Maine; Wm. Wise & Co.; New York; 1895; pp. 89-90.
TO the chance suggestion of a friendly critic the readers of The Bibelot are indebted for its editor’s choice of this Discourse of Marcus Aurelius.
Reprinted for the first time, apart from its brilliant context, it is a chapter out of Marius the Epicurean that no man who has read will ever forget, nor will the book itself ever be forgotten as long as superb style is the one undoubted test of power in English Literature.
The consummate art of Walter Pater is seen at its height in this fresh and living presentment of the ‘the imperial sage.’ It easily ranks with the best Imaginary Conversation; nay, it does more, it brings us face to face with undying greatness, even ‘with death and with the Roman populace.’
There can be one thing only to say to him who knows not Marius — possess yourself of this Golden Book!
And to those unfamiliar with the Thoughts of Marcus Aurelius, the complete translation made by Long, and to be had in the charming little edition of George Bell & Sons, (London, 1892,) is the book to acquire and to enjoy.