Justinus, Marcus Junianus: (Gronovius, A., ed.:) Historiae Philippicae cum integris commentariis [...] et excerptis H. Loriti Glareani atque Editoris Oxoniensis. Lugduni Batavorum [Leiden], apud Samuelum et Joannem Luchtmans 1760. 8vo., pp. [xliv] 1034 [lxxi] + frontispiece. Title-page in red and black. Light age-yellowing, light spotting, a good copy bound in contemporary vellum boards, gilt arms of Arnhem stamped on covers, red morocco gilt label; binding darkened, peeling to spine label, ties removed, loss to label. Second Abraham Gronovius edition, following that of 1719. "The edition of 1760 is considered as a standard work, in which the text of the author, with select and valuable notes, is given with great purity and accuracy" (Dibdin). Dibdin (4th edn.) II 140. Schweiger II 493. Ref: 22470show full image..
[Juvenal] Juvenali, Decimus Junius: (Hennin, Heinrich Christian de, ed.:) Satyrae: scholiis veterum, & fere omnium eruditorum, qui ex professo in eas scripserunt, commentariis tam antea vulgatis; quam novis; partim integris, ut Is. Grangaei, Jo. Britannici, Nic. Rigaltii, Pet. Pithoei & aliorum: partim selectis, ut G. Vallae, Eilh. Ultrajecti [Utrecht]: Typis & sumtibus Rudolphi a Zyll, 1685. 4to., pp. [xxxii], 980, [lxviii], including additional engraved title-page. Woodcut intials, head- and tail-pieces. Occasional annotations in an old hand, e.g. pp.25, 97, 217. Gathering 4C misbound. Some scattered light foxing, a few very faint dampstains, lacuna to fore-edge margin of leaf 4Q3 with the detached piece loosely inserted, fore-edges of engraved title-page and preceeding blank reinforced with clear matte tape. Contemporary vellum, title inked to spine, blind-tooled boards, edges sprinkled red. Vertical groove to spine with vellum repaired near tail, part of textblock protruding opposite spine groove, endpapers replaced, a good working copy. Illegible round library inkstamp to title-page. 'The character of Henninius, as an editor of Juvenal, stands high in the literary world, and this valuable edition will never be in want of purchasers.' (Dibdin) Dibdin II (4th edn.) 154; Schweiger II, 504. Ref: 51120
Kennett, White: Parochial Antiquities Attempted in the History of Ambrosden, Burcester, and Other Adjacent Parts in the Counties of Oxford and Bucks. Oxford: Printed at the Theater 1695. First edition. 4to., pp. [xvi] 703 [cxlvi] + 9 plates (8 folding). Spotted and intermittently browned, small burnholes to 2 leaves causing loss of at most 2 letters, a spot of marginal worming at end (once just touching a letter), a few pencil and early ink marginal notes (some shaved). Later calf, boards bordered in gilt line and blind rolls (with gilt cornerpieces), sometime rebacked with gilt-ruled and stamped spine, red and green morocco labels with gilt, hinges relined with strong paper, scratched, rubbed around the edges, corners & sides worn, leather peeling a bit on upper board. The first edition of "the first substantial parish history", which, "tracing the land tenures in north Oxfordshire before and after the Norman conquest, [...] showed that a new structure of landholding was imposed by William I" (ODNB). "The volume contains nine plates of churches and seats, by Michael Burghers, distinguished by a certain kind of character, like that of the Flemish school of painters, which is exceedingly amusing and attractive" (Cens. Lit., 2nd edn., Art. CCCXXIII). Upcott III 1070. Ref: 23540show full image..
Kilburne, Richard: A Topographie or Survey of the County of Kent. With Some Chronological, Historicall, and Other Matters Touching the Same: and the Several Parishes and Places therein. London: Thomas Mabb for Henry Atkinson [...], 1659. Small 4to. (177 x 135mm), pp. [viii], 422, [xii] + portrait frontispiece. Numerous errors in pagination as usual, list of Contents incorrectly bound before the dedication rather than after. Woodcut initials and head- and tail-pieces. Occasional light smudges and spots of foxing, a little toning along head of title-page, a smudge of red pigment to tail edge of final leaf perhaps indicating the original edge colour. Late 19th- or early 20th-century brown polished sheep neatly rebacked with original spine retained, gilt title and blind tooling to spine, blind-tooled borders to boards, edges marbled, grey endpapers. A little rubbed but a very good copy overall. Recent armorial bookplate of Robert Edmund Lloyd-Roberts to front paste-down. Two MS pencil notes to the ffep verso, the first concerning the placement of the list of Contents, the second recording that this book was 'acquired at the sale at Godmersham Park, the home of Mrs Robert Tritton. 8th June 1983.' Built in 1732 by Thomas May (later Knight), Godmersham Park was inherited by Edward Austen (brother of Jane Austen) in 1794. He was a cousin of the Knight family, who had adopted him in the early 1780s; when his adoptive mother died in 1812 he changed his name to Knight. Jane was a regular visitor to Godmersham Park and is said to have used the house as a model for Mansfield Park. The house passed through several more hands before being bought in 1935 by Robert Tritton and his wife Elsie, whose death in 1983 prompted the Christie's auction mentioned above. In his 'Epistle Dedicatory', Kilburne writes of his intention to present 'the Kent of his own day', and to depict 'the county as it was before the Civil War'. Hasted, in his 1797 History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent, dismisses Kilburne's work as being 'little more than a Directory'. However, 'Kent was not well served by early topographers, and Kilburne's small survey was extensively quoted on sixteen occasions by Robert Furley and, over the years in Archaeologia Cantiana, as a first source of reference, and not without some praise. The Topographie devoted disproportionate attention to Hawkhurst: 10 pages out of 422, or, in the words of one writer, 'as much space to it as to twenty other average parishes' (Archaeologia Cantiana, 5, 1863, 59). Kilburne justified this, however: "In respect I finde not any description of this Parish … it having been the place of my habitation for above twenty eight years last past (God's Providence having also there lent me an inheritance), I thought fit to enlarge my selfe upon this place. (Kilburne, 126)"'. (ODNB) Ref: 50494
Kirchmann, Johannes: (Long, Georgius; Gorlaeus, Abrahamus; Kornmann, Henricus:) De Annulis liber singularis. Accedunt Georgii Longi, Abrahami Gorlaei, et Henr. Kornmanni De iisdem Tractatus absolutissimi. Lugd. Batav. [Leiden], Apud Hackios, 1672. 4 works in one. 12mo., pp. [xxiv], 249, [xxvii]; 140, [xxii]; 22; 65, [iii]. Additional engraved title-page, three divisional titles bearing the same date and printer's device as title-page, one engraved illustration within the text, some woodcut initials, Latin text with some Greek excerpts. A few faint marginal stains, otherwise internally bright. Contemporary vellum, faded ink title to spine, edges lightly sprinkled brown. A little yellowed, some smudgy marks, small spot of wax (?) to upper board, pastedowns lifted and quite tattered at gutters, very good. Tiny ms note in an old hand to front paste-down. A collection of essays on the subject of rings, first published in Schleswig in 1657. Cited as a reference in the Encyclopaedia Britannica (11th Edition). Ref: 49892
[Knox, Vicesimus:] Epistles, Elegant, Familiar, & Instructive, Selected from the Best Writers, Ancient as well as Modern; intended for the improvement of Young Persons and for General Entertainment: being a proper Supplement to Extracts in Prose, & in Poetry. London: printed for Mssrs. Rivington, Longman et al, 1791. 8vo., pp. iv, [xii], 776 + additional engraved title-page. Text in two columns. Contemporary dark brown calf, gilt spine with red morocco title label, edges sprinkled blue. Spine creased, endcaps repaired, rubbed, a few light scrapes to boards, a good copy with some interesting provenance. To ffep, the ownership inscription of George Kenyon, 2nd Baron Kenyon, dated '1796, Christ Church'. Kenyon (1776–1855) matriculated at Christ Church College, Oxford in 1794 and took his BA in 1797. He went on to become an activist against Catholic emancipation, in 1810 writing the pamphlet Observations on the Roman Catholic Question, which 'was an incisive statement of the arguments against emancipation, in which he argued that concession would subvert the protestant nature of the government, the basis of the succession to the throne, and the union of church and state', and which was later reprinted on several occasions. 'He was, however, implicated in the disgrace of the Orange order in 1836 when [...] it was pilloried as a secret society possibly conspiring to subvert the succession to the throne. Kenyon's own conduct was imprudent rather than seditious, but his reputation suffered and thereafter he largely withdrew from public life.'(ODNB). To the front paste-down is the later inscription of Kenyon's daughter Marianne (1807-1866), dated 1834 and noting, 'From my dearest Papa'. Slightly overlapping Marianne's inscription is a small bookplate printed 'H. Kenyon, The Gelli'. This is likely Henrietta Kenyon (1839-1903), daughter of George's son the 2nd Baron, who with her sister Georgina (1834-1919) commissioned the building of The Gelli, a 'small' country house in the Borough of Wrexham, in 1877. A large armorial bookplate of the Kenyon family arms with motto dominates the rest of the front paste-down. Ref: 51467
Langtoft, Peter; (Hearne, Thomas, ed.): Peter Langtoft's Chronicle, (as illustrated and improv'd by Robert of Brunne) from the Death of Cadwalader to the end of K. Edward the First's Reign. Transcrib'd, and now first publish'd, from a MS. in the Inner-Temple Library [...] Oxford: printed at the Theatre, 1725. 2 vols. 8vo., pp. ccxxxii, 230; [ii], 235-722, [ii]. List of subscribers to vol.I, vol.II with its own title-page and a single-leaf advertisement to rear. Woodcut head- and tail-pieces and a few initials. A little sporadic foxing and light toning but generally clean. Recently rebound in mustard half calf, raised bands, spines blind tooled and highlighted in green with a little gilt, orange spine labels with gilt titles, dark brown marbled boards, edges sprinkled brown and red, endpapers renewed, very good. Uniformly bound with our stock number 51815, Antiquarii Warwicensis Historia Regum Angliae (1745). Peter Langtoft (d. in or after 1305) was a chronicler, and Augustinian canon of Bridlington Priory. 'With twenty-one medieval manuscripts still surviving, his work seems to have been the most widely diffused Anglo-Norman chronicle after the Brut d'Engleterre and Wace's Brut. His chronicle consists in fact of three books, all of them in verse: an abridgement and adaptation of Wace's Brut, 3010 lines long; a history of Saxon and Norman kings until the death of Henry III, 4200 lines long; and a history of Edward I, with whom he was contemporary. This third book, which is the most informative, consists of 2022 lines in its first redaction and 2591 lines in its second.' (ODNB) ESTC T154205 Ref: 51817
Leland, John: (Hearne, Thomas, ed.:) The Itinerary of John Leland the Antiquary, in Nine Volumes. The Second Edition: Collated and Improved from the Original MS. With the Addition also of a General Index. Oxford: printed at the Theatre, 1745 (vol. I); 1744 (vols. II-IX). Second edition. 9 volumes, 8vo., pp. [xiv], xxv, [i], 146, [ii]; [iv], xvi, 139, [i]; x, 172, [ii]; xvi, 172; xxviii, 166; xviii, 146; xxvi, 143, [i]; xlviii, 104; 45, [i]; xliv, [ii], 134, 83, [i] + 3 plates (2 to vol.II and 1 folding to vol.VIII). Many further illustrations in the text, index to all volumes at rear of vol.VIII. A little occasional light foxing mostly limited to first and final leaves but generally very clean and bright within. Contemporary mottled calf, gilt spines with raised bands, orange morocco title labels (one partially lost), plain gilt borders, edges sprinkled red, marbled endpapers. A little rubbed, top edges slightly dusty, vols. 6, 8 & 9 upper joints just starting at tail but still an exceptionally handsome set. The second edition of the important 'itineraries' of the poet and antiquary John Leland (c.1503-1552), who made a number of trips around England and Wales under some kind of commission from the king to do research in libraries. Continuing his travels he made regular notes intending to produce a number of works, none of which appeared. Nonetheless, 'his undertaking was an extraordinarily ambitious one and marks the beginning of English topographical studies' (ODNB). Leland's notes found their way into the Bodleian and, recognising their importance, sub-librarian Thomas Hearne (1678-1735) arranged for their printing in 1710-12. Only 120 copies of the first edition were printed, meaning that it quickly became prohibitively expensive and very difficult to obtain. This second edition, still running to only 350 copies, followed after Hearne's death. ESTC T135478 Ref: 51571
[Leti, Gregorio:] [Havers, George, trans.:] Il Cardinalismo di Santa Chiesa; or the History of the Cardinals of the Roman Church, From the Time of their First Creation, to the Election of the Present Pope Clement the Ninth, with a Full Account of his Conclave. In Three Parts. Written in Italian by the Author of the Nipotismo di Roma, and Faithfully Englished by G.H. London: printed for J[ohn]. S[tarkey]. and are to be sold by Dorman Newman at the Chirurgeons Armes 1670. Folio, pp. [vi], 330, [ii] + portrait frontispiece depicting Pope Clemens IX. Lacks printer's catalogue at A4, though the second catalogue at Uu2 is present. Woodcut initials and head-pieces, a little illegible MS to title-page. Paper flaw to centre of leaf L2 causing a short closed tear, affecting text but not legibility; gathering M with light stain to gutter; very occasional tiny scorch holes never affecting more than a letter or two; leaf Oo4 a little creased at foot of gutter; lower corner of leaf Ss margin lost not affecting text; occasional light spots and smudges, a few light ink blots mostly affecting p.275. Contemporary brown sheep, black gilt label to spine, edges heavily sprinkled red and blue. Very worn, a bit cocked, joints worn and splitting, chips to edges, corners fraying, endpapers split at inner hinges. A contemporary, unsophisticated, but very tired binding housing what is still a very good textblock. To front paste-down, 19th-century bookplate of The Hope Trust, 31 Moray Place, Edinburgh, with a pencil note signed by Martin Jones: 'July 1987 - from Boris Guzzman'; small, round inkstamp with the initials R.L. II. Small round paper label (toned) to spine with 'G.70' written in. First published in Italian in 1668 as Il Cardinalissimo di Santa Chiesa. Gregorio Leti (1630–1701) was a historian and satirist originally from Milan, now most remembered for his works about the Catholic Church and especially the papacy; everything he published went onto the Index Librorum Prohibitorum. Leti is unsurprisingly described in The Catholic Encyclopedia as "mendacious and inexact", but religious and secular writers alike question his accuracy. In 1680 Leti joined the court of Charles II and was commissioned to write a history of England. The Earl of Anglesey gave Leti access to his library, as did Bishop Gilbert Burnet. Among his publications during his time in England was the first proper, though heavily embellished, attempt at a Life of Elizabeth I. In 1683 his Il Teatro Britannico offended the King, and he fled to Amsterdam. Ref: 52061
Libanius: (Wolfius, J.C., ed.:) Epistolae. Quas nunc primum maximam partem e variis codicibus, manu exaratis, edidit, Latine convertit & notis illustravit. Amstelaedami [Amsterdam]: Apud Janssonio-Waesbergios. 1738. Editio princeps. Folio, pp. [xx] 865 [i] + school prize leaf. Title page in red and black, engraved device. Sporadic foxing, some dustiness to upper margins. Contemporary vellum, faded ink title to spine, spine and boards tooled in gilt, armorial Amsterdam gilt centrepiece to both boards, edges sprinnkled red. Darkened and a bit soiled, some gilt rubbed, scuffed at edges, small red ink blot to lower board, ties lost. Printed school prize leaf with engraved vignettte, inscribed to Jano Lissone 16th April 1786. The first collected printing of the letters of Libanius, the fourth-century AD rhetorician. More than 1500 of his letters survive, the largest extant collection from antiquity, and only brief selections had been previously edited. Wolf's magisterial volume not only prints as many as were known but also includes Latin translations for each letter; Smith called it 'the best edition' (Dict. Gr. & Rom. Bio.), and it is still cited in modern editions. Brunet III, 1050; Graesse IV, 195; Hoffman II; Spoelder, 493 (Amst. 12). Ref: 46584show full image..