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Seneca (the Younger): Publilius Syrus: (Haverkamp, Syvert & Preiger, Abraham, eds.:) [...] Singulares Sententiae centum aliquot versibus ex codd. Pall. & Frising. auctae & correctae, studio & opera Jani Gruteri. cum notis ejusdem recognitis & castigatis. accedunt ejusdem notae postumae ut & nova versio Graeca Josephi Scaligeri [...] nunc primum ex utriusque aut Lugduni Batavorum [Leiden]: apud Johannem du Vivie, 1708. 8vo., pp. [xxviii], 569, [v]. Additional engraved title-page, title-page in red and black with engraved vignette, woodcut head- and tail-pieces. Sporadic light foxing, evidence in gutter preceeding engraved title of presentation certificate removal. Contemporary vellum prize binding, gilt spine with red morocco label, gilt crest of The Hague to each board, edges sprinkled red. Spine label a little chipped, some greyish marks, boards slightly bowed, top edge dusty. Bookplate of Maurice B. Worms to front paste-down, possibly Maurice Benedict de Worms (1805-67), an Austrian plantation owner descended from the Rothschild family. Modern ink inscription to f.f.e.p., 'A.S.B. from A.J.C. Easter mcmlx'. Taken from works including De Moribus, these writings are now attributed to 'Pseudo-Seneca'. Containing 'some notes of Scaliger and Gruter... The engraved frontispiece, representing the subjects of the several plays, is very spiritedly executed.' (Dibdin). Dibdin II, 398   Ref: 48985 
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Seneca, Lucius Annaeus: (Farnaby, Thomas, ed:) Tragoediae, cum notis Thom. Farnabii. Amstelodami [Amsterdam]: Apud Joannem Janssonium, 1643. 12mo., pp. 371, [i]. Paper flaw to one leaf (I10) affecting a few words of notes and one or two of text. A little light spotting, fore-edge of title page gently rumpled. Contemporary vellum boards, long sides overlapping, spine lettered in ink, just lightly soiled, remains of an old paper label to spine and front pastedown, corner of r.f.e.p. torn away. Library stamp of the Grosherzogliche Bibliothek, Neustrelitz to verso of title page and old ownership inscription of George Auguste to recto, a few early ink notes to endpapers. A pleasant pocket edition of Farnaby's edition of Seneca, which had been first published in 1613.   Ref: 42392 
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Seneca, Lucius Annaeus: (Gronovius, Joannes Fredericus, ed.:) Tragoediae, cum notis Johannis Frederici Gronovii. Auctis ex chirographo ejus et variis aliorum. Amstelodami [Amsterdam]: Ex officina Henrici et viduae Theodori Boom, 1682. 8vo., pp. [lx], 785, [xxxix], including engraved title-page. A few woodcut initials, one engraved numismatic illustration. Occasional annotations in an old hand, a little light foxing. Contemporary blind-panelled calf, neatly rebacked with tan gilt spine label, edges sprinkled red. Rubbed, corners worn, endpapers toned and free endpapers a little tattered, hinges reinforced. A very good, soundly repaired copy. To front paste-down, inkstamp of R.H. Robbins. To ffep, ownership inscription of (G?) Johnson, Kirk-Heaton (possibly the West Yorkshire village now known as Kirkheaton). The rear paste-down is a piece of binder's waste, printed side down, through which the date 1693 can be discerned. Amsterdam reprint of the third Leiden edition, esteemed by Dibdin as highly as the first (1651) and last (1708) editions on account of Gronovius's notes and its copious index. He describes the engraved title, which depicts the subjects of Seneca's plays, as 'very spiritedly executed'. Dibdin II, 398; Schweiger II, 940   Ref: 51529 
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Seneca, Lucius Annaeus: (Schröder, Joannes Caspar, ed.:) Tragoediae [...] cum notis integris Johannis Frederici Gronovii, et selectis Justi Lipsiii, M. Antonii Delrii, Jani Gruteri, H. Commelini, Josephi Scaligeri, Danielis et Nicolai Heinsiorum, Thomae Farnabii aliorumque; itemque Observationibus nonnullis Hugonis Grotii. Delphis [Delft]: apud Adrianum Beman, 1728. First edition thus. 2 vols in one., 4to, pp. [cxx], 464, [ii], 465-802 [ccxii] + additional engraved title-page. Title-page in red and black, woodcut intials, a few illustrations in the text. Title-page a little toned with further occasional light toning. Recently rebound in half tan calf, a little blind tooling, red gilt title label to spine, marbled boards and endpapers, a.e.g.. Spine a little faded and with a few scratches, otherwise very good indeed. Standard edition of Seneca's tragedies, with also the prefatory discussions from the previous editions, an essay on Seneca's metre, and the fullest glossary to date. The plays of the great Stoic philosopher Seneca (4 BCE - 65 CE) take their themes from Greek tragedies, but also draw particularly on Ovid. They reflect the very particular Stoic theories of psychology, ethics and physics. "A very elaborate and celebrated edition; [...] It is accompanied with a new and excellent index, by Grimsehlius, of almost all the words and phrases of Seneca" (Dibdin); it is also on Dibdin's list of the best quarto variorum editions. Dibdin (4th edn.) II 399, and listed as "best variorum quarto" of Seneca in his qualitative index in the 3rd edn; Schweiger III 941.   Ref: 51783 
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Silius Italicus: De Secundo Bello Punico. Amsterodami [Amsterdam]: Apud Guiljel. Janssonium, 1620. 16mo. in 8's, pp. 279, [i]. Title-page with engraved historiated border. Occasional light stains and smudges. Later parchment over thin boards, black and gilt label to spine, edges sprinkled red. A bit grubby, tiny nick to parchment at head edge, very good. Armorial bookplate of John Peter Fearon (c.1804-73) to front pastedown. 'John Peter Fearon was a distinguished parliamentary lawyer and acted for the major railway companies at that time. He also acted for the Meuse and Sambre railway in Belgium. He was also a Solicitor to the Attorney General in Charity Affairs. He was, among many other matters, also responsible for the drafting of new Charters for New College, Oxford and St Cross, Winchester.' (fearonlaw dot com) Pocket-sized copy of Silius Italicus's (c.28 – c.103) only surviving work, the 17-book Punica, an epic poem about the Second Punic War. Schweiger 955   Ref: 51724 
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Silius Italicus; Statius, Publius Papinius: De Secundo Bello Punico. [Bound with:] [Opera] denuo ac serio emendatus. Amsterodami [Amsterdam: ] Apud Guilielmum Ianss. Caesium, [Ioan. Ianssonium,] 1624; 1628. 16mo., pp. 279, [i]; [ii], 356, [iv] (title-page in each work engraved). Title-page of first work partly hand-coloured in yellow. Lightly toned, a couple of small spots. Contemporary vellum boards, long sides overlapping, soiled. Ownership inscription of Matthew Porterius dated 1880 to f.f.e.p. The text of Statius, according to Graesse, is corrected from the papers of Daniel Heinsius, while the Silius Italicus reprints the text as edited by Hermann von dem Busche.   Ref: 43827 
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Solerius Cemeliensis, Anselmus (pseud.) [Raynaud, Theophile]: De Pileo, Caeterisque Capitis Tegminibus Tam Sacris, Quàm Profanis. Amstelodami [Amsterdam]: sumptibus Andreae Frisii, 1671. 12mo, pp. [xii], 379, [xxxix] + 4 plates, including 3 folding. Engraved title-page and second title-page with vignette, both part of first gathering. Many engraved illustrations, several of which occupy a full page. Bound without final blank, occasional light spots and smudges but generally clean internally. Recently rebound in dark brown calf, raised bands and brown gilt title label to spine, blind-tooled frame with corner tools to each board, endpapers renewed. Spine a little faded, very good indeed. A curious work on hats and headgear, pseudonymously published by the French Jesuit theologian Theophile Raynaud (1583-1663). The engraved title-page is signed by Romeyn de Hooghe; one folded plate is signed by Cornelis Galle.   Ref: 51878 
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Spelman, Henry: Glossarium Archaiologicum: Continens Latino-Barbara, Peregrina, Obsoleta, & Novatæ Significationis Vocabula; Quæ post labefactatas a Gothis, Vandalisque res Europæas, in ecclesiasticis, profanisque scriptoribus; variarum item gentium legibus antiquis municipalibus, chartis, & Londini: excudebat Tho. Braddyll, & prostant apud Georg. Pawlett, & Guil. Freeman [...] 1687. Third edition. Folio, pp. [xxii], 576 + engraved portrait frontispiece. Title-page in red and black, woodcut initials, head- and tail-pieces, double-column text. Dampstain to gutter from preliminary blanks to first leaf of text, occasional light patchy toning, a few faint ink blots. Later 18th-century brown, lightly diced calf recently rebacked in goatskin with raised bands, black and gilt morocco title label. Gilt borders and armorial centrepiece to each board, all edges coloured yellow, marbled endpapers reinforced with cloth at hinges. Spine very slightly rubbed at head and tail, board edges worn and chipped, a little light crackling to surface, corners frayed. A very good copy, with interesting provenance. Armorial bookplate of Rugby School to ffep. Armorial gilt stamps to boards and bookplate to front paste-down, all of Sir Simon Richard Brissett Taylor, 2nd Baronet of Lysson Hall, Jamaica (1783-1815). He was nephew and heir to Simon Taylor (1740-1813), planter and slave owner who was at the time of his death one of the richest and most powerful men in Jamaica. Uncle and nephew were very close; an enormous amount of correspondence between the two still exists and is now housed at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies (University of London). Simon R.B. Taylor's library was eventually auctioned by R.H. Evans on 3rd June 1833. This setting of the title-page has 'auctior' in the edition statement and the second line of imprint ends 'Free-'. Another setting has 'auctor', and the second line of the imprint ends 'Freeman;'. Sir Henry Spelman (1563/4–1641), celebrated historian and antiquary, published the first part of this work (covering the letters A-L) in 1626 as Archaeologus. He had moved to London in 1612 and found himself part of an encouraging community of fellow scholars such as John Selden and in particular Sir Robert Cotton, whose extensive library he was allowed to use. Spelman's work required him to make sense of the meaning and usage of historic terminology used by the church and in common law, particularly Latin and Anglo-Saxon terms. It was this need that prompted him to begin work on what was to eventually become Archaeologus. Publication of the work, for which Spelman bore the full cost, was encouraged by a number of scholars including Peiresc, to whom Spelman sent samples prior to its release. The finished glossary 'encompassed the study of the usages, offices, ranks, ceremonies, and rules in the medieval church and law in the context of the words used in Europe' (ODNB). A great deal of Spelman's work remained incomplete or unpublished at the time of his death in 1641. William Dugdale (1605–1686), who had met Spelman in 1638, completed and saw to the publication of the remainder of the glossary, which first appeared as Glossarium Archaiologicum in 1664. ESTC R10264; Wing S4926   Ref: 51877 
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Spencer, Nathaniel, pseud. [Sanders, Robert]: The Complete English Traveller; or, a new survey and description of England and Wales. Containing A full Account of whatever is Curious and Entertaining In The Several Counties of England and Wales, The Isles of Man, Jersey, Guernsey, And other Islands adjoining to, and dependant o London: printed for J. Cooke, 1771. First edition. Folio, pp. iv, [iv], 696, [xii] + engraved frontispiece, 3 folding engraved maps, 57 engraved copper plates. 11cm closed tear to the largest map, fortunately only affecting the 'Northern Ocean' and stopping at the coast. Final 4 leaves repaired, the last 2 extensively, though the text remains legible. Occasional spots and smudges, some pale ink blots, a little light dampstaining to top corner of first few leaves. Contemporary calf, rebacked, red gilt morocco spine label. Endcaps very worn, upper joint splitting, rubbed, corners wearing, endpapers renewed. Earlier repairs beginning to deteriorate, but still a good, sound copy. Large armorial bookplate of Major Philip E. Back to front paste-down. 'Sanders (c.1727–1783), a writer and compiler of biographies, actually began his career as an apprentice comb maker. His passion for reading consumed his free time, and coupled with an extraordinary memory meant that he could spend his nights studying Latin, Greek, Hebrew, mathematics, and history. He moved to London in about 1760 and made his living there as a hack writer. After about four years in the capital he began compiling criminal biographies; these were first published in numbers, and then as The Newgate Journal, or, Malefactor's Bloody Register (5 vols., 1773). He was employed by George Lyttelton, first Baron Lyttelton in 1769 to correct for the press the third edition of his History of the Life of King Henry II. Sanders published The Complete English Traveller under the pseudonym 'Nathaniel Spencer', issuing it in 60 weekly numbers. A hefty travel guide, it was based partly on his own experience but was also informed by the travel writings of John Ray, Daniel Defoe and John Pennant. 'Sanders, who had a wife and five children to support, was always impoverished; he was described by the bookseller Henry Lemoine as 'one of the sons of misfortune, who, with a share of learning that might have entitled a less voluminous writer to a name among the literati, never emerged from obscurity' (GM, 311).' (ODNB) ESTC T124249   Ref: 50828 
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Statius, Publius Papinius: Opera, ex recensione, et cum notis I Frederici Gronovii. Venetiis [Venice: ] Apud Nicolaum Pezzana, 1712. 12mo., pp. 431, [i] (title-page engraved). A little light spotting, large but faint dampstain to final leaves, title-page laid down. Contemporary vellum boards, brass clasps mounted on vellum tabs, edges sprinkled red and blue, lightly soiled. Old ownership inscription to front pastedown (partly rubbed out). A scarce edition: COPAC locates one copy, in Oxford, while Worldcat adds four in the USA, three in Germany, and one in Switzerland.   Ref: 43831 
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