This book is extremely rare for a WorldCat search on October 23, 2012 revealed that no library in the world has a copy of this 1864 first edition of this work.
Translated by George Long.
Foote and Wheeler, in the 1885 edition of "Crimes of Christianity," say of this book that it is "perhaps the noblest book of antiquity." p. 74.
This book includes "The Life of Marcus Aurelius" by the translator, George Long, in 35 pages.
It also includes "The Philosophy of Antoninus," with anotated footnotes, pp. 36-80. The anotated footnotes are missing from the "International Collectors Library" edition of this work
"To Ralph Waldo Emerson, this edition of the Thoughts of the Emperor M. Aurelius Antonius is inscribed by the publishers."
D. M. Bennett, in his "The World's Sages, Thinkers and Reformers," writes about this ancient philosopher as follows:
"This good Roman emperor, son-in-law and successor of Antoninus Pius, was born April 8, A. C. 121, at Mount Celius. He ascended the throne in the year IG1, on the death of his excellent father-in-law, whom he dearly loved, and of whom, as father and counselor, he bore noble and grateful testimony. The habits of mind which Aurelius had cultivated during the period of his probation, however, were little fitted to give him foresight of the troubles that were impending; but the hope that his peculiar training might render him a model of sovereigns, and the recollection of the splendid saying of Plato, that states would surely flourish if their princes were philosophers, sustained him in his arduous and unwelcome task; and great was his success.
He lived in stormy times, but was ever equal to any emergency. As emperor, general, seal statesman, philosopher and forgiver, he stands without a rival . He died in the midst of a career of uninterrupted triumph at Vienna on the seventeenth of March, in the year 180, and the fifty-ninth year of his age. Severe and conscientious towards himself, he was gentle and merciful to every one else. No monarch ever lived more beloved or died more regretted. His whole life was a practical example of his own philosophic creed, the mildest form of Stoicism."