Leigh, Matthew: From Polypragmon to Curiosus. Ancient Concepts of Curious and Meddlesome Behaviour. Oxford University Press, 2013. 8vo., pp. xii, 249, [i]. Black cloth, gilt title to spine. As new condition. Ref: 51358
Lempriere, J. (ed.): A Classical Dictionary: Containing a Copious Account of All the Proper Names Mentioned in Ancient Authors; with the Value of Coins, Weights, and Measures Used Among the Greeks and Romans; and a Chronological Table. London: George Routledge and Sons, n.d. (c.1900). 8vo., pp. xxxv, 668. Slack at gutters between gatherings but binding still sound. Burgundy cloth, gilt-lettered to spine and upper board. Spine faded, endcaps slightly worn, edges dusted, upper and lower hinges starting to split but binding still holding, a little rubbed, but still a good reading copy. Ownership inscription of C.D.N. Costa in pen to front paste-down. Ref: 50972
Libanius: (Wolfius, J.C., ed.:) Epistolae. Quas nunc primum maximam partem e variis codicibus, manu exaratis, edidit, Latine convertit & notis illustravit. Amstelaedami [Amsterdam]: Apud Janssonio-Waesbergios. 1738. Editio princeps. Folio, pp. [xx] 865 [i] + school prize leaf. Title page in red and black, engraved device. Sporadic foxing, some dustiness to upper margins. Contemporary vellum, faded ink title to spine, spine and boards tooled in gilt, armorial Amsterdam gilt centrepiece to both boards, edges sprinnkled red. Darkened and a bit soiled, some gilt rubbed, scuffed at edges, small red ink blot to lower board, ties lost. Printed school prize leaf with engraved vignettte, inscribed to Jano Lissone 16th April 1786. The first collected printing of the letters of Libanius, the fourth-century AD rhetorician. More than 1500 of his letters survive, the largest extant collection from antiquity, and only brief selections had been previously edited. Wolf's magisterial volume not only prints as many as were known but also includes Latin translations for each letter; Smith called it 'the best edition' (Dict. Gr. & Rom. Bio.), and it is still cited in modern editions. Brunet III, 1050; Graesse IV, 195; Hoffman II; Spoelder, 493 (Amst. 12). Ref: 46584show full image..
Liddell, Henry George & Scott, Robert; Jones, Henry Stuart; McKenzie, Roderick, (eds.): A Greek-English Lexicon. Volume I & II. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1951. Ninth edition, reprint. 2 vols. 4to. (295 x 230mm), pp. xlviii, 1020; 1021-2112. 4cm tears to inner margins of 3 leaves (pp.1022/8) of Vol. II., not affecting text. Blue cloth, gilt titles to faded spines, endcaps fraying, 9cm. split to cloth along upper joint to Vol. I. Ffep to Vol. I semi-detached at hinge, all hinges with cracks at gutters but bindings still holding, endpapers creased and foxed. Despite vigorous wear, still a useful reference set. Ownership inscription of C.D.N. Costa in pen to front paste-down. Second reprint of the new revised and augmented (ninth) edition completed 1940. First edition published 1843. Ref: 51026
[Livy] Livius Patavinus, Titus: (Drakenborch, Arnold, ed.:) Historiarum ab urbe condita. Libri qui supersunt omnes ex recensione Arn. Drakenborch. Accedunt supplementa deperditorum T. Livii Librorum A. Joh. Freinshemio Concinnata. Cum notis selectoribus. Venetiis [Venice]: apud Thomam Bettinelli, 1791-94. 14 vols., 8vo., pp. xliii [i] 545 [i]; 428; 308; 464; 461 [i]; 387 [i]; 448; 416; 434; 462; 475 [i]; 547 [i]; 599 [i]; viii 507 [i] + engraved titles in each vol. and frontispiece portrait in Vol. 1. Occasional foxing and dustsoiling, but generally bright and clean, page edges untrimmed and frequently unopened, some marginal pencil notes, Vol. 4 with ink portraits to rear endpapers. Contemporary quarter vellum with marbled paper boards, red morocco gilt labels to smooth spines, vellum stained in places, cornertips a touch worn, a few joints rubbed. Small contemporary ownership inscription to foot of titles. Like most editions of Livy in the second half of the eighteenth century, the text here is based on Drakenborch's edition, which was published in seven volumes in the 1740s. This edition stretches to fourteen volumes in the smaller octavo format, and while this copy shows some signs of use (including marginal notes), the owner appears to have only read small selections since outside of Vol. 4 most of the pages remain unopened. Ref: 32946
[Livy] Livius, Titus: (Baker, G., ed.:) History of Rome. [London:] [Jones & Co.] [c.1830] 8vo., pp. 624 + engraved portrait frontispiece; 560. Bound without title-pages and Preface, but with the main text complete. Occasional faint spots and smudges but generally clean. Contemporary dark purple cloth, gilt titles to spines. Somewhat rubbed, spines and joints faded to tan, some corners bumped but still a useful scholar's copy. Ownership inscription of K.B. Gibson of Hymer's College, Hull to front paste-down in both both volumes and to preliminary blank in vol.I. To ffep in each volume, the inscription of William Grainger of Beverley, dated March 18th 1856. Ref: 51963
Longinus, Dionysius: (Pearce, Zachary, ed.:) [Greek letters: Dionysiou Logginou Peri Hypsous Hypomnema] De Sublimitate Commentarius, Quem Nova Versione Donavit, [...] Londini [London]: ex officina Jacobi Tonson, & Johannis Watts, 1724. First edition thus. 4to., pp. [viii], xv, [i], 187, [i], 28, [xvi] + engraved frontispiece. Bound without an initial advertising leaf as listed in some copies. Parallel Greek and Latin texts. Engraved intials and head- and tail-pieces, with final errata leaf. Occasional light pencil annotations. A little sporadic offsetting, mostly to Index. Contemporary sheep, rebacked retaining original spine but now failing at upper joint, edges sprinkled red, endpapers renewed. Very rubbed, joints worn with the upper beginning to split, corners worn. A tired binding but internally very good indeed. To the ffep, a very large, recent presentation bookplate to Desmond Costa. To the title-page verso, a small, older bookplate reading 'Ex bibliotheca hospitii dominorum advocatorum de arcubus Londini'. To the rfep, a pen inscription reading: 'Dublin - Hodges Figgis and Son [bookshop]./ Dawson St./ September 1964. Richard Carden'. First edition of Pearce's popular edition of Longinus, which was still in print in the nineteenth century. De Sublimitate is a work of literary criticism in Roman-era Greek, dated to the 1st century AD. The unknown author is conventionally referred to as 'Longinus' or 'Pseudo-Longinus', but their true identity has long been debated. A 10th century manuscript, the oldest surviving, names the original author as 'Dionysius or Longinus', which was later misread as 'Dionysius Longinus'. Later analyses have attributed the work to Dionysius of Halicarnassus or Cassius Longinus, though now neither is widely accepted. This quarto first edition is described as 'elegant' by Dibdin. Pearce presents, he says, 'the true text of his author, a new Latin version, and some elegant and erudite notes.' Later octavo editions were produced 'for the sake of general circulation, and they have propagated universally the critical talents and fine taste of their editor.' ESTC T87474; Dibdin II (4th edn.) 177-8 Ref: 51766
Longinus, Dionysius: (Pearce, Zachary, ed.:) [Greek letters] De Sublimitate Commentarius, quem qova versione donavit, Perpetuis Notis illustravit, & partim Manuscriptorum ope, partim conjectura, emendavit (additis etiam omnibus ejusdem Auctoris Fragmentis). Dublini: apud J. Smith & G. Bruce, 1733. Third edition. 8vo., pp. xliv, 372, including engraved frontispiece. Title-page in red and black, woodcut initials and tail-pieces, large engraved head-piece to p.v. A few annotations in an old hand, e.g. p.15. A very light marginal dampstain to lower fore-edge corner from frontis to approx. p.xxxv but generally clean within. Contemporary dark brown calf, gilt spine label, gilt thistle and shelf mark at tail of spine, edges lightly sprinkled red. Headcap neatly repaired, upper joint a little worn but holding firm, upper fore-edge corner bumped with slight creasing. A few small paper repairs to ffep where it was previously stuck to the bookplate. A very good copy. Engraved armorial bookplate of the Charles Perceval (1756–1840), 2nd Baron Arden in the Irish peerage and 1st Baron Arden in the peerage of the UK. Perceval was the older brother of the Prime Minister Spencer Perceval (1762–1812) as well as being a prominent politician himself. He was also a fellow of the Royal Society and the Society of Antiquaries, and a trustee of the Hunterian Museum. Published in the same year in both Dublin and Edinburgh, this Dublin edition appears to be the rarer, COPAC finding only the ESTC listing plus copies at Trinity College Dublin and Glasgow University. The sheets of this edition were in fact printed in the Netherlands and are a separate issue or variant imprint of the 1733 Amsterdam edition of R. & J. Wetstein and G. Smith. Dibdin recommends Pearce's edition (first published in 1724 in London in 4to. format) as 'the true text', praising its 'elegant and erudite notes' and adding that the subsequent 8vo. editions contain 'advantageous corrections and additions'. He records the second London edition of 1732 (the first 8vo.) and Foulis' 'very elegant' 4to. of 1763, but omits this Irish issue. ESTC N28412; Dibdin (4th edn.) II 177-8 Ref: 51610
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: 46578show full image..
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