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Van Dale, Anton: Dissertationes IX. Antiquitatibus, Quin et Marmoribus, cum Romanis, tum Potissimum Graecis, Illusrandis Inservientes. Amstelodami [Amsterdam]: Apud Henricum & Viduam Theodori Boom, 1702. First edition. 4to., pp. [xliv], 804, [xvi] + 9 plates as called for. Title-page in red and black, with wood cut device. Woodcut initials and head- and tail-pieces. Occasional light spotting but generally clean within. Later half dark brown sprinkled calf, raised bands gilt ruled, darker brown gilt title label to spine, brown sprinkled boards, edges lightly sprinkled red, green silk ribbon bookmark bound in. A little rubbed, edges a bit worn, corners slightly bumped, small patches of toning to front and rear endpapers where they come into contact with the leather-covered board corners. A very good, sound copy. Anton van Dale (1638-1708) made his living first as a merchant, then as a physician. While working he simultaneously studied classical languages, eventually becoming a Latin scholar of some standing. He was for a while a Mennonite preacher, but was said to have resigned his role because his sermons, heavily laced with Greek and Latin, failed to appeal to his audience. He wrote extensively against superstition and witch-hunting. His most influential book, De Oraculis Veterum Ethnicorum Dissertationes (1683) was a work on oracles, in which he argued against belief in the supernatural and the role of the Devil in the pagan oracular tradition. Dissertationibus ex Antiquitatibus (1702) was the last of his works published in his lifetime.   Ref: 52051 
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Vaniere, Jacob: Opuscula. Editio nova. Parisiis [Paris]: Apud Petrum Simon. 1730. 12mo., pp. 236 [iv]. A little faint toning and spotting. Contemporary sprinkled calf, spine in six compartments with raised bands, red morocco label in second compartment, the rest with central gilt stamp and triple gilt border, rubbed at extremities, a bit scratched, joints cracking (but strong). Inscription 'Epi Cliftoniensis 1927' to f.f.e.p. The lesser works of Vaniere (1664-1739), a Jesuit and neo-Latin poet.   Ref: 29952 
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[Vavasseur, Francois] Vavassor, Franciscus: (Kappius, Johann Erhard, ed.:) De ludicra dictione [...] Lipsiae [Leipzig], sumptibus Ioannis Christiani Martini 1722. 8vo., pp. [xxxii] lxi [iii], 824, [civ]. Title page in red and black, browning (heavier to initial leaves), a few spots, occasional contemporary or early pen underlining. Bound in contemporary vellum with gilt stamp to spine, soiled, hinges cracked but holding, covers soiled, with a nick in one place, small tears to head and tail of spine. Appended to this edition of Vavassor's work on comedic style is a variety of supplementary material, including his 'Antibarbarus', selected letters of J.L. Guez de Balzac, and letters and poems of Gilles Ménage. Vavassor (1605-1681) has been described as one of the best stylists and humanists of his time.   Ref: 21560 
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Veratius, Jobus, (pref.:) Conciones et orationes ex historicis Latinis excerptae. Lugd. Batav. [Leiden]: Ex officina Elseviriana, 1649. 12mo., pp. [xii] 411 [ix] incl. engraved title. Light browning and spotting, a little underlining in preface. Contemporary vellum boards, long sides overlapping, title inked to spine, soiled and spotted, spots of wear to upper joint and lower sides. Old ink note to upper pastedown. A collection of speeches from ancient historians based on earlier similar collections by Henri Estienne, among others. It reprints a preface by Jobus Veratius (d. 1571) but is not his work; the true editor appears to be unknown.   Ref: 29946 
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Vergil, Polydore: (Thysius, Antonius, ed.:) Historiae Anglicae libri XXVII. accessit praeter alia nonnulla series regum Angliae a` primis initiis usque ad hanc aetatem; ex nova editione Antonii Thysii, J.C.. Lugduni Batavorum [Leiden]: sumptibus Joannis Maire, 1651. 8vo., pp. [x], 9-782, 88, [iv], 783-878. This copy has the 88-page section on Henry VIII and the 4-page index bound in between pages 782 and 783 (i.e. after the section on Henry VII) rather that at the front as is sometimes found. Woodcut printer's device to title-page, woodcut initials and decorations, occasional MS 'x's to margins. Generally very clean but with tiny scorch hole to A5, marginal closed tears to leaves 2P1 and 5*2 (not affecting text), grey smudges at 6*4 fore-edge with a little marginal loss and a repaired tear. Slightly later tan calf, spine gilt, red morocco title label, blind tooled borders and board edges, edges lightly sprinkled red and blue. Both free endpapers are binder's waste: the front a printed English religious text, the rear a piece of MS, handwritten on both sides in sepia ink. Joints a little creased, upper corners worn, a few faint stains but very good indeed. Vergil (c.1470-1555) began his Historiae Anglicae c.1505 and completed the first version in 1512-13. It was 1534 before the work was published and Vergil continued to revise it until his death in 1555. Therefore four different versions can be said to exist: the manuscript version written in 151213, covering events up to 1513 (MS); the first published edition (Basle, 1534), covering events up to 1509 (A); the second edition (Basle, 1546), covering events up to 1509 (B); and the third edition (Basle, 1555), covering events up to 1537 (C). The last book, Book XXVII was added to the third edition and gives an account of Henry VIII's reign to 1537. Vergil stated that most of his work on this last book was carried out contemporaneously, and indeed his visit to Italy of 15334 would go some way to explaining his cursory treatment of the whole period from 1530 to 1537. Book XXVII is found here with separate pagination due, according to Brunet, to Thysius and his printer beginning their work using a 1546 text before realising that later editions contained this additional book. Brunet V, 1137   Ref: 51708 
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Vibius Sequester: (Oberlin, Jer(emias) Jac(ob), ed.:) De fluminibus fontibus lacubus nemoribus paludibus montibus gentibus quorum apud poetas mentio fit. Lectionis varietatem et integras doctorum commentationes adjecit et suas [...] Argentorati [Strasbourg]: apud Amandum König, 1778. 8vo., pp. [iv], xx, 428, [xxxvi]. Title-page a bit toned, some faint marginal stains, occasional spots and smudges. Contemporary brown calf, neatly rebacked in a slightly lighter shade with burgundy morocco spine label, edges sprinkled blue, endpapers renewed. Edges worn, corners bumped but a good sound copy overall. Pencilled code to title-page. The work comprises seven lists of geographical names mentioned by poets, categorised as: flumina (rivers or waterways); fontes (sources); lacus (lakes); nemora (forests); paludes (marshes); montes (mountains); gentes (peoples). Graesse considers this edition, 'la meilleure édition, faite sur trois mss.' Schweiger II, 1135; Brunet V, 1172; Graesse VII, 296   Ref: 50156 
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Vigilius, Bishop of Thapsus; Ignatius, Bishop of Antioch: Libri V. Contra Eutychianam Confusionem duarum naturarum, damnatum in Synodo Chalcedonensi. [Bound with:] Sancti martyris Ignatii Antiochiae archiepiscopi, epistolæ. [Leipzig: ] In officina Voegeliana; Antverpiae [Antwerp:] Ex officina Christophori Plantini, [1575?]; 1572. 8vo., pp. [ii], 160, [vi]; 70, [ii], 79, [i]. Lightly toned, some light spotting and staining, two sidenotes shaved in second work, some old underlining and a few substantial manuscript notes. Later vellum boards, long sides overlapping, spine lettered in ink, slightly marked, a page of manuscript notes pasted to front pastedown. Ownership inscription on title-page of M. Furebii Mylii, dated 1640; the other notes and annotations probably in his hand. A scarce edition of the major work of Vigilius, Bishop of Thapsus (BL & St Andrews only in COPAC, plus only Brigham Young outside of Germany and Switzerland in Worldcat), edited by Caspar Churrerius. Bound after it is Plantin's Greek and Latin texts of the letters of Ignatius of Antioch (each section with its own title-page, and not always found together). A 17th-century owner has added a substantial quotation about Vigilius on a pasted-in page at the front, with a further note facing the title-page of the second work Second work: Adams I33.   Ref: 43833 
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[Virgil] Vergilius Maro, Publius: (Burman, P., ed.:) [...] Bucolica, Georgica, et Aeneis. Ex Editione Petri Burmanni [...] Glasguae [Glasgow]: In Aedibus Academicus, Excudebat Andreas Foulis [...], 1778. 2 vols bound as one. 'Writing demy' folio, pp. [viii], 277, [i]; [iv], 307, [iii], including list of subscribers bound at the rear of the second volume. First volume bound without its final blank. Occasional very faint patches of toning but overall very clean internally. Brown 19th-century diced calf, rebacked retaining original spine, raised bands, spine lightly gilt with title, simple gilt frame to each board, a.e.g., marbled endpapers. Endcaps repaired with a white material partly visible under the calf, not an especially attractive reback but a sturdy one, and still very good overall. Bookplate of James Elwin Millard to front paste-down; 'The gift of J.W. Millard' inscribed to ffep verso; also to ffep verso an erased signature which has slightly offset onto the next blank (the name is possibly George Heath, but is very faint). The first Foulis folio of Virgil (a 12mo. edition having appeared 20 years earlier) which "presents us with the text of Burman, printed in a correct and magnificent manner" (Dibdin). Pieter Burman (1668-1741) was a pupil of both Graevius and Gronovius, and his Virgil was first published posthumously, having been finished by his nephew Pieter Burman II (1714-1778). Gaskell 639. ESTC N22205. Dibdin (4th edn.) II 558. Schweiger II 1178. Brunet V 1293. Graesse VI.2 343. Lowndes 2777.   Ref: 50253 
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[Virgil] Vergilius Maro, Publius: (Burmann, P., ed.) Bucolica, Georgica, et Aeneis. Glasguae [Glasgow]: in Aedibus Academicis Excudebant Robertus et Andreas Foulis Academiae Typographi 1758. 8vo., pp. [viii], 397, [iii]. Impressively clean within. Deep red morocco, gilt spine with black label, a.e.g., very attractive Dutch gilt endpapers. Half of spine label lost, bit rubbed, spine and board edges slightly darkened, some light scuffs and scrapes to boards with a few re-coloured chips to edges, the remains of some erased pencil notes to the blanks preceding the title-page. A very good copy in a handsome binding. An inscription in blue ink to the preliminary blank: 'Bought by Arthur Lloyd Baker 1952 & given by him in 1958 to Mary Paterson to encourage her to watch cricket.' A photograph of Colonel Lloyd-Baker (1883-1979) is loosely inserted. Also in Lloyd-Baker's handwriting some pencil notes to the title-page, and later a note regarding the dedication to Philip, Count Hardwicke. Lloyd-Baker lived at Hardwicke Court in Gloucestershire and this connection was presumably his reason for buying the book. Also to the title-page, inscription of the Duke of Grafton dated 1786. This would be Augustus Henry FitzRoy, 3rd Duke of Grafton, (1735-1811), styled Earl of Euston between 1747 and 1757. He was a politician and one of a very small number of dukes to have served as Prime Minister (1768-1770). An old catalogue description of this copy loosely inserted. The first few unpaginated leaves tend to appear in a variable order. In this copy we find the title-page, the blank leaf, the dedication and then the leaf titled 'Quintilianus, Lib. X'. Dibdin cites Harwood's opinion of this edition as 'very correct and beautiful'. Foulis' folio edition followed in 1788. ESTC T139215; Gaskell 360; Dibdin II (4th ed.) 558   Ref: 52033 
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[Virgil] Vergilius Maro, Publius: (Douglas, Gavin, trans.:) (Ruddiman, Thomas, ed.:) Virgil's Aeneis, Translated into Scottish Verse, [...] A new Edition. Wherein the Many Errors of the Former are Corrected, and the Defects Supply'd, from an Excellent Manuscript. To Which is Added a Large Glossary, Explaining the Difficult Words: Which may Serve for a Dictionary to the Old Scottish Edinburgh: Printed by Mr. Andrew Symson, and Mr. Robert Freebairn, 1710. Folio, pp. [viii], 19, [i], iv, [iv], 3-236, ff. 237-240, pp. 241-394, 397-486 [xcvi]. Complete despite pagination. With initial and final blank leaves. Two fairly long closed tears, affecting text but with no loss, to leaves 2D and 2U; pp. 189-92 misbound after p. 76, with a note to that effect (in an old hand) to p. 188; sporadic toning as usual with this rather poor-quality paper, some substantial ink smudges to pp. 381, 394, 395 affecting but not obscuring text; occasional light spotting. Contemporary brown calf, raised bands, reddish morocco gilt title label to spine, edges sprinkled red. Spine repaired at head and tail with conspicuous cloth tape, joints and edges rubbed, corners worn, a few marks and scrapes to boards, ffep slightly grubby and loosening, a very good copy that would benefit from more expert repair. Small bookplate (19th century?) of Russell of Aden with two crests to front paste-down. To title-page, inscriptions of: Alexander Russell Aden, with encoded lines beneath; Thomas Gordon, of King's College Aberdeen. The arrangement of the preliminaries varies from copy to copy. The preliminaries here are arranged thus: titlepage; titlepage to 1553 ed.; list of subscribers; 'The Life of Gawin Douglas'; 'The Judgment and Testimonies'; Preface. The main text begins on p. 3 ( A2); according to the ESTC, the title-page to the 1553 ed. (unsigned) may have been intended to be pp. 1-2. Second edition of the first translation of Virgil's 'Aeneid' into Scottish. This edition corrected the first printing (1553), and the Edinburgh philologist Thomas Ruddiman added an elaborate glossary. This glossary was the basis for the antiquary John Jamieson's 'Etymological Dictionary of the Scottish Language' (1808). The poet Gavin Douglas (?1475-1522), Bishop of Dunkeld and third son of the earl of Angus, "was one of the first to draw the distinction between Scots and 'Inglis'" (OCEL). He was unusual amongst his contemporaries in concentrating solely on studying the vernacular, rather than producing books in Latin. The 'Life' of Gavin Douglas by Bishop Sage, appended here, is one of the main sources for the author's biography. ESTC T139442. Lowndes 2782. Graesse VI.2 355 (note).   Ref: 52023 
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