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Ocellus Lucanus: (Vizzanius, Carolus Emmanuel, ed.:) De Universi Natura. Textum e Graeco in Latinum transtulit. Bononiae [Bologna]: ex Typographia Ferroniana, 1646. 4to., pp. [xxiv], 224, [iv], 225-348, [xvi]. Intermittent marginal dampstaining, a few gatherings browned, one leaf with a repaired marginal tear. 18th-century vellum boards, spine divided by blind rules, one compartment dyed yellow and lettered in gilt, another lettered direct, somewhat soiled and stained. Gilt stamp of the Birmingham Medical Institute to spine and their small stamp to title. On the Nature of the Universe, the only extant treatise by Ocellus Lucanus, the 5th-century Pythagorean philosopher. It had been printed in Latin beginning in 1541 (the original Greek, unusually, having appeared first, two years earlier), and several times more in the 16th century; this edition and its 1661 reprint were joined by only one other edition (Gale's, at Cambridge) in the 17th. Vizzanius, the editor, is notable for addressing the authenticity of the work in his preface, using considerations of dialect which Warburton later accused Bentley of plagiarising in his criticism of Phalaris. Warburton was probably mistaken, but having anticipated Bentley in assessing the authenticity of Greek texts is no small feat.   Ref: 43263 
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Oost, Stewart Irvin: Galla Placidia Augusta: A Biographical Essay. University of Chicago Press, 1968. First edition. 8vo., pp. xi, [iii], 346 + 8 plates. Quarter red cloth backed grey buckram boards, gilt lettered spine with gilt and red emblem to upper board. Endpapers and top edge red. Light surface abrasion to top corner of ffep, otherwise very good indeed. Daughter of Theodosius the Great and for twelve years de facto ruler of the Western Roman Empire.   Ref: 51499 
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[Ovid] Ovidius Naso, Publius: (Hollis, A.S., ed.:) Metamorphoses. Book VIII. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1970. First edition thus. Small 8vo. (190 x 125mm), pp. 168 + 5 plates. Blue cloth, gilt titles to spine, near fine. Ownership inscription of C.D.N. Costa in ink to front paste-down.   Ref: 51044 
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[Ovid] Ovidius Naso, Publius: (Palmer, Arthur, ed.:) Heroides with the Greek Translation of Planudes. Hildesheim: Georg Olms Verlagsbuchhandlung. 1967. 8vp., pp. lix, [i], 542. Internally clean and bright. Blue cloth, gilt titles to spine and upper board. Very slight creasing to endcaps, upper joint a little dusty, very good indeed. Ownership inscription of C.D.N. Costa dated 9.ix.'67 and tiny booksller's label of International University Booksellers Ltd, both to front paste-down. Introduction and commentary in English, text in Latin apart from Greek translation of Planudes.   Ref: 51971 
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Patin, H.: [Euripides] Études sur les Tragiques Grecs. Euripide: Paris: Librairie Hachette et C., 1894. Seventh edition thus. 2 vols. 8vo., pp. [iv], 427, [i]; [iv], 451, [iii]. Foxed, toned towards top edges. Later blue cloth, gilt titles to spines, edges sprinkled red. A little rubbed, top edges dusty, very good. Ownership inscription of J. Johnson and inkstamp of Chas. W. Poole & Sons bookbinders, Chelmsford to front paste-downs.   Ref: 48744 
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[Pauly] Ziegler, Konrat & Sontheimer, Hans, eds.: Der Kleine Pauly, Volumes I-IV. Lexikon der Antike [...] Stuttgart: verlag Alfred Druckenmüller, (1964-1972). Vols. I-IV of V only, 22 issues in total. Edges a little tattered but generally clean and bright within. Each volume housed in a blue cloth-covered folder, each issue in original pale green printed wrappers. Spines a little worn but very good indeed. Inkstamp of Prof. Dr Johannes Irmscher, Berlin-Niederschönhausen, Nordendsraße 49 to first issue. Prof. Irmscher (1920-2000) was a prominent scholar of antiquity and classical studies in Germany.   Ref: 48750 
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Persius Flaccus, Aulus: (Casaubon, Isaac, ed.:) Satirarum Liber [...] Terta editio, auctior & emendatior ex ipsius Auctoris codice: cura & opera Merici Casauboni Is. F. Londini (London) Typis M. Flesher: sumptibus R. Mynne in vico vulgo dicto Little Britain: sub insign 1647. Third edition. 8vo., pp. [xxxii], 40, [xxxvi], 554, [xxvi]. Vignette to title-page, a few woodcut decorations, errata leaf at rear. A little light toning. Contemporary dark brown calf neatly rebacked with gilt title to spine, MS binder's waste left visible at hinges post repair. Slightly rubbed, corners beginning to wear, edges dusty but a very good copy. Armorial bookplate of L.A. Burd to front paste-down. Ownership inscription of Richardus Chamberleyne dated 1647 to ffep. Small library code in blue pencil to bookplate and ffep. Oval inkstamp of Repton School Library to title-page. The third Casaubon edition of Persius' 'Satires', the first Casaubon edition of Persius printed in England, and the Second Latin Persius printed in England (the first appeared in 1614). Isaac Casaubon's son Meric Casaubon (1599-1671), who prepared this book for the press, gave impetus to Classical language publishing in England by issuing his own and his illustrious father's work. It was considered the fundamental commentary for 200 years, called by Scaliger, who thought little of Persius,'pluris condimentum quam pulpamentum ', i.e. 'a dish with more sauce than meat' (Epistolæ p.278). ESTC R31791; Wing P 1663; Sandys II 209; Schweiger 711   Ref: 51527 
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Peter, Hermann: Der Brief in der Römischen Literatur. Hildesheim: Georg Olms Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1965. Reprint. 8vo., pp. 259. Blue cloth, gilt-letter to spine and upper board, top corners bumped, else very good. Ownership inscriptions of C.D.N. Costa in pen to front paste-down and Anne Wilson, crossed-out, to ffep. One or two markings, not obstructing text. Reprint of the Leipzig 1901 edition.   Ref: 51030 
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Petronius Arbiter, Gaius: (Friedlaender, Ludwig:) Cena Trimalchionis. Mit Deutscher Übersetzung und Erklärenden Anmerkungen. Leipzig: verlag von S. Hirzel, 1906. Second revised edition. 8vo., [vi], 362. Very faintly toned but nice and clean within. Contemporary dark brown half morocco, gilt spine, green textured cloth-covered boards, marbled edges and endpapers. Spine sunned, joints and edges worn, a few scuffs but still very good. Ownership inscription and bookplate of B. Löfstedt to title page.   Ref: 48742 
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Petronius: Satyricon: cum fragmentis Albæ Græcæ recuperatis ann. 1688. Nunc demum integrum. Londini [London]: E. Curll, 1711. 12mo., pp.[xii], 156 + frontispiece and 9 further engraved plates. A2 torn horizontally but neatly repaired and with no loss, closed tear to A6 at fore-edge margin just touching a few letters to verso but again with no loss. A little light toning. Contemporary brown sprinkled calf neatly rebacked, gilt-ruled spine with orange morocco title label, edges lightly sprinkled red. A little rubbed, hinges repaired but very good overall. Inscription to ffep, 'Ex dono preceptoris honorandi Gulielmi Goldwin' (i.e. a gift to an honoured teacher, from William Goldwin). Published the year after the notorious publisher Edmund Curll moved his thriving business to new premises at the sign of the Dial and Bible on Fleet Street. Curll occupies an interesting place in publishing history. He was 'nothing if not eclectic as a publisher' especially in the early part of his career, producing works by Classical authors such as this one as well as contemporary poetry, religious works, political and 'medical' pamphlets, contemporary biographies and pornography. Many of the texts that came from his presses were considered scandalous, either for their salacious content or for Curll's unscrupulousness in publishing works without the proper permissions. The popularity of his publications was increased by the fact that they were also reliably cheap (indeed this volume of Petronius is priced on the title-page at 2s.6d.). 'There is no complete bibliography of works published by Curll, either alone or in one of his numerous joint ventures, and the cheapness of the books' production unfortunately ensured that relatively few survived. But it would not be an exaggeration to see Curll as catering for, and perhaps helping to create, a new lower end for the book market. In the absence of such a bibliography, one can only speculate, but it would appear that Curll's 'scandalous' publications must have been greatly outnumbered by his respectable ones—though it is the former for which he is chiefly remembered. ' (ODNB) Schweiger II, 725   Ref: 51528 
£200
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