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Catullus, Gaius Valerius; Tibullus, Albius; Propertius, Sextus: Opera. Birminghamiae [Birmingham]: Baskerville, 1772. 'Writing Royal' 4to., pp. [ii], 200, 221-372 (as usual). Occasional scatterings of very light foxing, but generally clean. Red calf, contemporary boards with later but sympathetic gilt spine; both boards heavily gilt in the herringbone style with borders and diamond-shaped centrepieces, suggesting a Scottish binding. Marbled endpapers, cloth hinges. In rebacking the binder has employed a French joint, seemingly to correct the original structure and give a better square at the foredge; the look is a little unusual, with a deep groove at the joint, but the work is neatly and skillfully done. Some slight splits to tail-cap, a few small scrapes to upper board, corners repaired but a very good, attractive copy. A2 is a cancel, H3 a cancelland; misnumeration and other errors as usual. Also available in 12mo., this 4to. version was priced on publication at a guinea, though copies were advertised for sale at 18s. on 9th July 1773; 780 copies remained in stock in 1775. Dibdin describes this edition, based on Coustelier's 1743 production, as 'very beautiful', though 'not esteemed for accuracy'. ESTC T6260; Dibdin I (4th edn.) 377; Gaskell 44; Graesse 287; Moss 1263   Ref: 51370  show full image..
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Catullus, Gaius Valerius; Tibullus, Albius; Propertius, Sextus; (Scaliger, Joseph, ed.): [Juvenal] Iuvenalis, Decimus Iunius; Persius Flaccus, Aulus; (Poelmann, Theodor, ed.): [Opera] Nova Editio; Castigationes; Satyrarum Liber I. Lutetiae [Paris]: apud Mamertum Patissonium, in officina Rob. Stephani; Anverpiae [Antwerp]: Christo 1577; 1577; 1565. Three works bound as one. 8vo., pp. [xvi], 274, [ii]; 252, [xvi]; 160. Separate title page to each work, each with a woodcut device, neat marginalia in an old hand plus pen trials to preliminary blank. A little toned with occasional spots and stains, top corner of title excised, slight worming to fore-edge margins through preliminaries, closed tear to p.13 of third work affecting a few words but with no loss. Contemporary dark brown calf boards rudimentarily rebacked, gilt morocco label to spine, large corner repairs to lower board. Rubbed and scuffed, joints and corners worn but a sound and interesting copy. Large armorial bookplate to front paste-down, red ownership stamp of Nicholas Lane to f.f.e.p.. The first two volumes, Catullus, Tibullus & Propertius joined as usual by Scaliger's Castigationes, are here found with Plantin's edition of Juvenal. Schweiger II, 79 (Catullus et al); Dibdin II 4th edn., 153 (Juvenal)   Ref: 50257 
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Catullus, Gaius Valerius; Tibullus, Albius; Propertius, Sextus; (Scaliger, Joseph, ed.:) [Opera] Nova Editio; Castigationes. Lutetiae [Paris]: apud Mamertum Patissonium, in officina Rob. Stephani, 1577; 1577. Two volumes bound as one. 8vo., pp. [xvi], 274, [ii], 252, [xvi]. Woodcut device to title page, woodcut initials and headpieces. Some neat annotations in an old hand. A little toned, sporadic staining to outer margins, some smudges and ink spots. Contemporary dark brown calf, raised bands, paper label to spine, blind-tooled borders, 'CATVL. SCALIG.' inked to fore-edge and 'Tibullo' to top edge. Headcap worn, label a little torn, slightly rubbed, corners fraying, a few ink spots but a very good copy. Ownership inscription of Tommaso Franco Bernard to title-page. Here Estienne's Catullus, Tibullus & Propertius volumes are joined as usual by Scaliger's Castigationes. Schweiger II, 79   Ref: 50258 
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Chrysostom, John, Saint: (Hoeschel, David, ed.:) De Sacerdotio libri vi. Graeci & Latine. [Bound with:] Contra Iudaeos Homiliae vi. Augustae V. [Augsburg: ] E typographeo M. Mangeri; Joannis Praetorij. 1599; 1602. 2 works bound as 1, the second the Editio Princeps of the Greek text. 8vo., pp. [xvi], 215, [ii], 216-539, [i]; [xvi], 256, [ii], 257-542 (i.e. 541), [iii]. Some light dampstaining at the beginning of first work, a little minor spotting elsewhere. Contemporary vellum, long edges overlapping, spine titled in ink, hinges cracking but strong, a little dustsoiled. Two attractive editions by David Hoeschel (1556-1617), librarian at Augsburg; the second is the Editio Princeps of the Greek text of Chrysostom's sermons against the Jews. Both works are accompanied by Latin translations, the first by that of Ceratinus and Brixius, and the second by Hoeschel's own.   Ref: 39528 
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Cicero, Marcus Tullius: Opera, cum Optimis Examplaribus Accurate Collata. Leiden: Elzevir, 1642. 10 vols. 12mo., pp. [xxiv], 768 + engraved portrait plate; 614; 550; 560; [xvi], 506; [xii], 685, [i]; 486; 386; 301, [i]; 318, [x]. Engraved title page to vol. I, printer's device to all other title pages. 'Consolatio' section printed in italics. Repeated pagination of pp.229-238 in vol. IX as called for. Light intermittent browning, a few marginal notes including pencil marks to vol. VII, a few closed tears not affecting text, vol. IV with some worming to lower margin. Recent tidy but somewhat utilitarian brown half calf with red labels to spines, a little marked, top edges dusty. Some variety is present in margin and therefore textblock sizes, which the bindings compensate for, suggesting that this is a collector's made-up set. This set of Cicero's works is considered to be one of the finest productions of the Elzevir press. 'A very beautiful and correct edition, exhibiting the improved text of Gruter. Bibliographers [...] dwell with rapture on the beauty of the paper and brilliancy of the type; and critics allow that its correctness is equal to its beauty.' (Dibdin). Contra Dibdin (and Brunet as well) the text is not actually based on Gruter, but rather on Paulus Manutius's text as printed in the 1550s. Willems 535. Dibdin (4th edn.) I 401.   Ref: 45899 
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Cicero, Marcus Tullius: (Nobbe, C.F.A., ed.:) Opera Omnia. Uno Volumine Comprehensa Curis Secundis Emendatiora et Adnotationibus Indicibusque Auctiora [...] Lipsiae [Leipzig]: sumptibus et typis Caroli Tauchnitii; Londini [London]: prostat apud David Nutt, 1850. Small folio (300 x 195mm), pp.vii, [i], 1460 + portrait frontispiece with tissue. Generally clean and bright within, but with the tissue heavily foxed and causing some transfer to frontispiece and title-page. Recent tan arbelave buckram, gilt title to spine, edges uncut. Slight crease at tail of spine. A very good copy, in a modern but sturdy binding. Ownership inscription of C.D.N. Costa dated 9.ii.'65 to ffep. Unobtrusive code in red ink near head of title-page. Karl Christoph Traugott Tauchnitz (17611836) founded his publishing house in Leipzig in 1798, having begun a printing business there two years earlier. Dictionaries, Bibles, and stereotyped editions of Greek and Roman classics were Tauchnitz specialities.   Ref: 51694 
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Cicero, Marcus Tullius; (Gruter, Jan; Gulielmus, Jan, eds.:) Opera Omnia Quae Exstant, ex sola fere` codd mss. fide emendata studio atq[ue] industria Jani Gulielmii & Jani Gruteri additis notis & indd: accuratiss: confectis. Hamburgi [Hamburg]: Ex bibliopolio Frobeniano, 1618. 4 vols. in 2. Folio bound in 8s, pp. [xx], 34, [ii], 255, [i], 590; 417, [i], 461, [i]. Engraved title-page with vignette; woodcut initials, head- and tail-pieces. Printed on notoriously poor paper, hence toning and foxing of varying severity. To first vol., a closed tear to 2G6 affecting a few letters; second vol. title-page detached but wholly present, gathering 2Z misbound. Occasional light dampstaining; some spots of wax and ink, closed marginal tears and tiny instances of worming. Contemporary speckled calf, raised bands, gilt spines, edges sprinkled red. Much rubbed and scuffed, endcaps rubbed with loss to first vol., corners worn, turn-ins peeling, endpapers rumpled. A tired copy, but of a work with an interesting scholarly history. Ownership inscriptions of Henri van der Lijndin dated 1659 to each title-page. A fifth volume followed in 1619. 'This edition was formerly of some authority, and followed by a great number of succeeding editors; but with the disadvantage of bad paper and bad type, it unites many errors and absurdities; adopting the palpable incorrectness of MSS. in lieu of the emendations of learned men, who had restored the text of Cicero in a manner unexceptionable to every other critic but to the blind obstinacy of Gruter. Consult Ernesti's preface to his own edit. p.xlii; Harles, Introd. Lit. Rom. t.ii. 56; Bipont. Edit. xcii-iii.; and Beck's preface, p. xxxvi-vii; all of which authorities unite in bestowing a severe chastisement on Gruter.' (Dibdin) A good deal of scholarly work has been done on this edition, including attempts to explain where Gruter (1560-1627) went so wrong. His work was based on the edition of Gulielmus (Jan Wilhelms, 1555-84), whose project had been to use a large number of French and German manuscripts to compile an edition of Cicero's works based on manuscript readings only, without editorial conjectures. In the late 1980's, P.L. Schmidt identified Gulielmus's own copy of Cicero, 'containing all his collations and conjectures, a remarkable discovery.' The edition was Lambinus's (1577-8). Close examination by D.H. Berry throws light on Gruter's methods: '[it] was this copy which Gulielmius used to collate the Erfurtensis, and thus the readings he recorded need no longer be taken at second hand from Gruter, but may now be had direct from Gulielmius himself. The authorities at Leiden have with great generosity supplied me with photographs of the relevant pages of Lambinus' edition, with the result that I have been able to compare against one another Gulielmius' collation, Gruter's version of it and the readings given by Zinzerling. This examination has revealed various deficiencies in Gruter's reports which have, naturally, permeated all subsequent editions. In particular, Gruter recorded only a selection of the reports noted by Gulielmius, while his manner of recording has been found to have been imprecise and consequently misleading: where Gulielmius reported only one word from E, Gruter's method was to cite the whole clause without indicating which word had occurred in E and which had simply been taken from the deteriores on which his edition was predominantly based.' (The Classical Quarterly, Vol. 39, No. 2 (1989), pp. 400-407). Dibdin I (4th edn.) 400   Ref: 49893 
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Clarke, M.L.: Greek Studies in England 1700-1830. Cambridge at the University Press, 1945. First edition. 8vo., pp. [vi], 255, [i]. Internally clean: light foxing to endpapers and edges only. Blue cloth, endcaps and corners a little worn, a few marks to boards, still very good. Ownership inscription of 'David Wilkinson (I.V.S.P.) June 1946' to ffep. Appends a 'List of Translations from Greek Authors published between 1700 and 1830.   Ref: 51497 
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Claudian: (Hall, J.B., ed.:) De Raptu Prosperpinae. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1969. First edition. 8vo., pp. x, 252. Red cloth, gilt title on black label to spine, edges lightly dusted, otherwise near fine. No dust-jacket. Ownership inscription of C.D.N. Costa to front paste-down. With introduction and commentary by the editor.   Ref: 51911 
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[Claudian] Claudianus, Claudius: (Burman, Pieter II, ed.:) Opera, quae exstant, omnia ad membranarum veterum fidem castigata [...] Amstelaedami [Amsterdam], ex officina Schouteniana, 1760. First edition thus. 4to, pp. [xiv], xxxii, [ii], 31, [v], 1112. With additional presentation certificate bound in. Title in red and black with woodcut device, woodcut head- and tail-pieces and initials. Title page a little dusty, occasional light spots of foxing, slightly toned towards top edge but generally clean within. Contemporary Dutch prize vellum, raised bands, blind-tooling and black morocco label to spine, gilt panels and centrepieces to both boards with coat of arms of Amsterdam, edges lightly sprinkled blue. Two small holes to vellum at spine, label chipped, ties lost, somewhat grubby but a very good, sound copy overall. Printed academic prize certificate dated 1796, made out by hand to Joanni Petro Pelser and signed by the College of Amsterdam rector, H. Hana. First edition of Pieter II Burman's (1714-1778) edition of Claudian, with commentary by his uncle, Pieter I Burman, and previously unprinted notes by the neo-latin poet and classical verse scholar Niklaas Heinsius (1620-1681). Claudian of Alexandria (b. c. AD 360) was court poet under the emperor Honorius and his minister Stilicho. "In diction and technique he is the equal of Lucan and Statius, in hyperbole he perhaps outdoes them" (OCD). His poetry is also a valuable historical source. Dibdin (4th edn.) p. 472. Listed by Dibdin as "best variorum quarto" of Claudian in his qualitative index in the 3rd edn.   Ref: 49943 
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