Feith, Everard: Antiquitatum Homericarum Libri IV. Editio accuratior. Amstelodami [Amsterdam]: apud Salomonem Schouten, 1726. 8vo., pp.[xx], 404, [xliv]. Woodcut device to title-page, some woodcut initials and decorations. Very faint dampstain to lower margin near front. Final Addenda leaf a little creased. Contemporary vellum, title inked to spine (just visible). Quite grubby, endcaps a little creased, some smudgy marks to endpapers but a good, firm copy. To front paste-down, the signature of Charles Mayo. There are several likely Charles Mayos to whom this volume may have belonged: the historian and clergyman (1750–1829); the Old English scholar (1767–1858) or the educational reformer (1792–1846). Everard Feith's (1597-c.1625) short career was focused on ancient Greece. He is believed to have written five works on the subject, of which this is the second, before entering a house in La Rochelle and vanishing without trace in 1625. The manuscripts of his three final works were lost. Antiquitatum Homericarum was originally published by Bruman in 1677, apparently with the encouragment of J.F. Gronovius. Ref: 51276
Felltham, Owen: Resolues [Resolves] A Duple Century. The VI Edition [...] with a large Alphabeticall Table therunto. London: Printed for Henry Seile [...] 1636. Small 8vo., pp. [vi] 448 [xxii] + engraved title-page. Without final blank, two small burnholes to one leaf (one marginal, one affecting one character). Browned and spotted, a few pencil marks, one marginal wormhole to first 15 leaves. Modern quarter dark brown calf with marbled paper boards, red morocco gilt label to spine. Ink inscription to first leaf recto (blank): "E Libris Matthew Goodfellow, Ex Dono Thom Dom Baron Wyndham, 1726." The sixth edition of this popular collection of essays on moral topics, first published 1623, then with many additions in 1628. The inscription would seem to indicate that this copy was given to an acquaintance by Thomas, Baron Wyndham (1681-1745), Lord Chancellor of Ireland, though as he was only created Baron Wyndham in 1731, it is not an entirely straightforward assumption. ESTC S101862. STC 10761. Ref: 23523show full image..
Florus, Lucius Annaeus: (Le Fevre, Anne, ed.:) Rerum Romanarum Epitome Interpretatione et Notis Illustravit Anna Tanaquilli Fabri Filia. Jussu Christianissimi Regis, In Usum Serenissimi Delphini. Parisiis (Paris): Apud Fredericum Leonard, Typographum Regis, 1674. 4to., pp. [xxiv], 205, [clix] including additional engraved title-page. Woodcut printer's device to title-page, woodcut head- and tail-pieces and initials through the text. Lightly toned towards top edge, faint staining to lower margins of first and last few gatherings, binding cracked between frontispiece and title-page but all still sound. Contemporary vellum boards, unusually rebacked in deliberately contrasting late-18th-century black morocco. Gilt spine and borders, gilt crest to head of spine, a.e.g., endpapers replaced. Spine rubbed, vellum a bit darkened, boards a little splayed but still very good. Edited by Anne Dacier (nee Le Fevre) (1645-1720), noted French scholar and wife of Andre Dacier, one of the series editors for the Delphin editions. Schweiger II, 361. Ref: 49304
Florus, Lucius Annaeus: [Maittaire, Michael, ed.:] [Epitome rerum Romanarum]. Cui subjungitur Lucii Ampelii liber memorialis. Londini [London]: Ex Officina Jacobi Tonson & Johannis Watts, 1715. 12mo., pp. [xxii], 141, [iii], including engraved frontispiece signed 'Lud. Du Guernier inv. et Sculp.', and publishers' advertisement at rear. Title page in red and black with woodcut printer's device, woodcut initials and head- and tail-pieces. Very clean and bright within. Contemporary calf, raised bands, burgundy morocco gilt spine label, plain gilt borders, edges sprinkled red, marbled endpapers. A little loss to headcap, rubbed, corners wearing, still a very good copy. From 1713 to 1719 Maittaire (1668–1747) edited a whole series of 12mo. Classics for Tonson and Watts. It comprised: in 1713, Paterculus, Justin, Lucretius, Phædrus, Sallust, Terence; in 1715, Catullus, Tibullus & Propertius, C. Nepos, Florus, Horace, Ovid, Virgil; in 1716, Cæsar, Martial, Juvenal & Persius, Q. Curtius; in 1719, Lucan. Similar editions of Sophocles, Homer, Livy, Pliny, and the Musarum Anglicanarum Analecta were attributed to Maittaire, but he formally disclaimed them. ESTC T146535. Schweiger II 362. Ref: 51742
Freind, John: Opera Omnia Medica. Londini [London]: Typis Johannis Wright, 1733. Folio, pp. [viii], viii, 6, xxx, [vi], 224, [iii], 238-591, [i], 25, xi, [ii] + portrait frontispiece. 'Variantes' leaf bound as prelim instead of following p. 224, small rusthole in one leaf (5B2) affecting two characters, prelims dusty and spotted with a few silked repairs in blank margins, some light spotting and soiling elsewhere but the text generally quite clean. Contemporary mottled sheep, edges worn and chipped, rebacked with calf, spine in seven compartments with raised bands, two gilt-lettered direct, new endpapers. Small stamp of Birmingham Medical Institute to title-page. The first collected edition, published posthumously, of John Freind's medical writings, with any written in English (including his most famous work, History of Physick) translated into Latin by his friends and executors. Freind (1675-1728) was one of the promising undergraduates that the dean of Christ Church, Henry Aldrich, engaged in producing classical editions (he edited Demosthenes and Ovid), but he soon turned to medicine and his lasting legacy is as the author of the History of Physick, 'a standard reference for many years' (ODNB). ESTC T95591. Ref: 43262
Guevara, Antonio de: Horologium Principum, quod ad normam vitae M. Aurelii Severi. Francofurti et Lipsiae [Frankfurt and Leipzig]: Apud Joannem Paulum Kraus. 1745. LARGE PAPER copy, Folio, pp. [ii], XLII, 415, [i]. Title page in red and black. A little dustsoiling and spotting in places, but generally quite clean and bright. Contemporary mottled calf, experly rebacked preserving original gilt spine, new red morocco label, corners renewed, boards a bit scuffed, red and green decorative endpapers. Bookplate of T.B. Hohler. A translation into Latin of the 'Dial of Princes' by the Spanish moralist and chronicler Antonio de Guevara (c. 1481-1545). Originally published in 1529 as 'Reloj de Principes', it takes the form of a 'novel' based on the Cyropaedia of Xenophon, telling the life story of Marcus Aurelius in such a way as to provide moral lessons for modern rulers. Its popularity is now harder to understand, but it was frequently reprinted throughout the sixteenth century and continued to rate elaborate productions such as this one two hundred years after its composition. Ref: 34348show full image..
Harwood, Edward: A View of the Various Editions of the Greek and Roman Classics, with Remarks with Remarks [...] London: printed for T. Becket [...] 1775. First edition. 8vo., pp. [ii], xxiv, 229, [iii]. Includes three-page catalogue of Harwood's books sold by Becket at rear. Some reversed writing in light pencil to p.96, seemingly offset from something no longer present. A few lightly smudges to title-page but generally clean internally. Mid-twentieth century half tan calf, gilt spine with label, brown marbled boards, edges sprinkled red. A bit rubbed, joints slightly worn but firm, small dent to top edge of upper board, still a very good copy. Pencil note to front paste-down: 'Coll. Christopher Dobson c.1967'. 'Harwood (1729–1794) was a prolific writer and author of numerous religious and biblical treatises and classical works. He once claimed to have written more books than anyone then living with the exception of Joseph Priestley. Of these the one which contributed most to his reputation as a scholar was A View of the Various Editions of the Greek and Roman Classics (1775), which by 1790 had run to four editions and had been translated into German (1778) and Italian (1780 and 1793).' (ODNB) ESTC T118350 Ref: 51811
Harwood, Edward: Biographia Classica: The Lives and Characters of the Greek and Roman Classics. A New Edition, Corrected and Enlarged, With Some Additional Lives; and A List of the Best Editions of Each Author. London: T.Becket and T. Evans, 1778. Second edition. 2 vols. 12mo., pp.[ii], vi, [iv], 376; [iv], 307, [i]. Contemporary lightly speckled tan calf, raised bands, red morocco gilt title labels, edges sprinkled red. Dressing has been applied to the spines (and slightly over onto the boards) rendering them a little darker in colour. Volume 1: old paper label at tail of spine, tiny hole to upper joint. Volume 2: endcaps worn with a little loss at tail, lower hinge just starting to split at head but sound. Both volumes rubbed, corners starting to fray but still a very good, internally clean set. Small printed label of Henry David Forbes(-Mitchell) of Balgownie (1790-1869) to each front paste-down. Henry was the son of Duncan Forbes-Mitchell, 1st Laird of Thainston. Balgownie (formerly Fraserfield) was the Aberdeenshire estate inherited by his wife Katherine Fraser (d.1839), whom he married in 1816. First published (anonymously) in 1740, printed by Daniel Browne. ESTC N16541 Ref: 51477
Heinsius, Daniel: Poematum. Editio Nova. Accedunt præter alia Libri, de contemptu mortis antehac una non editi. Lugduni Batavorum [Leiden]: Elzeviriorum and J. Maire, 1621. 2 vols in one. 8vo., pp. [viii], 474, [ii]; [viii], 167, [xix]. Woodcut printer's device to title page and some woodcut initials to text, small portrait of Homer to p. 264. De Contemptu Mortis has its own title page in red and black with the same device, and its colophon names Isaac Elzevir as the printer. Small piece cut from top corner of f.f.e.p., a little staining to title page, three leaves with small chips from blank lower margins, one of them just touching text and sometime repaired with a few letters supplied in manuscript. Contemporary vellum, long sides overlapping, title inked to spine, edges sprinkled red. Library code inked to spine, some faint brown stains to upper board, rear endpaper tearing a little where turn-in is lifting. Ownership inscription of O. Preuss, Detmold, 1844 to front pastedown. The second part, printed by Isaac Elzevier, enjoying "une tres grande vogue", was reproduced textually from the first, and separate, quarto edition of the same year. Willems 187. Ref: 43834
Heraclides Ponticus: [Nicolaus of Damascus:] (Craigius, Nicholas, ed.:) Heraclidae Pontici De politiis libellus. [[...] De moribus gentium [...]] [Bound after:] De Republica Lacedaemoniorum Libri IV [...] Lugduni Batavorum [Leiden], Ex officina Joannis a Gelder [colophon: Excudebat Abrahamus Verhoef] 1670. 8vo, pp. [xvi], 573, [iii], with final blank. Title-page with woodcut printer's tortoise vignette, two section-titles with the same vignette. Greek and Latin letter. Light waterstaining, bound in contemporary vellum boards, long sides overlapping, gilt stamps of Society of Writers to the Signet, binding soiled, bottom cover slightly warped. Reprint of the 1593 'editio princeps' of the 4th century BCE Greek-speaking philosopher Heraclides Ponticus's fragmentary work on justice, edited by Nicholas Cragius (1546-1602). It is preceded by Cragius' monograph on the Spartan state, and followed by his edition of the first-cent. Greek-speaking Nicolaus of Damascus' work on 'strange people's customs', which was dedicated to Herod the Great and preserved through excerption by the fifth century anthologist Stobaeus. Schweiger I 133, I 213. Ref: 21339