Shrimpton, Gordon S.: Theopompus the Historian. Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press, 1991. First edition. 8vo., pp. xviii, 346. Blue cloth, gilt title on red label to spine of upper board, boards slightly warped, edges lightly dusted, otherwise very good. No dust-jacket. Ref: 51913
Silius Italicus: De Secundo Bello Punico. Amsterodami [Amsterdam]: Apud Guiljel. Janssonium, 1620. 16mo. in 8's, pp. 279, [i]. Title-page with engraved historiated border. Occasional light stains and smudges. Later parchment over thin boards, black and gilt label to spine, edges sprinkled red. A bit grubby, tiny nick to parchment at head edge, very good. Armorial bookplate of John Peter Fearon (c.1804-73) to front pastedown. 'John Peter Fearon was a distinguished parliamentary lawyer and acted for the major railway companies at that time. He also acted for the Meuse and Sambre railway in Belgium. He was also a Solicitor to the Attorney General in Charity Affairs. He was, among many other matters, also responsible for the drafting of new Charters for New College, Oxford and St Cross, Winchester.' (fearonlaw dot com) Pocket-sized copy of Silius Italicus's (c.28 – c.103) only surviving work, the 17-book Punica, an epic poem about the Second Punic War. Schweiger 955 Ref: 51724
Silius Italicus; Statius, Publius Papinius: De Secundo Bello Punico. [Bound with:] [Opera] denuo ac serio emendatus. Amsterodami [Amsterdam: ] Apud Guilielmum Ianss. Caesium, [Ioan. Ianssonium,] 1624; 1628. 16mo., pp. 279, [i]; [ii], 356, [iv] (title-page in each work engraved). Title-page of first work partly hand-coloured in yellow. Lightly toned, a couple of small spots. Contemporary vellum boards, long sides overlapping, soiled. Ownership inscription of Matthew Porterius dated 1880 to f.f.e.p. The text of Statius, according to Graesse, is corrected from the papers of Daniel Heinsius, while the Silius Italicus reprints the text as edited by Hermann von dem Busche. Ref: 43827
Sophocles: (Brunck, R.F.P., ed.:) Tragoediae Septem cum Lectionis Varietate et Annotationibus. Londini [London]: sumptibus G. & W.B. Whittaker et al, 1822. 8vo., pp. xvii, [i], 542. Sporadic foxing, the title page being particularly affected. Some neat pencil annotations. Dark green textured cloth, gilt title label to spine, marbled edges. Endcaps worn, label a little chipped, a few scuffs and marks but entirely sound. Scarce single volume edition, with the text and notes taken from a comparison of Brunck's 1786 and 1788 editions. Sophocles was a focus of attention at this time in English scholarly publishing, with an 1819 London variorum based on Brunck followed by an 1820 reprint of Brunck at Oxford, and an 1826 Oxford version with work taken from Elmsley and Porson. COPAC locates only two copies of this edition, in the BL and in the National Trust collection at Chastleton House. Ref: 48613
Statius, Publius Papinius: Opera, ex recensione, et cum notis I Frederici Gronovii. Venetiis [Venice: ] Apud Nicolaum Pezzana, 1712. 12mo., pp. 431, [i] (title-page engraved). A little light spotting, large but faint dampstain to final leaves, title-page laid down. Contemporary vellum boards, brass clasps mounted on vellum tabs, edges sprinkled red and blue, lightly soiled. Old ownership inscription to front pastedown (partly rubbed out). A scarce edition: COPAC locates one copy, in Oxford, while Worldcat adds four in the USA, three in Germany, and one in Switzerland. Ref: 43831
Statius, Publius Papinius: (Stephens, Thomas, trans.:) An Essay Upon Statius: or, the Five First Books of Publ. Papinius Statius his Thebais. Done Into English Verse by T.S. With the Poetick History Illustrated. London: printed for Richard Royston, 1648. First edition. 8vo., pp.[xiv], 152 including portrait frontispiece. Bound without preliminary blanks. Woodcut headpieces. Small burn hole to leaf C4 affecting a couple of lettters, a few small spots and smudges. 19th-century tan polished calf, neatly rebacked with original spine retained, two black morocco and gilt labels to spine, edges sprinkled grey, some pencilled bibliographical notes to endpapers, A few scrapes to lower board, corners a little worn, but still very good. Bookplate of Christopher Rowe to front paste-down. From the library of Thomas Park (1758/9–1834), antiquary and bibliographer, with his signature to the title-page but sadly without the heavy annotation for which he was known. The first translation of Statius into English. Stephens (d.1677), headmaster of the grammar school at Bury St Edmunds, claims in the prefatory material that the translation is purely for use by his students. Indeed, it does serve to as introduction to Statius' poetry during a time 'increasingly hostile to his aesthetics as well as to his politics'. However, this claim is shown to be a little disingenuous, as Stephens' Royalist sympathies are quite apparent in his translation. He 'seems to have seen in Statius' Thebaid a poem for his times that, translated, could provide an oblique commentary on English politics and the crisis of monarchy.' (Brill's Companion to Statius, p.603) This work appears at a fraught point in the career of its publisher Richard Royston, 'staunch supporter of the church and the crown'. Imprisoned in the Fleet from July to October of 1645 for issuing an anti-parliament parody of Robert Ram's Soldier's Catechism, by 1648 he was embroiled in the controversial publication of Eikon Basilike, allegedly written by Charles I during his incarceration. 'Royston's involvement with the publication had begun earlier and by the end of 1648 he contrived to get Eikon into print, using a series of printers, and began distributing it. Although it has been suggested that he was imprisoned for publishing the King's Book, there is no evidence of this. However, in October 1649, nine months after the execution of Charles I, Royston was called before the council of state and was bound in £500 to appear 'when required, and not to print or sell any unlicensed books or pamphlets in the meantime' (CSP dom., 1649–50, 524).' (ODNB) ESTC R21944; Wing S5335 Ref: 51516show full image..
Statius, Publius Papinius: (Williams, R.D., ed.:) Thebaidos. Liber Decimus. Edited with a Commentary [...] Lugduni Batavorum [Leiden]: E.J. Brill, 1972. Paperback, pp. xxiv, 139, [i]. Text in Latin, introduction and commentary in English. Cream card covers, red lettering to spine and front. Pencilled code to top corner of front cover. A little shelf worn, very good. Ownership inscription of C.D.N. Costa dated 4.xii.'72 inside front cover. Includes a Life of Statius, explorations of his literary qualities and the manuscript tradition of the Thebaid, as well as the Latin text and English commentary. Ref: 52079
Sternberg, Rachel Hall (ed.): Pity and Power in Ancient Athens. Cambridge University Press, 2005. 8vo., pp. xi, 356. B/w illustrations to text. Cloth, remainder mark to slightly shop-soiled edges, but otherwise fine. Ref: 31653