Propertius, Sextus: (Volpi, J.A.; Passerat, J. & Broukhusius, J.:) [Opera] Patavii [Padua]: excudebat Josephus Cominus, 1755. 2 vols., 4to., pp. [x], LXVIII, 156, 560; [ii], 563-1290, [vi]. Lacking initial blank to vol.I. (as seems usual based copies previously held). Vol. I title-page in red and black with engraved vignette, woodcut initials, head- and tail-pieces; vol. II with half-title only, as called for. Vol. ii with errata and colophon to final leaves. A few neat pencil annotations, some pencilled booksellers' notes and codes to preliminary blanks. Small wormhole to centre of first 3 leaves of vol.I, touching a few letters. Light foxing to start of vol.I up to about p.XV and to first 2 leaves of vol.II, otherwise a clean and bright copy overall. Early 19th-century brown calf, rebacked with original spines retained. Spines heavily gilt with flat raised bands, directly lettered with author and editor's names and volume numbers, ornate gilt and blind-toooled borders, a.e.g., marbled endpapers. Laid-down original spines a little crackled, corners worn, a few scuff marks mostly to vol.II, endpapers discreetly repaired at hinges. A very good, hansdome set. To the front paste-down of each volume: small green straight-grain morocco book label with gilt borders, crest of a cockerel and the initials B.C.B.; early 20th-century armorial bookplate of George Charlewood Turner (1891-1967). Turner was a schoolmaster, headmaster and university principal. He began his career at Marlborough, then in 1939 moved to Kampala, Uganda to become principal of Makerere University College. On his return to England in 1947 he was appointed headmaster of Charterhouse School where 'after wartime difficulties, his mild but firm regime gave needed time for recovery' (ODNB). To the first blank leaf of vol.I, the pencilled ownership inscription of H.H. Vaughan, together with some notes on the purchase of these volumes, initialled by him. We believe this to be the inscription of the historian and university reformer Henry Halford Vaughan (1811–1885). An influential figure at Oxford University, Vaughan was renowned for his dazzling lectures but published little. First Volpi edition of the poems of Propertius (fl. first century B.C.), often on the subject of love and the author's devotion to his mistress, Cynthia. 'His vivid recreation of his affair with Cynthia, his literary range and his political independence make Propertius one of the most captivating of the Latin poets' (OCD). Volpi (1686-1766) was professor of philosophy at Padua from 1727, and professor of eloquence from 1736. This book is from his own highly successful publishing house, which he set up in 1717, and entrusted to Giuseppe Comino (Josephus Cominus). 'Les livres [...] ne tardèrent pas à lui assurer une réputation bien meritée par la correction du texte, par l'elégance des caractères et par les annotations critiques qui les accompagnent. Les éditions des classiques anciens et modernes enrichies de commentaires et de notes savantes, dues à la plume de Volpi et généralement recherchées des érudits, sont le principal titre de sa gloire' (NBG). Dibdin writes of this edition that, 'The celebrity acquired by Vulpius in his editions of Catullus and Tibullus is far from being diminished by this excellent and critical edition of Propertius [...]' Dibdin I (4th edn.) 385; Schweiger III 831 Ref: 51891
Prudentius Clemens, Aurelius: (Poelman, Theodore, & Victor Giselinus, eds.:) [Opera.] Theodori Pulmanni Cranenburgii, et Victoris Giselini Opera [...] Emendatus, et in eum, eiusdem Victoris Giselini Commentarius [...] Antverpiae [Antwerp], Ex officina Christophori Plantini, 1564. 8vo., pp. 350, [ii], [clxviii]. Lightly toned, some light spotting, a few pencil marks in first part, one or two small rustholes in margins. Later acid-mottled calf, rebacked in a different shade, spine in six compartments, second and fourth gilt-lettered direct, old leather chipped and worn and darkened around the repair, new endpapers. Ownership inscription of Alex Thomson, Manchester, May 8th 65 to initial blank. The works of the Roman Christian poet Aurelius Prudentius Clemens (4th-century CE), including his influential allegorical 'Psychomachia'. The text was edited by Theodore Poelman, an Antwerp merchant who began collecting manuscripts and editing them for Plantin, with further editing and a substantial commentary by Victor Giselinus (or Ghyselinck), who had been studying Prudentius for the previous few years while also working towards a medical degree to pay his bills. On the strength of this work Plantin hired him as a proof-reader, and he was able to move in the world of scholarship for the next few years before resuming his medical degree in 1571. "A very elegant and excellent edition" (Dibdin). Adams P2186. Ref: 40539
Publilius Syrus: Mimi, aucti et correcti ex codice MS. Frisingensi; cm notis viri docti, et variis lectionibus. Patavii [Padua]: Excudebat Josephus Cominus, 1740. 8vo., pp. 80. Page edges untrimmed. Slightly later half vellum with cream paper boards, red and green morocco gilt labels to spine, old paper shelfmark to tail of front joint, a little dusty. Booklabel of Leon Olschki to upper pastedown. The 'Sententiae' (or 'Mimi') of Publilius Syrus are here published by Cominus, preparatory to an edition of the works of the scholar Muretus despite this not being Muretus's edition of the work, with the connection being their pithy epigrams and prose style. It was reissued by Cominus in 1741 with the scholar's works, and again in 1769. Schweiger II 994. Ref: 32937
Quicherat, L.: Dictionnaire Francais-Latin. Composé sur le Plan du Dictionnaire Latin-Francais et tiré des Auteurs Classiques Latins pour la Langue Commune des Auteurs Spéciaux pour la Langue Technique, des Pères de L'église pour la Langue Sacrée, et du Glossaire de du Cange pour la Langue du Paris: Librairie de L. Hachette et C., 1858. Large 8vo., pp. xix, [i], 1683, [i]. A few occasional spots of foxing. Purple quarter morocco, gilt spine, marbled paper-covered boards, marbled endpapers. Spine scraped, endcaps fraying, upper joint beginning to split very slightly at head but still completely sound, very good. Bookplate of the Bibliotheque Maison des Oiseaux, Congregation de Notre Dame to front paste-down. Ref: 48774
[Quintilian] Quintilianus, Marcus Fabius: (Burmann, Peter, ed.:) De Institutione Oratoria libri duodecim. Patavii [Padua]: Excudebat Josephus Cominus. 1736. 2 vols., 8vo., pp. [xii] cli [i] 352; -740, 176. A few gatherings lightly age-yellowed, half-title in vol. 2 lightly spotted. Early half vellum with plain paper boards, red and green morocco gilt labels to smooth spines, edges sprinkled red and blue, boards lightly marked. A reprint of Burmann's edition, first published in Leiden in 1720, which eclipsed 'the celebrity of all former commentators' (Dibdin); it provides the notes of Almeloveen, Gallaeus, Turnebus, Gibson, and Obrechtus, Dodwell's 'Annales', readings from three previously uncollated manuscripts, and more. Dibdin (4th edn.) II 469. Schweiger II 845. Ref: 27781show full image..
[Quintilian] Quintilianus, Marcus Fabius: (Spalding, Georg Ludwig, ed.:) De Institutione Oratoria libri duodecim ad codicum veterum fidem recensuit et annotatione explanavit Georg. Ludovicus Spalding A.M. Gymnasii Berolino-Coloniensis professor [...] Lipsiae [Leipzig]: Sumtibus Siegfried Lebrecht Crusii (Vols. I-IV); Sumptibus Frid. Christ. Guil. Vo 1798 to 1834. 6 vols., 8vo., pp. lxxxvi, 628, [iv]; viii, 652, [ii]; xii, 646, [ii]; xviii, [iv], 718, [ii]; xxviii, 478, [ii]; lxxxiv, 1042, [ii]. Publisher's list to final page verso, vol. I. Vol. VI has additional title-page facing t.p. proper: 'Lexicon Quintilianeum edidit Eduardus Bonnellus Gymnasii Berolinensis professoris'. Occasional spots of foxing but generally bright, small closed tear to vol. IV title-page. Mid 20th-century half light tan calf, red morocco spine labels, red marbled paper boards, edges lightly sprinkled brown, contrasting marbled endpapers. Some patchy colour variation to spines (possibly from injudicious use of leather dressing), a little rubbed but a very good set. To the flyleaf of each volume, 'David M. Gaunt (Re-bound, Jan. 1968)'. This is likely the classicist David Martin Gaunt who served at Bletchley Park during WWII (see the 'Roll of Honour' on the Bletchley website) and published an edition of Quintilian in 1952. An additional crossed-through ownership inscription to vol. I. An edition much praised by Dibdin (writing of the first four volumes): 'It was wish of Ernesti that some ingenious and erudite scholar, "florens adhuc aetate," would favour the classical world with a complete edition of Quintilian [...]. The above excellent production of Spalding seems to have realised this wish.' Dibdin II 4th edn. 371 Ref: 50392
Quintus Smyrnaeus: [Greek text] Ilias Kointu Smyrniau; seu Quinti Calabri paraleipomena, id est, derelicta ab Homero, XIV libris.. correcta a Laurentio Rhodomano. [With:] In Q. Calabri, seu Cointi Smyrnaei Paralipomenon Libros XIV. Cl. Dausqueii Adnotamenta. Hanover: Typis Wechelianis apud Claudium Marnium & heredes Ioannis Aubrii, [and] Frankfurt: In offic 1604; 1614. 2 vols. bound as 1, 8vo., pp. [xxxii] 709 [lxxvii] 283 [iii]; [xvi] 309 [i]. A wormtrail in last 5 leaves touching a few characters with no significant loss of sense. Light toning, a little spotting. Contemporary vellum boards, long sides overlapping, spine lettered in ink, slightly soiled. Also known as the 'Posthomerica', the first edition of this expansion of the Iliad (taking as its starting point the death of Hector and relating the rest of the Trojan war) had appeared from the Aldine press in 1505. This scholarly edition was edited by Lorenz Rhodoman (1546-1606), professor of Greek and history at Jena and Wittenberg. Bound with it is notes on the text by the Jesuit Claude Dausque (1566-1644). VD17 3:004717X; 32:631388P. Ref: 33536show full image..
Quintus Smyrnaeus: Triphiodorus: Tzetzes, John: Coluthus: De Rebus Trojanis Ad Optimorum Librorum Fidem Exhibita. Lipsiae [Leipzig]: Caroli Tauchnitii, 1829. 12mo., pp. 319, [i], 27, [i], 63, [i], 18. Foxed, lightly toned, a few neat pencil annotations. Late 19th century half cloth, blue marbled paper-covered boards, green paper handwritten title label to spine, edges sprinkled red. Spine sunned and marked, rubbed, corners bumped but entirely sound, very good. Tiny ownership inscription of J. Schik to f.f.e.p.. A Tauchnitz text-only edition in Greek, without notes or named editor. Ref: 48702
Quintus Smyrnaeus; Tryphiodorus; Tzetzes; Colluthus: Carmina de Rebus Troianis, ad Optimorum Librarum Fidem Exhibita. Lipsiae [Leipzig]: Otto Holtze, 1879. Small 8vo. (133 x 90mm), pp.319, [i], 27, [i], 63, [i], 18, [ii]. A few pencil annotations (including several notes to rear endpapers), a little toned. Slightly later textured blue cloth, red gilt title label to spine, edges sprinkled red. Spine faded, slightly rubbed, endpapers toned but stilll a good copy overall. Ownership inscription of C.D.N. Costa dated 15.xii.65 to front paste-down, and of S.T. Collins of Wadham College, Oxford to ffep. Reprint of the Tauchnitz edition. Ref: 51568
Reich, Emil: Atlas Antiquus. In Forty-eight Original, Graphic Maps, with Elaborate Text to Each Map, and Full Index. London: Macmillan and Co., 1908. Large 8vo. (270 x 200mm), unpaginated, with many maps in colour, some of which folding. Red cloth, gilt title to spine. Rubbed, endcaps and corners a bit worn, endpapers foxed but still a good, sound copy. Tiny printed label of Henry Young & Sons, Booksellers and Publishers of Liverpool to front paste-down. From Reich's Preface: 'The present Atlas is done on the same lines as my New Atlas of English History (1903, Macmillan & Co., Ltd). Its chief purpose is to project historical events graphically upon the territory in which they happened, and by the configuration of which they were largely influenced.' Ref: 51678