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A Kempis, Thomas: L'Imitation de Jesus-Christ. Traduction nouvelle. Paris: Chez Saillant [...] Despilly [...] Desaint, 1767. 12mo. pp. [ii], xl, 409, [iii]. Half-title, engraved frontispiece, 5 engraved plates, armorial decoration on p. v. Small tear to lower edge of frontispiece, occasional very minor spotting on plates, lower edge of plate 3 shaved, 2 leaves misbound. 18th century crimson crushed morocco, marbled endpapers, triple gilt ruled, gilt fleurons to corners, raised bands, spine gilt ruled with gilt dentelles, fleurons, stars and tendrils, inner and outer edges gilt, a.e.g., silk bookmark. Covers minimally rubbed, sympathetic repair at head of spine. Bookplate of Robert J. Hayhurst to front pastedown. Exquisitely bound French translation of Thomas a Kempis devotional masterpiece. It was prepared by Louis-Isaac Lemaistre de Sacy (1613-84), priest, humanist and author of the Bible de Port Royal, the most used translation in 18th century France. Not in Brunet.   Ref: 53165  show full image..
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Adams, Tracy: Christine de Pizan and the Fight for France. University Park, PA: Penn State University Press, 2014. 8vo., pp. 232. Hardback. Dust-jacket. New: unopened in publisher's shrink-wrap.   Ref: 53374 
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Adelmann, Howard B.: Marcello Malpighi and the Evolution of Embriology. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1966. First edition. 5 vols. pp. [xxiv], 726 + 1 folding plate; [x], [4], 727-1013, [7] + 11 folding plates; [x], [4], 1017-1526; [x], [5], 1528-2062; [x], [5], 2064-2475, all with illustrated frontispiece. First two leaves (acknowledgements) of vol. 1 loose, else very good copies. Blue cloth, the odd spot or scratch, spines a bit faded, modern library stamp to front free endpaper, small paper label to spine of vols. 2-5, but still very good. 'Peerless among monographs in the history of science' ('BioScience', 1967).   Ref: 53423  show full image..
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[Aelian] Aelianus, Claudius: [...] Cl. Aeliani Sophistae Varia Historia, Cum Notis Integris Conradi Gesneri, Johannis Schefferi, Tanaquilli Fabri, Joachimi Kuhnii, Jacob Perizonii, & interpretatione Latina Justi Vulteii [...] Curante Abrahamo Gronovio [...] Lugd. Bat. [Leiden] Amstelodami {Amsterdam] Roterodami [Rotterdam] Ultrajecti [Utrecht] Hagae [The H 1731 2 vols. 4to. pp. [98], 1-640, [2], 641-1056, [160] + added prize book leaf. With half title, engraved title, printed title pages in red and black, and occasional small engraved text illustrations. Minor traces of adhesive at gutter of half-title, engraved title slightly adhering to title at gutter, slight toning, clean tear from edge to blank margin of second k4. 19th-century polished tree calf, marbled endpapers, single gilt ruled, gilt inscription 'Praemium gymnasii Franequerani MDCCCXLIX' to upper covers, spine gilt, gilt-lettered morocco label. Extremities of spine minimally rubbed. Prize book certificate of Franeker dated 1849 tipped-in at front of vol. I, addressed to Hector van Sminia and signed by the Rector. 'An admirable edition'. Included in the list of best quarto variorum editions provided by Dibdin in the 3rd edition of his 'Introduction to the Classics'. This prize book was awarded to the Frisian Hector van Sminia, whose namesake ancestor was ennobled in 1816. He was a student at the gymnasium of Franeker. That an 18th-century book was rebound and presented as a prize by the school suggest this may have once been in the library of the University of Franeker, closed down by Napoleon in 1811, and later in the Athenaeum established in its place until 1843. Dibdin I, 231; Schweiger I, 3; Hoffmann I, 13.   Ref: 53361  show full image..
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Ahrensdorf, Peter J.: Homer on the Gods & Human Virtue: Creating the Foundations of Classical Civilization. Cambridge University Press, 2014. First edition. 8vo., pp. x, 271. Hardback. Contents and binding mint. Dust-jacket, fine.   Ref: 53255 
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Alexander, Jonathan J. G.: The Painted Book In Renaissance Italy. Yale University Press, 2016. Large 4to. (289 x 256 mm). Hardback. Dust-jacket. New: unopened in publisher's shrink-wrap.   Ref: 53364 
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Alfieri, Alberto: (Weinberg, Carla P. & Matter, E. Ann, eds. & trans.:) Education, Civic Virtue, and Colonialism in Fifteenth-Century Italy: The Ogdoas of Alberto Alfieri. Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2011. 8vo., pp. 204. Hardback: laminated decorative boards. New, still in publisher's shrink-wrap. Volume 365 in the ACMRS Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies series.   Ref: 53643 
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Allen, James Lane: A Kentucky Cardinal and Aftermath. London: Macmillan & Co., 1901 First English editions. 8vo, pp. xxxii, 286, [2, advertisements], with 48 (including frontispiece) wood-engraved plates. Frontispiece, title and last verso slightly foxed. Original publisher's cloth, richly gilt. The first English editions of these two interesting works by the American novelist James Lane Allen (1849-1925), here handsomely illustrated by Hugh Thomson. First published separately in 1894 and 1895 respectively, they are two parts of the same narrative, concerning Lane Allen's own childhood in Lexington, Kentucky, before and during the American Civil War, and in the Reconstruction period.   Ref: 53776 
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Anacreon: Odaria, ad textus Barnesiani fidem emendata. Accedunt variae lectiones cura Eduardi Forster. Londini [London]: Sumptibus editoris excudebant Gul. Bulmer et Soc., 1802. 8vo., pp. [iv], 130. Frequent engraved head- and tail-pieces. Later green morocco, spine divided by raised bands, lettered in gilt direct, turn-ins gilt, all edges gilt. Title-page loosening, occasional minor spotting. Spine just slightly darkened, a touch of rubbing to head and corners. Armorial bookplate of Tervoe to front pastedown. An attractive printing of the Odes attributed to Anacreon, illustrated somewhat in the fashion of Pine's Horace (although the text is letterpress).   Ref: 53228  show full image..
£120
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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  show full image..
£95
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