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[Diamond Classics] Tasso, Torquato: La Gerusalemme Liberata. Londra [London]: G. Pickering, 1822. First volume only, of two. 48mo. (87 x 47mm), pp. [iv], 199, [i] + engraved portrait frontispiece and additional title-page. Text in Italian. A few light smudges here and there, small ink blot to additional title-page. Contemporary brownish grey cloth. A little rubbed with some small marks, a few leaves unopened at head edge, but still good. Early 20th-century inscription of A.C. Bernard to additional title-page verso. A volume in Pickering's famous 'Diamond Classics' series.   Ref: 51869 
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[Diamond Classics] Tasso, Torquato: La Gerusalemme Liberata. London: William Pickering, 1822. 2 vols. in 1. 24mo., pp. [iv], 199, [i]; [iii], 204-405, [iii], + portrait frontispiece and additional engraved frontispiece, including single-leaf publisher's catalogue at rear. Some toning to frontis, additional title-page and title-page but otherwise clean.Contemporary black morocco with gilt spine, borders and dentelles, a.e.g., scarlet endpapers. Joints a little rubbed but still a very good, attractively-bound copy. Ownership inscription of Elizabeth Frances Drury (b.1809) of Harrow to a preliminary blank. She was the daughter of respected Classical scholar and Harrow School master Henry Joseph Thomas Drury (17781841). First issue of this edition from Pickering's 'Diamond Classics' series. Dedicated to George John, 2nd Earl Spencer (1758-1834), the renowned bibliophile. Keynes p.63, 91   Ref: 51908 
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Dickinson, William Croft (ed.:) A Source Book of History. From Earliest Times to 1424; 1424 to 1567; 1567 to 1707. London: Thomas Nelson and Sons Ltd., 1952. 3 vols. 8vo., pp. x, 218; vii, 230; x, 501. Cloth, gilt. Spines sunned and a little cocked, corner-tips slightly bumped, surface scratch to rear board of vol. I.   Ref: 37089 
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Dicuil; (Letronne, A[ntoine-Jean], ed.:) Recherches Géographiques et Critiques sur le Livre de Mensura Orbis Terræ, Composé en Irelande, au Commencement du Neuviéme Siécle, par Dicuil; Suivies du Texte Restitué par A. Letronne. Paris: Chez Germain Mathiot, 1814. 8vo., pp. [ii], 249, [i], 94. Text in French and Latin. Toned, light stain radiating from top fore-edge corner through most of text-block but not obscuring text. Later olive green paper, brown cloth gilt label to spine, endpapers replaced, edges sprinkled. Spine a little darkened, end-caps slightly creased, top edge dusted. Liber de Mensura Orbis Terrae was originally published by Walckenaer in 1807. This edition is based on two mss. in the Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris, with additional readings obtained from the collation of the Venice and Florence mss.   Ref: 47047 
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Echard, Laurence: The Roman History, From the Restitution of the Empire by Charles the Great, to the Taking of Constantinople by the Turks. Containing the Space of 653 Years. Vol. V and Last. London: printed for R. and J. Bonwicke, J. Tonson, J. Walthoe, R.Wilkin, and T. Ward, 1726. Volume V only. Fifth edition. 8vo., pp. [x], 425, [vii] + additional engraved title-page. Title-page in red and black, woodcut head-piece to first page. Occasional faint spots and smudges but very good within. Slightly later dark brown speckled calf, red gilt morocco label to spine, raised bands with gilt, plain gilt borders, edges sprinkled red. Spine rubbed, a few small tears to head-cap, edges a bit worn, very good. Armorial bookplate of St Andrew, Ld. St John of Bletso to front paste-down. This is likely the 14th Baron St John of Bletso (17591817), but could be his son of the same name (18111874). The fifth volume of Echard's History, which stands alone as a work of medieval history. Echard (bap. 1672, d. 1730) was an enormously prolific writer. His most important work is considered to be his Roman History, 'the first in English, dedicated to the lord keeper of the great seal, Sir John Sommers, which attained ten editions by 1734 and was twice issued in French. The work was designed to be 'particularly useful to young Students and Gentlemen' (preface). There was, as one would expect, a heavy emphasis on moralizing, following the Sallustian model. It is a smooth narrative, without clash of sources, although Echard revealed an interesting preference for Greek sources over Livy, who was declared 'a little too verbose and circumstantial' (ibid.). Echard's political interpretations were conservative: blame the tribunes. He was, in general, an apologist for Roman imperialism, save for the obliteration of Carthage. He was under the spell of Caesar, and then of Octavian-Augustus. Strangely, he used only literary sources, neglecting inscriptions, coins, and archaeological evidence. G. Cornewall Lewis grouped Echard among the 'unenquiring and uncritical' (Enquiry into the Credibility of the Early Roman History, 2 vols., 1855, 1.4). In an age of raging Pyrrhonism, Echard was certainly very conservative. Yet his history held the field in English until Hooke (1738) and Ferguson (1783). A continuation of it was the first imperial inspiration of the young Gibbon [...] Echard's history remained the standard one until replaced by Hume (who does not seem to mention him) and Macaulay (who cites him frequently).' (ODNB) ESTC N26349   Ref: 51718 
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Ellis, Henry: A General Introduction to Domesday Book; Accompanied by Indexes of the Tenants in Chief, and Under Tenants, at the Time of the Survery [...] London: Frederick Muller, 1971. 2 vols. Facsimile reprint, 8vo., pp.[iv], xix, [i], 515, [i]; [iv], 543, [i]. Black cloth, gilt titles to spines. Edges dusty, a few small dusty marks to boards but very good overall. Facsimile reprint of the 1833 edition printed 'By Command of his Majesty King William IV, Under the Direction of the Commissioners on the Public Records of the Kingdom.'   Ref: 51558 
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Erasmus: Lingua, Sive, De Linguae Usu Atque Abusu Liber Utilissimus; (with) Encomium Moriae, Sive, Declamatio In Laudem Stultitiae; Consultatio De Bello Turcis Inferendo. Lugduni Batavorum [Leiden]: Joannis Maire, 1641; 1641; 1643. 3 bound as 1. 12mo., pp. 410, [xxii]; [viii], 229, [v]; 91, [i]. Third volume without its final blank. Printer's device to each title. Densely annotated in several old hands, occasional spots and smudges but genrally good within. Contemporary vellum, blind-tooled borders, titles inked to spine and both boards (a bit faded), edges red. Spine creased, vellum darkened and marked but still an attractive and interesting copy. Ownership inscriptions of : 'M. Marting [illegible]' dated 1659 to ffep; Charles Best Robinson dated 1852, and Thos. Hodgkin to ffep verso; illegible inscription to top of title-page. The banker and historian Thomas Hodgkin (1831-1913) was author of "Italy and Her Invaders", issued in four volumes in 1870. For the second edition he expanded the work to eight volumes, which were published between 1892 and 1899. STCN 840199635; 840199740; 840231431   Ref: 51266 
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Evans, Joan: Pattern. A Study of Ornament in Western Europe from 1180-1900. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1931. 2 vols. 4to., pp. xxxvi, 179; xv, [i], 249, [i] + plates. Blue cloth, gilt to spine and upper board. Spines and edges dusty, endcaps creased, endpapers a little discoloured but very good. Small slip letterpress-printed 'With the Author's Compliments' loosely inserted. Dame Joan Evans became the first female President of the Society of Antiquaries of London, serving from 1959 to 1964.   Ref: 45263 
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Farrar, Clarissa P. and Evans, Austin P.: Bibliography of English Translations from Medieval Sources. New York: Columbia University Press, 1946. 8vo., pp. xiii, 534. Green cloth, gilt; dusty, a little worn and faded. Very good. 'Borough of Dagenham' Library stickers and markings to spine and front endpapers.   Ref: 49179 
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Fisher, Herbert: The Medieval Empire. Volumes I and II. London: Macmillan and Co., 1898. First editions. 8vo., pp. xii, 350; viii, 308. Cloth, gilt-lettered, vol. 1 spine slightly cocked, all corners bumped, some general shelf wear to both vols., edges dusted and uncut, both very good.   Ref: 48544 
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