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Lucian of Samosata: (Benedictus, J., ed.:) [...] Opera Omnia in Duos Tomos Divisa. Salmurii [Saumur], Ex Typis Pietri Piededii, 1619. First edition thus. 2 vols., 8vo., pp. [xx] 1078 (recte 1122) [xxxiv]; [viii] 1114 [xlviii]. A few closed marginal tears, early leaves a little brittle at edges, occasional minor staining. Contemporary vellum, ink titles to spines, Yapp sides, edges spinkled red. A little soiled particularly at spines, endcaps creased, some smudges and candle wax spots. A few handwritten notes to preliminary blanks. The works of the 2nd century Greek "belletrist and wit" (OCD) Lucian of Samosata. The text stands out from previous printings for being newly improved with conjectures and manuscript collations; Schweiger thought the result "quite correct", although Dibdin, perhaps idiosyncratically, held the opposite view. Dibdin (4th edn.) II 192-193. Schweiger I 193.   Ref: 46578  show full image..
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Lucian of Samosata: (Dindorf, Wilhelm, ed.:) Opera. Lipsiae [Leipzig]: Bernhard Tauchnitz, 1858. 3 vols., 8vo., ppxxiv, 344; xix, [i], 428; xvi, 392. Toned (edges and endpapers particularly affected), very occasional pencil annotations, vol.III foxed and with 40mm tear to r.f.e.p.. Contemporary half red textured cloth, gilt spines, marbled paper-covered boards. Spines a little sunned, scuffed but entirely sound, very good. A Tauchnitz stereo-type edition.   Ref: 48695 
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[Lucian of Samosata] Lucianus: (Hemsterhuis, Tiberius; Gesner, Johann Matthias; Reitz, Johan Frederik; Reitz, Conrad, eds.:) [...] Luciani Samosatensis Opera. [...] Cum Nova Versione Tiber. Hemsterhusii, & Io. Matthiae Gesneri [...] Cuius priorem partem summo studio curavit & illustravit Tiberius Hemsterhusius. [...] notasque suas adiecit Ioannes Fredericus Reitzius. Amstelodami [Amsterdam]: Sumptibus Jacobi Wetstenii; trajecti ad Rhenum (Utrecht): ex typographia He 1743; 1743; 1743; 1746. 4 vols. (3 vols. Opera + later Index vol.), 4to., pp. [x], LXXII, 882 + 1 plate; [iv], 953, [i]; [iv], 860; [viii], XVI, 500, [iv]. Index volume lacks gathering 4D, and has the 'Index Criticus' bound before the main text (rather than its usual place at the rear). Half-titles to vols. I-III, title-pages in red and black with engraved printer's devices except vol.IV which has a woodcut decoration. Woodcut initials, engraved head- and tail-pieces, occasional illustrations in the text. Parallel columns of Greek text and Latin translation, Latin footnotes. Some light foxing mostly restricted to front and rear, occasional dustiness to some head margins and final leaves, a little toning to Index vol. around text, to vol.III a slight separation between gatherings A and B. Contemporary vellum, titles inked to spines, raised bands, boards blindstamped, edges heavily sprinkled red. Light smudgy marks and a few small stains, lower corner of vol. III's upper board curved inwards a little but a very good, attractive set. Bound uniformly with our stock number 51574, Burmann's Virgil (1746). To front paste-down of each volume: armorial bookplate of the mathematician Miles Bland (1786–1867); book plate of T.A. Bury. The famous three-volume edition of Lucian by the eminent 18th-century classicist Tiberius Hemsterhuis (1685-1766), together with a fourth volume of indices produced three years later by Conrad Reitz. In 1824 Jacob Geel published a further 66-page volume of Hemsterhusius' annotations which had been supposed to have been burnt, but had in fact been preserved in Leiden public library. 'This is not only the most beautiful, but the most accurate and complete edition of Lucian that has ever been published: the editors were Hemsterhusius, J.M. Gesner, and Reitzius. The greater part of the first volume was particularly the production of Hemsterhusius, and it contains a rich find of the most curious and profound criticism relating to Lucian; the second and third volumes were completed chiefly by J. Reitzius; the fourth volume [...] was compiled by Conrad Reitzius, the brother: Gesner had the care of the Latin version, which is a very excellent one, and accompanied with useful notes. The high character which this edition has long borne in the classical world, makes it unnecessary to give minute description of its contents [...]' (Dibdin). 'Édition la plus estimée de cet auteur' (Brunet). Dibdin (4th edn.) II 193   Ref: 51573 
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[Lucian] Lucien de Samosate: (Talbot, Eugéne, ed.:) Oeuvres Complètes. Traduction nouvelle avec une introduction et des notes [...] Paris: Librairie Hachette et C., 1866 Second edition thus. 2 vols., 8vo., pp. [iv], xxiv, 567, [i]; [iv], 598, [ii]. A little toned towards top edge, occasional spots of foxing with half titles more affected, vol.I title page repaired at gutter. Brown quarter morocco, gilt title to spine, marbled paper-covered boards,edges sprinkled brown. Spines scuffed with a few chips, rubbed, top edges dusty, very good. Bookplate of Dr J.A. van Praag to front paste-down of each volume and his signature to each preliminary blank, dated 9th Oct. 1931, Amsterdam. Ink stamp 'Ex Libris A. Quemper' to each half-title, title, first page and a few pages within.   Ref: 48746 
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Lucretius Carus, Titus: De rerum natura libri sex. Londini (London) in aedibus Ricardi Taylor et socii 1824. 4to, pp. 295 [i]. Printer's vignette to title-page and at colophon. Light foxing in places. Contemporary tan calf, rebacked with old spine relaid, boards ruled in blind and gilt, slightly scratched, patches of surface-loss near bottom edge of lower board, corners worn, marbled edges and endpapers. Prelims (only) creased and starting to loosen at gutter. Gift inscription of Dr Keate to f.f.e.p. Gift inscription of Dr Keate to f.f.e.p. An elegant neoclassical edition, printed by Charles Whittingham, of Lucretius's epicurean poem. It was commissioned by Dr. John Keate (1773-1852), the headmaster and famous flogger at Eton College, as a leaving gift for pupils. Lucretius instructs the reader to use sober reasoning in order to 'see' the world, perhaps the advice Keate thought his departing boys needed.   Ref: 45230 
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Lydius, Jacobus: (Van Til, Saloman, ed.:) Syntagma Sacrum De Re Militari: Nec Non De Jure Jurando Dissertation Philologica. Opus postumumu, & multa eruditione commendatum cum figuris æneis elegantissime incisis, quod nunc primum ex tenebris eruit, notisque illustravit. Salomon van Til. Dordraci [Dordrecht]: apud Cornelium Willegardum Bibliopolam; 'apud Nicolaum Vries' to rear, 1698. First edition. 4to., pp. [xxviii], 338, 56, [xxviii] + 12 plates, 4 of which folding. Additional engraved title-page, woodcut device to title-page and further woodcut head- and tail-pieces and initials, generous margins. A couple of small, closed marginal tears; paper flaw to bottom edge of pp.89-90, not affecting text. Very occasional spots, a few small stains to engraved title, some light marginal smudges but generally clean and bright within. 19th-century marbled paper-covered boards with tan calf corners, recently rebacked in tan speckled calf with raised bands and red morocco gilt label, edges very lightly sprinkled red. Boards a bit rubbed, corners worn, but a very good, sound copy. Oxford University bookplate to front paste-down, with 'Rejected 1925' overwritten in pencil. First edition of Lydius's (1610-79) posthumously published work on ancient military science. Brunet 29046   Ref: 50149 
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Lysias: (Taylor, John, ed.:) Orationes et Fragmenta. Graece et Latine. Ad fidem Codd. Manuscriptorem recensuit, [...] Londini [London]: Ex Officina Gulielmi Bowyer, 1739. 2 vols. in 1, 4to., pp. [viii], xc, 528, [ii], 431-722, [xxvi] (with errors in pagination as usual). Greek and Latin. Leaf Fff4 (ie. pp.415-6) in this copy is the cancelland, showing the original number '39' in the first line of text. A few large, engraved head-pieces, occasional woodcut decorations. Two preliminary blanks a little loose at tail edge, first few leaves slightly creased. Contemporary vellum, raised bands and inked title to spine, all edges coloured red, marbled endpapers. Upper board a bit bowed, a little grubby. A very good, large paper copy. 19th-century armorial bookplate of Sir John Trollope to front paste-down. One of only 100 copies printed on large paper. According to Bowyer's records, 300 copies were printed on Genoa demy, 75 on royal, and 25 on writing royal. "Beautifully and correctly printed by the celebrated Bowyer. This is an incomparable edition, and hardly exceeded by any which this country can boast of" (Dibdin). ESTC T106443; Schweiger I 202; Dibdin (4th edn.) II 213; Brunet III 1257; Graesse IV 314.   Ref: 51885 
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[Lyttelton, George, Lord:] Observations on the Life of Cicero. London: Printed by J. Wright. 1733. 8vo., pp. [vi], 50. Author's name written on title-page in an early hand. Recent quarter calf by David Bourn of Darlington, marbled boards, red morocco spine label lettered vertically in gilt. The first edition of these observations by Lord George Lyttelton (1709-1773), produced the same year as his uncle Viscount Cobham began his opposition to Walpole's government; Lyttelton then entered politics as one of 'Cobham's Cubs', known primarily for their youth, patriotism, and Ciceronian rhetoric. ESTC T41818.   Ref: 36988 
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MacMullen, Ramsay: Soldier and Civilian in the Later Roman Empire. Harvard University Press, 1967. First reprint. Small 8vo., pp. x, 217 + 4 plates. Cloth, gilt-lettered. Top edge a little dusty. Price-clipped dust-jacket with 1.7cm closed tear to rear head edge, spine sunned and a bit tattered at head, horizontal scratch across front, a bit shelf worn but still very good. Ownership inscription of J.G.F. Hind, School of History, Univ. of Leeds to ffep.   Ref: 51980 
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Maltby, Edward: A New and Complete Greek Gradus, or Poetical Lexicon of the Greek Language. With a Latin and English Translation; an English-Greek Vocabulary; and a Treatise on Some of the Principal Rules for Ascertaining the Quantity of Syllables, and on the Most Popular Greek Metres. London: printed for T. Cadell, C.J.G. and F. Rivington et al. 1830. 8vo., pp. xxiii, [i], 779, [i]. A little sporadic light foxing, some smudgy marks and two faded signatures (one dated 1871) to title-page. Contemporary brown polished sheep, gilt spine with dark brown morocco label, edges lightly sprinkled brown. Spine and edges rubbed with some peeling, joints and endcaps worn, some fading to rear board but still a good, sound copy. To ffep, 'Ex Libris Geoffreii Alani Pauli, MCMLVIII'. Maltby's Lexicon Graeco-prosodiacum, as it was titled when first published in 1815, was based on Thomas Morell's Thesaurus of 1762. It went through two full editions and three abridged versions.   Ref: 51959 
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