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[Martial] Martialis, Marcus Valerius: (Farnaby, Thomas, ed.:) Epigrammata. Amsterdami: apud Joannem Jonssonium, 1645. 12mo., pp. [xii], 456. Woodcut device to title-page. Slightly foxed throughout, occasional light spots and smudges. Slightly later vellum, gilt title within border to spine, all edges coloured red. Vellum a litlte greyed with a few smudgy marks, some pencilled numbers to front endpapers. A good, sound copy. Thomas Farnaby (1574/5–1647) was a celebrated schoolteacher and grammarian. 'The success of his establishment allowed Farnaby to devote himself to a long-held obsession: the systemization of the grammatical principles of classical Latin and Greek in print. Commencing with the satires of Juvenal and Persius (1612), he annotated many of the classical authors—Seneca, Martial, Lucan, Ovid, Virgil, and Terence—in a manner intended to render their works intelligible to schoolboys [...] He also corresponded with the Dutch intellectuals Gerardus Johannes Vossius and Daniel Heinsius, both of whom acknowledged their own debts to his learning.' (ODNB) His edition of Martial first appeared in London in 1615.   Ref: 51881 
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Maximus of Tyre: Dissertationes, ex recensione Ioannes Davisii [...] editio altera, ad duos codices mss. locis quamplurimis emendata, notisque locupletioribus aucta. Cui accesserunt viri eruditissimi, Ier. Marklandi [...] annotationes. Londini, excudit Gulielmus Bowyer, 1740. 4to. pp. 17, [v], 727, [ix]. Light foxing throughout, some old underlining and marginal annotations in Greek. Contemporary biscuit calf, spine gilt in compartments, brown morocco label, marbled endpapers, somewhat rubbed and scratched, some wear to spine ends, joint ends cracking but strong. Ownership inscription of C.D.N. Costa (1970) and older ink inscription to verso of f.f.e.p., a variety of old page-reference notes in Greek to rear endpapers (mostly crossed through). The valuable second edition to John Davies' recension of the the second century Platonist Maximus of Tyre (originally published 1703), it contains revisions by Jeremiah Markland. The work comes from a curious publisher, which was in fact a literary society, the 'Societas ad Literas Promovendas'. It had as another of its printers the novelist Samuel Richardson and its publications included biological science, ancient and modern (Alexander Stuart, 'Dissertatio de structura et motu musculari', 1738; Aelian, 'De natura animalium', 1744), and a noted historical bibliography, the 'Bibliotheca Britannica Hibernica' of Thomas Tanner (1748). Dibdin (4th edn.) II 233. ESTC T98324.   Ref: 42509 
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Mayr, Georgius: Institutiones Linguae Hebraicae in sex partes distributae. Lugduni [Lyon]: Sumptibus Antonii Iullieron. 1649. 8vo., pp. [viii] 463 [i]. Printed in Hebrew and Roman characters. Some browning and spotting. Contemporary calf, spine in six compartments with raised bands, rebacked preserving original gilt-decorated compartments and red morocco label, now somewhat darkened, boards flaked but since polished, corners renewed. Old ownership inscription to title of 'J. Thompson'(?). The major work of the Jesuit linguist Georg Mayr, a successful grammar of the Hebrew language for use by Christian hebraists. It followed the popular grammar of the same title by Robert Bellarmine (1578 et seq.), Mayr's teacher, and Mayr explains that Jesuit duties had prevented Bellarmine from achieving what he might have. Clearly there was a demand for new and improved Hebrew grammars, since Mayr's work, first published in 1616, was reprinted in 1622 and again in this edition of 1649.   Ref: 28113  show full image..
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Melvil, James: (Scott, George, ed.:) The Memoires of Sir James Melvil of Hal-hill: Containing an impartial account of the most remarkable Affairs of State during the Sixteenth Century, not mentioned by other Historians; [...] Now published from the original Manuscript, by George Scott, Gent. London: printed by E.H. for Robert Boulter, 1683. Folio, pp. [xvi], 204, [xxviii]. A little worming almost all of which is marginal but which just occasionally touches the text, occasional faint marks. Contemporary very dark brown mottled calf rebacked in lighter calf, gilt spine with label, top corners repaired., edges sprinkled red. Rubbed, joints creased with split just starting to tail of upper, small hole to first compartment, some surface loss to boards. Three labels pasted to front paste-down: the first a large plain T; the second an ornate V surmounted by a crown; the third the armorial bookplate of Gilmour of Lundin and Montrave. Another armorial bookplate, of Sir Wlliam Gordon of Inver-Gordon, to title-page verso. ESTC notes 'at least' two states, this being the first listed in which p. 26 & 31 are numbered correctly and p. 65 & 128 are misnumbered 67 & 118 respectively. Melvil's (1535-1617) grandson George Scott based this work on Melvils' Memoirs of my own Life, a manuscript of which was discovered at Edinburgh Castle in 1660. Some historians doubt the authenticity of Scott's edition, citing errors in editing and the suppression of some of the English government's more sinister dealings prior to Mary's condemnation. ESTC R201   Ref: 51141 
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Methodius of Olympus, Saint: Episcopi et Martyris Convivium Decem Virginum. Leo Allatius haectenus non editum primus Graece vulgavit, Latine vertit, notas & diatribam de Methodiorum scriptis adiecit. Romæ [Rome]: Typis S. Congreg. de Propaganda Fide, 1656. 8vo., pp. [xvi], 435, [xiii]. Text in Greek and Latin. Printer's device of an elaborate bee on title page and p.386, initials and tailpieces. Some light foxing, a few small marginal holes not affecting text. Contemporary vellum, ink title to spine, edges mottled red. Spine slightly darkened, boards marked, a few surface wormholes, endpapers rumpled and dusted. Armorial bookplate to front paste down, ownership inscription of Michaëlis Angeli Giacomelli to f.f.e.p. verso. Booksellers notes pencilled to f.f.e.p., 'Autograph of M.A. Giacomelli, Archbishop of Chalcedon, with his bookplate'. Embossed armorial stamp to title page. The first complete edition of Methodius's 'The Banquet of Virgins' - selections had been published in 1644 at Paris - by the church father Saint Methodius, bishop of Olympus and then Tyre. Several of his other works survive as fragments, with this one, written around 300 AD and popular through the rest of late antiquity, the only one known in its entirety. A stylistic imitation of Plato's Symposium, except that the participants, a group of ten virgins, praise the state of virginity instead of love. The text is published in Greek with a parallel Latin translation.   Ref: 46400 
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Molloy, Charles: De Jure Maritimo et Navali: or, a Treatise of Affairs Maritime, and of Commerce. In Three Books. The Eighth Edition, with Many Valuable Additions. London: printed for John Walthoe, 1744. 8vo., pp. [ii], xvii [i.e.xv], [iii], 505, xli + double-page frontispiece. Occasional foxing, some toning to frontispieces and towards edges. A little worming to first 4 leaves, becoming two small holes then dwindling to one until approx. halfway through. Contemporary brown calf with blind-tooled border. Spine very worn with endcaps lost, joints repaired, area of surface loss at top corner of upper board and other corners fraying, rubbed, inner hinge reinforced with cloth tape, endpapers (apart from ffep) renewed. Worn, but a good, sound copy. Molloy (1645/6–1690) an Irish lawyer and writer on law, 'wrote an extensive treatise on maritime law, De jure maritime et navali, or, A treatise of affaires maritime, and of commerce (1676), which also dealt with naval and military discipline and the prize jurisdiction of the Admiralty. It was a popular work because it catered for the needs of lawyers, and went through many editions. The tenth edition was published in 1778.' (ODNB) ESTC T96880   Ref: 50656 
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Morell, Thomas: Thesaurus Graecae Poeseos; Sive, Lexicon Graeco-Prosodiacum; versus, et synonyma, (tam ad Explicationem vocabulorum, quam ad compositionem poeticam pertinentia) epitheta, phrases, descriptiones, &c. (Ad modum Latini Gradus ad Parnassum) Complectens [...]. Etonae (Eton): Ex Typographia, et Impensis Josephi Pote, Bibliopolae [...] 1762. First edition. Large 4to, pp. [ii], iv, 4, 51, [i], [1145], 12 + 1 plate. With frontispiece of Morell engraved by James Basire from a drawing by William Hogarth, but lacking half-title (with bookseller's catalogue to verso). Title page in red and black with engraved vignette. Light sporadic foxing, some leaves a little yellowed. Slightly later half dark brown calf with marbled paper-covered boards, neatly rebacked with spine piece retained, raised bands, gilt title to spine, corners reinforced, edges sprinkled reddish brown. Rubbed, some loss of surface pattern to marbled paper, edges worn, endpapers a little dusty with short closed tear to ffep but sound and a very good copy overall. Bookplate (of the Stanley family, Earls of Derby) to front paste-down. In an old hand to ffep verso, '(Innes?) Library' followed by a shelfmark. First edition of a lexicon designed to aid the writing of poetry in ancient Greek, prefaced by an essay on prosody. The achievements of the author, the old Etonian Thomas Morell (1703-1784), also included the writing of libretti for Handel's oratorios (he produced the lines "See the Conquering Hero Comes"). Morell is depicted in Hogarth's frontispiece with organ pipes in the background. ESTC T98743; Graesse IV p. 605n   Ref: 50365 
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Nash, Treadway Russell: Collections for the History of Worcestershire; [bound with] Supplement. [London]: Printed by John Nichols. Sold by T. Payne and Son, J. Robson, B. White, Leigh and Sotheby, 1781-2; 1799. Folio, pp. [iv], xcii, 609, [i] + 56 plates; [iv], 484, clxviii, 32, [x] + 62 plates. Vol.II plate count includes 39 plates as called for, plus extra plates. Those listed by Upcott as follows: portrait frontispiece and engraved title; portrait of Johannes Hough facing p.clvi; pedigree of Percy facing p.318; pedigree of Foley facing p.464. An additional leaf facing p.222 with a portrait of Edwin Sandes and the same vignette as the title-page, and a plan of Worcester facing p.cvii not mentioned by Upcott. Volume II also contains 13 facsimile Domesday plates with red initials, 2 engraved dedications and a single-leaf supplement to the Talbot pedigree, which the author initially suggests should be bound in volume I. A Throgmorton pedigree is also mentioned but is not present. The pedigrees of Lowe (p.94) and Wilson (p.318) are each followed by a short supplement with additional information about those families. Some pedigrees are called for in the list of plates but are in fact printed leaves, i.e.: vol.I,Bromley of Holt is p.595; vol.II, Kyre is p.71. Some additional illustrations in the text. Frontispiece map a bit creased, with a repair to verso. A few short marginal tears, plus 2 larger closed tears, both to vol.I, as follows: 5P2, affecting text but with no loss; Vernon pedigree facing p.549, long tear along one fold. To vol.II: the pedigrees of Sandes, Percy and Foley all worn along centre folds with small holes; leaf L loosening. Occasional wax spots, smudges and faint marginal dampstains. A few plates causing offset toning to facing page of text. Contemporary quarter calf, gilt titles to spines, marbled boards and endpapers, edges uncut. Very worn and deteriorated, spines very rubbed with loss to endcaps, boards edges fraying, joints cracked but cords holding firm. An internally very good copy with interesting additions, in an early but extremely tired binding. A single folded sheet is loosely inserted, showing a shield and titled 'Supplement to the Worcester Herald, Saturday December 31st 1859'. Ownership inscription of William Lilly, Wichbold Court, to front of each volume. The Lill[e]ys were gentlemen farmers at Wychbold in the parish of Dodderhill for seven generations. 'Charles Lyttelton's bequest to the Society of Antiquaries of the manuscripts of Thomas Habington and William Thomas aroused Nash's interest in Worcestershire's history. He offered £300 or £400 to open a subscription for their publication, but was persuaded by Richard Gough to undertake that task himself. He was elected FSA on 18 February 1773 and agreed to prepare the manuscripts for press, bring them up to date, and submit them for the society's approval for publication at his expense. He emphasized that he aimed only to publish Collections for a History of Worcestershire, but despite Gough's guidance even this was more troublesome and expensive than he had anticipated. He was demanding of his collaborators, who included John Brooke, Thomas Percy, and George Rose, keeper of the exchequer records, and was impatient at the slow progress and cost of printing by John Nichols. The Collections, published in two folio volumes in 1781 and 1782, was unusual in containing a facsimile of Domesday Book entries and many engravings, mostly by James Ross (1745–1821) of Worcester. The work's limitations drew lukewarm reviews, but its merits have since been increasingly appreciated. Nash suffered financial loss and even by 1799, when he published a long-promised supplement, at least 288 of the original 750 copies remained unsold. An Index was published by the Worcestershire Historical Society in 1894–5.' (ODNB) ESTC T87480 & N37422; Upcott 1330-7   Ref: 51789 
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Nicolson, William: The English Historical Library: Or, a Short View and Character of most of the Writers now Extant, either in Print or Manuscript; Which may be Serviceable to the Undertakers of a General History of this Kingdom; Part II. Giving a Catalogue of the most of our Ecclesiastical Historian London: printed for Abel Swall and T. Child; Abel Swall; Timothy Childe; T. Childe, 1696; 1697; 1699; 1702. First editions. 4 vols., 8vo., pp. [xxxiv], 232, [viii]; [iv], li, [i], 233, [vii]; [iv], xxvii, [i], 315, [v]; [ii], 4, xxxix, [i], 376. Final advertisement leaf to vol. I, all with the usual errors in pagination. Occasional light dampstaining and spotting, heavier to vol.II; vol.III toned from gathering Q onwards, with printing flaw to both sides of H7 resulting in a blank 8mm-wide vertical stripe; vol. IV, first 3 leaves loosened from centre to tail edge. Uniformly bound in contemporary brown blind-panelled calf, burgundy gilt morocco labels to spines, edges sprinkled red. Rubbed and dried with some surface loss, most joints beginning to crack at head and tail, vols. I and III endcaps fraying. Unsophisticated contemporary bindings, tired but sound and still good overall. Ownership inscription of Martin Bowes to each front paste-down. Nicolson (1655–1727) was Bishop of Carlisle and then Derry, and was an enthusiastic collector of manuscripts. '[H]is most important work was his English Historical Library, published in 1696–9, a comprehensive bibliography of printed and manuscript materials on English history, compiled with a patriotic as well as a scholarly purpose. The work was also infused with a vigorous wit, which made austere commentators suspicious, and there were inevitably errors, which exposed Nicolson to the criticism that he was hasty and sometimes slapdash in his scholarship. He then turned his attention northwards, and in 1702 produced a Scottish Historical Library (1702). Much later, when he was domiciled in Ireland, there followed an Irish Historical Library (1724), though this was seriously marred by his manifest ignorance of the Irish language. The three works were reprinted together in a compendium volume in 1736.' (ODNB) ESTC R9263, R470729, R16077, T56136; Wing N 1146, 1147, 1148 (1st 3 vols.); Lowndes 1691   Ref: 51710 
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Nonius Marcellus; Fulgentius, Fabius Planciades: (Godefroy, Denis, ed.:) [De compendiosa doctrina &] De Proprietate Sermonum. Nunc denuo innumeris locis restituti, & locupletati. Parisiis [Paris]: Apud Hieronymum de Marnef, & Viduam Gulmi Cavellat, 1586. 8vo., pp. [viii] 680 [xxxvi]. Tiny marginal wormhole, once or twice touching a letter in printed marginalia, neat paper repairs to blank corners of first 2 and last 8 leaves, some other corners just a little chipped, some light spotting and browning. Contemporary limp vellum, neatly recased with new cords and endpapers, new ties, edges renewed in places, somewhat darkened. A collection of works attributed to the 3rd/4th-century grammarian Nonius Marcellus and the 5th/6th-century writer Fabius Planciades Fulgentius (whose grammatical writings owe much to Nonius Marcellus). Marcellus's work, known as the 'De compendiosa doctrina', contains 12 chapters on grammar and 8 chapters on other subjects including food, costume, and navigation. Fulgentius's work, usually called the 'Expositio sermonum antiquorum', is an explanation of obscure words. The editor, Denis Godefroy, was a French jurist who circulated between Geneva, Strassburg, and Heidelberg as war and persecution demanded. Among his other works he produced a new and important edition of the 'Corpus Iuris Civilis'. Schweiger II 372, 618.   Ref: 24002  show full image..
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