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Aelian; Porphyry; Philo of Byzantium: (Hercher, Rudolf, ed.:) Aeliani De Natura Animalium Varia Historia, Epistolae et Fragmenta. Porphyrii Philosophi de Abstinenta et de Antro Nympharum. Philonis Byzantii De Septem Orbis Spectaculis. Recognovit Adnotatione Critica et Indicibus Instruxit Rud. Hercher. Parisiis [Paris]: Editore Ambrosio Firmin Didot, Instituti Imperialis Franciae Typographo, 1858. Large 8vo. (255 x 170mm), pp. lxx, [ii], 541, [iii], 113, [iii]. Parallel Greek and Latin texts. Extensive annotation to text, front endpapers and on loosely inserted sheets. Half-title, title, dedication last few leaves of index a bit foxed. Sturdily rebound in blue buckram with gilt title to spine, now a bit rubbed and with a few faint marks but a very good, sound copy. Ownership inscription of Alan Griffiths, UCL to ffep along with a note, 'Re-bound by J.P. Gray & Son Ltd / Sept. 1952.' To the leaf preceding the half-title, ownership inscription of A.F. Scholfield of King's College, Cambridge dated 1949. Includes bibliographical references and indexes.   Ref: 51968 
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[Aelian] Aelianus, Claudius: (Le Fèvre, Tanneguy, ed.:) Varia Historia. Salmurii [Saumur]: Apud Ioannem Le'Nerium, 1668. 16mo., pp. [viii] 341 [iii] 99, 200-428 (text continuous). Text in facing pages of Greek and Latin. Just a little spotting. Contemporary vellum boards, spine lettered in ink, long sides overlapping, spine a little darkened and scuffed in one place. Booklabel of M. Borluut to upper pastedown, purchase note dated 1862 and ownership inscription of Prudentia van Duyse (1858) to f.f.e.p. Edited by the French scholar Tanaquil Faber, or Tanneguy Le Fèvre (1615-1672), based on the second Scheffer edition of 1662 (a poor choice, as it apparently had 'more errors and imperfections than in any edition of Aelian whatever' - c.f. Dibdin). Dibdin (4th edn.) I 230. Schweiger I 3.   Ref: 27777  show full image..
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Albini, Umberto & Gigante, Marcello, (series eds.:) Studi Italiani di Filologia Classica. LXXXV Annata, Terza Serie, Volume X Foscicoli I-II. Giornate Pisane, Atti del IX Congresso della F.I.E.C., 24-30 Agosto 1989. Firenze: Felice Le Monnier, 1992. 2 vols. 8co., pp. IX, [iii], 714, [ii]; [vii], 718. Pink card covers. Spines faded, a little light shelf wear but very good overall.   Ref: 51624 
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Anacreon: (Amaduzzi, G.C., ed.:) Teiou Mele: praefixo commentario quo poetae genus traditur et bibliotheca Anacreonteia adumbratur : additis var. lect. Parmae: in aedibus Palatinis [Parma: Bodoni], 1791. One of only 150 copies. 16mo. in 4s, large paper copy (141x100mm), pp. [iv], cxviii, [ii], 111, [i]. Two engraved portraits to title pages, text in Greek with commentaries in Latin. Very occasional marginal foxing, small marginal tear to p.91. Contemporary vellum, black morocco labels and gilt to spine, a.e.g.. Upper joint split but neatly repaired in vellum, lower joint starting. Binding a little soiled particularly at spine, labels slightly chipped. Armorial bookplate of John Wells Esq. to front paste-down, with small Greek inscription. Armorial bookplate of 'Gul. D. Geddes, Equitis' to rear paste-down. 'The editions of 1785 and 1791 are printed in capital letters, and more elegant and exquisitely finished productions cannot be conceived.' (Dibdin). In 1791 Bodoni actually printed two editions of Anacreon, with this being from the larger of the two - often catalogued as an octavo, despite its squarer shape, and printed entirely in capitals as per Dibdin - and the smaller having the proportions of a 12mo. and using lowercase type as well. This copy was formerly owned by Sir William Duguid Geddes (1828-1900), professor of Greek and Principal of the University of Aberdeen, and author of works including A Greek Grammar (1855), an edition of the Phaedo of Plato (1863) and The Problem of the Homeric Poems (1878). . Dibdin (4th edn.) I 265.   Ref: 46280 
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Anacreon: (Brunck, Richard Francois Philippe, ed.:) Carmina. Accedunt Selecta Quaedam e Lyricorum Reliquiis. Argentorati [Strasbourg]: apud J.G. Treuttel, 1786. Third edition. 18mo., pp. [ii], 149, [i]. A little toned towards edges, some light patches of foxing. Green straight-grain morocco, raised bands and gilt title to spine, gilt borders, a.e.g.. Patchy colour fading, joints and corners worn, some scratches, still very good overall. Armorial bookplate of Thomas Sewell to front paste-down. "These are the most beautiful and accurate editions; the latter [i.e. this, of 1786] was twice published in the same year, and has the text of the Roman edition of Spalleti, but with corrections: it was a favourite edition" (Dibdin). Dibdin (4th edn.) I. 264.   Ref: 51271 
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Anon.: Excerpta Lyrica. Rugby: Crossley and Billington, 1866. First edition. 8vo., pp. 16. Greek text. Moderate foxing throughout, not affecting legibility. Original plain wrappers, foxed, worn with some loss to extremities. Ownership inscription of H. Lee Warner and his light pencil notes to wrapper and a few places in text. A scarce survival (not located in Copac) of an aid to the teaching of Classics, specifically Greek, at Rugby School.   Ref: 45694 
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Antoninus Liberalis: (Xylander, Wilhelm, trans.; Munckerus, Thomas, edit.:) [Metamorphoseon Synagoge] Transformationum Congeries. Amstelodami [Amsterdam]: apud Janssonio-Waesbergios, 1676. 12mo., pp. (xxxvi), 339, (xxxiii), including an additional engraved title-page by C. Decker. Greek and Latin texts on facing pages, some woodcut initials. Very occasional light spots and smudges, a few tiny closed tears at edges. Contemporary semi-limp vellum, title inked to spine, gilt borders with acorn corner tools and an Upsilon centrepiece to each board. Head-cap slightly creased, lightly yellowed, a few light smudgy marks, ties lost, endpapers a little grubby but a very good copy overall. This centrepiece was used in the 17th and 18th centuries on prize books from the Latin School of Delft. Known as The Metamorphoses, Antoninus Liberalis' only surviving work is a collection of forty-one brief tales of mythical transformation. Written in conversational prose rather than the more usual verse, its modern translator Francis Celoria notes that the koine Greek in which it is written is, whilst entirely acceptable, also 'grimly simple'. Wilhelm Xylander first printed the text in 1568; since then some leaves of the single surviving manuscript (late 9th century) have disappeared, making the editio princeps a necessary textual authority. Willems 1894; Hoffmann I 193; Spoelder 527   Ref: 51785 
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Aphthonius: (Cattaneo, Giovanni Maria & Rodolphus Agricola, trans.:) Progymnasmata. [...] Novissima editio, superioribus emendatior, & concinnior. Amsterodami [Amsterdam]: Apud Ludovicum Elzevirum. 1645. 12mo., pp. [ii] 400 [xii] + additional engraved title (the top margin trimmed just to image border, probably removing an inscription). A faint intermittent dampmark to outer margin. Contemporary vellum boards, title inked to spine, lightly soiled, binding slightly strained. A reimpression of the first Elzevir edition of the rhetorical textbook of the sophist Aphthonius (1642), translated into Latin by Agricola and Cattaneo; the engraved title retains the earlier date. Willems 1018.   Ref: 29960 
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Apollonius Rhodius: (Gillies, Marshall M., ed.:) The Argonautica of Appollonius Rhodius Book III. New York: Arno Press, 1979. Reprint. 8vo., pp. xlviii, 160. Text in Greek. Laminated boards, gilt-lettered to spine and upper board, spine slightly faded, very good. Ownership inscription of C.D.N. Costa in pen to front paste-down. Reprint of the 1928 edition published by Cambridge University Press. In the series Greek Texts and Commentaries.   Ref: 50949 
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Aristophanes: (Burman, Pieter II, ed.:) (Bergler, S.; Duker, K.A.:) Comoediae undecim, Graece et Latine [...] Lugduni Batavorum [Leiden]: apud Samuelem et Joannem Luchtmans, 1760. First edition thus. 2 vols. in 1, 4to., pp. [vi], 34, 567, [i]; [iv] 572-1259 [i]. Half-title to vol. I., title-pages in red and black with engraved vignettes, engraved initials and decorations. Very light sporadic foxing. Near-contemporary prize binding, gilt spine with raised bands; gilt border, frame and Amsterdam coat-of-arms centrepiece to each board. Edges lightly sprinkled blue and red, slight remains of green silk ties to fore-edges, now lost. Vellum now a bit darkened but still a very attractive Dutch prize binding. School presentation certificate bound in at front. Letterpress printed and completed by hand, with engraved Amsterdam coat-of-arms, it is inscribed to Wilhelm Röell and dated 20th April 1810. Edited by Pieter II Burman (1714-1778), this printing of Aristophanes' plays contains the hitherto unpublished notes of the colourful Greek scholar Stephan Bergler (c.1680-1740). Bergler, born in Brasov in Transylvania, was secretary in Bucharest to Nicholas Mavrocordato, Prince of Wallachia. He "made many enemies by his dissipated habits and cynical disposition" and according to rumour converted to Islam in Istanbul ('Ency. Brit.' 11th edn.; see also preface to the present book, p.3 ff., and NBG). Dibdin observes that the 'notes of Bergler are very good, and the edition is correctly printed.' Dibdin (4th edn.) I 301. Schweiger I 46.   Ref: 51352 
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