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Arrian; (Blankaart, Nikolaas, ed; Vulcanius, Bonaventura, trans.:) De Expedit. Alex. Magni. Historiarum Libri X. Ejusdem Indica []. Amstelodami [Amsterdam]: Joannem Janssonium a Waesberge, & viduam Elizaei Weyerstraet, 1668. 8vo., pp. [xii], 617, [xxxvii] + additional engraved title page, and portrait of the editor. Woodcut initials and head- & tail-pieces, a few old annotations. A couple of leaves unopened, lower margin of leaf 2L4 abbreviated due to paper flaw. Contemporary vellum, title inked to spine, yapp edges, edges sprinkled blue. Spine a little darkened and marked but vellum otherwise uncommonly clean, paste-downs lifted (the front a little crumpled) revealing manuscript parchment binder's waste used as sewing supports. A very good copy indeed. Dibdin cites Harwood as asserting this edition's 'great merit'. Dibdin I (4th edn.), 329; Hoffman I, 377; Schweiger II, 67.   Ref: 50147 
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Aurelius Victor, Sextus: (Arntzenius, J., ed.:) Historia Romana, cum notis integris [...] Amstelodami [Amsterdam]: apud Janssonio Waesbergios. Trajecti Batav. [Utrecht]: apud Jacobum a Pools 1733. 4to., pp. [xlviii], 668, [cxxxiv] (including one full-page engraving) + additional engraved title-page. Title page in red and black with engraved vignette, illustrations (mostly numismatic) and a few decorations. Sudden heavy foxing from p.201 diminishing towards approx. p.257, occasional small scorch marks never affecting more than a letter or two. Contemporary brown marbled calf, raised bands, orange gilt label to spine, edges coloured yellow. Spine and corners rubbed, tiny tear to headcap, joints wearing a little but a very good copy. Arms of the Dutch city of Leeuwarden, capital of Friesland, in gilt to centre of each board. Illegible pencilled signature to ffep. The text is a new recension by Arntzenius, based on the work of Schott. Dibdin includes this edition on his list of best quarto variora, and notes: 'It is certainly an elaborate performance [...] the edition is indispensable to the collector's library.' Dibdin (4th edn.) I 343; Schweiger II 1136; Graesse VII, 299   Ref: 51544 
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Barwick, Peter: The Life of the Reverend Dr. John Barwick, D.D. London: Printed by J. Bettenham. 1724. Large paper copy. 8vo., pp. [xxiv], 552, [xl] + 2 engr. portrait frontispieces. Contemporary Cambridge-style panelled calf, spine gilt in compartments, orange morocco label,extremities rubbed, spine darkened, joints split but boards still attached, endcaps worn. "James Affleck" book label on front pastedown, contemporary ink inscr. on f.f.e.p. "Eliz. Dolben" and above "Jam:s. Affleck [undeciphered] e dono"; also, mid-20th C. provenance note by Peter B. G. Binnall on verso of marbled flyleaf. The first English edition of this biography and indication of support for the Anglican church and the king, originally written in Latin by the subject's brother. John Barwick (1612-1664) and his brother Peter were both staunch royalists, rewarded with significant posts following the Restoration - Peter as medical advisor to the king and John as dean of St Paul's. ESTC T73568.   Ref: 36006 
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Bayley, C.: An Entrance into the Sacred Language; Containing the necessary Rules of Hebrew Grammar in English: with the Original Text of several Chapters, select Verses, and useful Histories, Translated Verbatim and Analysed. Likewise some select pieces of Hebrew Poetry. The Whole Digested in so easy a Manner, that a Child of seven Years old may arrive at a c London: printed for the Author by R. Hindmarsh [...], 1782. 8vo., pp. [iv], xvi, [iv], 232. Bound without the 10-page list of subscribers and single-leaf advertisement found at rear of most library copies; Contents bound after Preface, rather than before as is usual. A few marginal pencil notes which have blurred and offset to the leaf opposite, occasional spots and smudges. Contemporary very dark green straight-grain calf, gilt spine, a.e.g., blue marbled endpapers, pink ribbon bookmark bound in. Rubbed, some chips to spine, joints, endcaps and corners worn, a few scratches. Very good overall. Ownership inscription, 'Guil. M. Johnson, A.M.', in an old hand to preliminary blank. Cornelius Bayley (17511812) first published this Hebrew grammar in 1778, and received the honorary degree of doctor of divinity from the University of Aberdeen for his efforts. His work as the first incumbent of St James's Church, Manchester drew a large congregation and his facility for Hebrew was greatly admired. A second edition of An Entrance into the Sacred Language appeared after Bayley's death. ESTC T92130   Ref: 51737 
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Bellori, Giovanni Pietro: Veterum Illustrium Philosophorum Poetarum Rhetorum et Oratorum Imagines Ex vetustis Nummis, Gemmis, Hermis, Marmoribus aliisque Antiquis Monumentis desumptæ. Romæ [Rome]: Apud Io. Iacobum de Rubeis ad templum S. Mariæ de Pace suis sumptibus, & cura, cum priu 1685. First edition, three parts in one. Folio, pp.[x], [ii], 20, [ii], 16, [ii], 15, [i] + frontispiece (bound after the title-page in this copy), 92 numbered plates plus portrait Asclepiades of Prusa (a.k.a. Asclepiades of Bithynia) at rear, which is missing in most copies. Separate engraved title-page to each part, some woodcut initials. A little light foxing mostly affecting text, faint stain to plate 70. Contemporary vellum, title nicely inked to spine in an old hand, edges coloured yellow. Vellum darkened and a little marked, upper board bowing slightly, remains of a small paper label to upper board, corners and endcaps a little worn. Blindstamp of Neatham Mill Library to rear free endpaper. A few pencilled booksellers notes to (slightly grubby) ffep. Bellori (c.1616-1696) made his name as an antiquarian, art theorist and biographer and served from 1670 until his death as Pope Clement X's Commissioner of Antiquities of Rome. His most famous work, the essay 'The Idea of the Painter, Sculptor and Architect' is widely considered the definitive seventeenth-century statement of classical artistic theory. From 1680 onwards he worked for Queen Christine of Sweden during her exile in Rome, first of all helping her to assemble her collection of drawings and medals and then later as her librarian. Veterum Illustrium... reflects the central interest in archaeology that Bellori held towards the end of his life.   Ref: 51592 
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Berington, Joseph: The History of the Reign of Henry the Second, and of Richard and John, his Sons; with the Events of the Period, from 1154 to 1216. In which the Character of Thomas a Becket is vindicated from the Attacks of George Lord Lytttelton. Basil: printed and sold by J.J. Tourneisen, 1793. 3 vols., 8vo., pp.xl, 304; vi, 312; vi, 279, [ixx]. A little sporadic foxing slightly heavier towards front and rear of each volume, occasional light ink spots. Slightly later half marbled calf, beige morocco gilt labels to spines, marbled paper-covered boards. Lightly rubbed, edges a bit worn, corners fraying but very good overall. Ownership inscription 'Wulff' to ffep each volume, the first dated December 1860. Also to ffep of the first volume, a note in an old but indecipherable hand. First published in 1790. ESTC N7467   Ref: 48525 
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(Bernard, Richard:) A Short View of the Prelatical Church [laid open in ten sections by way of quere and petition to the high and honourable Court of Parliament, the several heads whereof are set down in the next two pages. Written a little before the fall of that hierarchie, about the year 1641, by Iohn Ba [London: s.n.], [1661]. Pamphlet, 4to., pp.44. Lacks a four-leaf gathering to the front (though the text itself is complete). Wood-cut initials and head- and tail-pieces. Toned front and rear, some spots and smudges, small loss to lower corner margin of first leaf. Usually found bound with a second work, The Anatomie of the Common Prayer-Book, but here disbound and alone. Paper label from the Congregational Library of London's Pamphlet Room to head of first leaf, obscuring the top of the woodcut head-piece but not affecting text. In an old hand, 'abusively' added next to the printed title, and 'Rogues' crossed through. Usually ascribed to Richard Bernard (bap. 1568, d. 1642), but also to John Bernard, minister of Batcomb, and John Bernard, Presbyterian (cf. Green, E.Bib. Somersetensis, 1902, v.2, p. 165). Often bound with The Anatomie of the Common Prayer-Book (1661), which has separate dated title page, pagination, and register, and was also published separately in the same year as Wing B1996. ESTC R17815; Wing (2nd ed.) B2034   Ref: 51778 
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Blackmore, Richard: Prince Arthur. An Heroick Poem. In ten books. London: Printed for Awnsham and John Churchil, 1695. First edition. Folio, pp. [xx], 296. Title within plain borders. A few light smudges, but internally bright and clean. Near-contemporary speckled calf, raised bands, paper label to second compartment with title inked in an old hand, blind tooled borders, edges sprinkled red. Loss to headcap, joints worn, calf split at upper joint but cords holding firm, a few light scuffs, edges worn, top corners bumped and fraying, endpapers split at hinges, patch of skinning to front paste-down likely fron the removal of a bookplate. A very good copy. Small library code inked to front paste-down. The first edition (the second followed the same year, and included an idex) of Richard Blackmore's (1654-1729) celebration of William III in the form of an epic based on The Aeneid using historical material from Geoffrey of Monmouth. King William rewarded Blackmore with the post of physician-in-ordinary. Blackmore was less successful with other poets, and is the target of particular scorn from Pope in The Dunciad and other satires. ESTC R23258.   Ref: 51084 
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Blondel, David: (Davies, J., tr.:) A Treatise of the Sibyls, so highly celebrated, as well by the Antient Heathens, as the Holy Fathers of the Church; giving an accompt of the Names, and Number of the Sibyls, of their Qualities, the Form and Matter of their Verses; as also of the Books now Extant under their Names, and the Errours crept into Christian Religion, from the Impostures contained therein London, Printed by T[homas] R[oycroft] for the Authour, 1661. First edition thus. Small folio in 4s, pp. [iv], 293, [vii]. Some decorative intitials and head-pieces. Gutter between signatures A and B rather dusty, a few tiny scorchmarks and smudges scattered through, tip of bottom fore-edge corner torn from penultimate leaf but text unaffected. Contemporary brown sprinkled calf, raised bands, later brown gilt label to spine, blind-tooled borders and vertical line, edges lightly sprinkled red. Rubbed, joints cracking but binding holding firm, fairly deep horizontal scratch to upper board, a few small repairs to corners and edges, very good. Signature of 'Robe. Michell' in an old hand to head of p.1, small MS note and a little underlining to p.92. First English edition of this historical attack on the Sibylline Oracles, Judeo-Christian forgeries of ancient pagan prophesies which were traditionally seen in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance to foretell the coming of Christ. The Protestant clergyman and historian David Blondel (1591-1655) published this work in French, in 1649, and in the following year succeeded G.J. Vossius in the chair of history at the University of Amsterdam. Wing B 3220. ESTC R38842   Ref: 51140 
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[Book of Common Prayer] Book of Common Prayer and Administration of the Sacraments and Other Rites and Ceremonies of the Church, According to the Use of the Church of England Together with the Psalter or Psalms of David, Pointed as they are to be Sung or Said in Churches. London: Engraven and Printed by the Permission of Mr Baskett, Printer to the King's most Excellent M 1717. 8vo., pp.xxii, 166, [ii]. Silverplate engraving throughout, with ornate borders, initials and decorations, and copious illustrations. Volvelle to p.v, single-page publisher's list to rear. Faint toning, volvelle repaired at point of attachment but functional. Recent brown morocco, raised bands, gilt spine with title, a.e.g., very good. 'The effect is harsh and dazzling in the extreme, and surely none but the most enthusiastic devotee ever yet prayed to heaven from the text of Sturt's prayer-book.' (Dibdin, Bibliographical Decameron p.116) Generally considered the most spectacular of Sturt's productions, the entire text is engraved rather than typeset, and is lavishly ornamented. Sturt (16581730) specialised in miniature work and was renowned for having engraved the Lord's Prayer in the space of a silver halfpenny and the Creed within that of a penny. Here his frontispiece portrait of King George I showcases this skill, being composed of the Creed, the Lord's Prayer, the Ten Commandments, a prayer for the royal family, and Psalm 21, all inscribed in lines of tiny characters across the King's profile. The overall effect disquiets Dibdin to a degree this cataloguer cannot recall seeing before, as he describes the miniscule text 'running horizontally and directly across the physiognomy of his Majesty. These sacred parts of our Liturgy were perhaps never before so unpicturesquely introduced.' He recovers his composure though, and admires the book's visual impact if not its practicality: 'The effect is harsh and dazzling in the extreme, and surely none but the most enthusiastic devotee ever yet prayed to heaven from the text of Sturt's prayer-book.' (Dibdin, Bibliographical Decameron p.116) Five variants are listed by the ESTC, this copy being that with a cherub-filled border to page v, and no numeral in the head margin. ESTC T141241   Ref: 51511  show full image..
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