Justinus, Marcus Junianus: (Graevius, Joannes Georgius, ed.:) Historiae Philippicae. Amsterodami [Amsterdam]: Henricum Wetstenium and Traiecti ad Rhenum [Utrecht]: Guillelmum van de Wat 1694. 8vo., pp. [xxiv], 378, [cxxxviii] + engraved frontispiece. Contemporary tan speckled calf, gilt spine with tan morocco label, edges sprinkled red. Spine crackled with a few small chips, joints and edges a little worn, corners bumped. 20th-century bookplate of 'J.E.' to front pastedown. Ms library code to f.f.e.p.. A variorum with the additional notes of Faber (1615-72), Vorst (1623-76) and Scheffer (1621-79), this volume forms part of the twenty-year run of editions of Justinus from 1683, although this particular edition goes unnoticed by Dibdin. Dibdin (4th edn.) II 139 (for the other editions). Ref: 46575
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
[Juvenal] Juvenalis, Decimus Junius; [Persius] Flaccus, Aulus Persius: (Farnaby, Thomas, ed.:) Satyrae. Amstelædami [Amsterdam]: typis Ioannis Blaev, sumptibus Societatis, 1650. 12mo., pp. 189, [i]. Engraved title-page, separate title-page (p.151) preceeding Persius. Faint stain to fore-edge, occasional unobtrusive ink spots, trimmed close at head and fore-edge but not touching text, very good overall. Recent light brown morocco, blind-tooled raised bands to spine with black morocco gilt label, gilt date to tail of spine, all edges red, endpapers replaced, in tan buckram slipcase, binding and case all fine. Preserved bookplate of Joannis Szasz and modern bookbinder's stamp, 'Delrue' to front paste-down. Two illegible names (?) to title-page in old hands. First published in 1612, Farnaby's (1574/5-1647) edition of the satires of Juvenal and Persius was the first in his series of enormously popular works of Latin authors. A celebrated schoolmaster, Farnaby's editions were intended for schoolboys. He was a friend of the writer/lawyer John Selden, and Wood called him "the chief Grammarian, Rhetorician, Poet, Latinist and Grecian of his time" (ODNB). Ref: 49801
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..
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
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..