Appian: (Davies, John, trans.:) The History of Appian of Alexandria, in two parts. The first consisting of the Punick, Syrian, Parthian, Mithridatick, Illyrian, Spanish, and Hannibalick Wars. The Second containing five books of the Civil Wars of Rome... The third edition. London: Printed for John Amery at the Peacock, [...], 1679 Folio, 2 parts in 1, pp. [xiv], 251, [i], 273, [ii]. Title in red and black, woodcut initials and ornaments. First and last four leaves a bit browned and dampstained at margins, title frayed at fore-edge, light age browning throughout, occasional slight marginal foxing, 2B2-3 soiled, long clean tear from fore-edge of 4h2 extending along blank margin. Contemporary full calf, single blind ruled, rebacked with original spine onlaid, scattered loss to covers from binding acid. Modern bookplate of Fox Pointe Collection to front pastedown. The first edition of the second English translation of Appian of Alexandria's important 'Historia Romana'. Written in the 2nd century AD, it spans the origins of Rome to the end of the Republic, with a detailed account of the Civil Wars, which here constitutes the second part. This translation, originally attributed to John Dryden, was produced by John Davies (1627-93) of Kidwelly. After studying at Oxford and Cambridge, and spending some time in France, he was employed by London booksellers as a translator from Latin and French. This copy was in the Fox Pointe Manor Library, a rich collection of 17th-century English imprints gathered by Dr Howard Knohl. ESTC R13368; Hoffmann I, 280. Ref: 53761show full image..
[Augustine of Hippo, Saint] Augustinus, Aurelius: (Sommalius, R.P.H. ed.:) [...] Libri XII Confessionum. Ad 3 MSS. exemp. emendati [...] Coloniae Agrippinae [Cologne]: Sumptibus Cornelii ab Egmond et sociorum, 1649. 24mo. 430pp., [xxvi] (including final blank) with engraved title page of St. Augustine's conversion-vision. Minimal toning, the odd very light marginal water stain. Contemporary sheep, marbled endpapers, gilt pointillé single ruling with gilt fleurons to corners, raised bands, spine gilt ruled into six compartments, five with gilt fleurons, one gilt-lettered. Covers a trifle rubbed. Bookplate of Robert J. Hayhurst to front pastedown. A pocket edition of the 'Confessions', indexed, exquisitely bound and with an attractive title-page. Not in Brunet. Ref: 53162show full image..
Ausonius, Decimus Magnus; Martialis, Marcus Valerius; Catullus, Tibullus & Propertius: Opera, Ex Recognitione Josephi Scaligeri Jul. Caes. F.; Epigrammaton libri XII. Xeniorum liber I. Apopharetorum liber I.; [Works]. [Leiden:] ex officina Plantiniana Raphelengii, 1605; 1606; 1601. 3 works in 1 volume. 24mo., pp. 238, [i]; 272; 213, [iii], includes final blanks to first and last works. Woodcut printer's device to each title-page. Very slightly toned, lower fore-edge corners of leaf N2 of Ausonius and leaf G2 of Catullus torn away though not affecting text apart from the latter's catchword. Contemporary semi-limp vellum, recent red leather and gilt title label to spine, edges coloured red. Both paste-downs lifted, exposing some scraps of vellum MS used as sewing supports. A little cocked, spine slightly creased, a few smudgy marks but very good. A few pencilled bookseller's notes to front endpapers. Small inscription of an illegible name in an old hand to front paste-down recto. 20th-century bookplate ('Georgii Fletcher et Amicorum') to front paste-down verso. Three pocket-sized editions of classical works from the Plantin press, all scarce in the UK with COPAC finding no copies of the Ausonius, one BL copy of the 1606 Martial and only 1587, 1603 and 1613 editions of the Catullus rather than the 1601 found here (WorldCat finds one copy of the 1601 Catullus in Leiden University Library). Schweiger (II, 80) mentions the 1603 edition of Catullus, but no others. Francois Raphelengien joined the Plantin press as a corrector in 1564 and remained there for 25 years until the death of Christopher Plantin, from whom inherited the Leiden branch of the press. Francois died in 1597, followed by his son and heir Christopher only three years later. These works date from the time of his second son Francois II, who was not appointed as printer to the University as his predecessors had been, and who sold the business in 1619. Ref: 52191show full image..
[Bible] The Holy Bible, Containing the Old and New Testaments: Newly Translated out of the Original Tongues: And with the former Translations diligently Compared and Revised. [with] The Book of Common Prayer. [with] The Whole Book of Psalms. Oxford [with] Oxford [with] London: Printed by John Baskett, Printer to the University [with] Printe 1723 [with] 1726 [with] 1723. 4 parts in 2 vols. 4to. I: pp.; II: , 56. I: title and first gathering lightly waterstained at lower blank margin, one leaf repaired not affecting reading, title softened with few marginal tears, one just touching text, occasional spotting or toning, II: occasional toning or mainly marginal spotting, title and verso of last a bit soiled. 18th-century tree calf, marbled endpapers, gilt-lettered labels to spine. Boards and extremities somewhat rubbed. Inscription '15 Sept 1811 Ann Norbys Book' to title; earlier, 18th-century, inscription 'Henrietta Potter her Booke' to first leaf of text. An Oxford edition printed by John Baskett - not recorded, with the present imprint, combination and collation, in Darlow & Moule. Vol. 1 includes the Old Testament - with a title dated 1723 and the specification 'Printer to the University' after Baskett's name - from Genesis to the 'End of the Prophets'. Vol. 2 resumes with the Book of Common Prayer, dated 1726; this is followed by the rest of the Old Testament (beginning at Ddd6), with the Apocrypha; then the New Testament, dated 1723 (beginning with signature Qqq1 and ending with Iiii2), followed by the Index and the Book of Psalms, printed by T. Wood and S. Palmer in London. ESTC T180200 (Book of Psalms); ESTC T81262 (Book of Common Prayer). Ref: 53302show full image..
[Bible] Gutenberg, Johann: Biblia Sacra. [Facsimile of the Gutenberg 42-line Bible] New York: Pageant Books, 1961 Limited edition of 1000 sets, this copy unnumbered. 2 vols., large folio. Text of the entire Gutenberg Bible printed lithographically, the illumination reproduced through sheet-fed gravure. Hand-bound crushed crimson morocco, Gutenberg's initials tooled in blind within large lozenge on both upper covers, spine gilt-lettered, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt, An outstanding, fresh and clean copy of this sumptuous masterpiece of lithography - the first American facsimile of the Gutenberg Bible of 1455. The text is based on the first facsimile ever produced, that of Insel Verlag, 1913-14. The Insel facsimile was produced from two of the most attractive copies, preserved at the Berlin Koniglichen Bibliothek and the Standischen Landesbibliothek in Fulda. This explains the occasional interpolation of leaves with a different (though always German) decorative style, which adds to the charm of the work as it provides different examples of contemporary illumination. The paper is '100 per cent rag content made especially for this book'. This copy is unnumbered and is hand-bound in sumptuous red morocco. Ref: 53756show full image..
Blomefield, Francis: [Parkin, Charles:] An Essay towards a Topographical History of the County of Norfolk, containing a Description of the Towns, Villages, and Hamlets, with the Foundations of Monasteries, Churches, Chapels, Chantries, and other Religious Buildings [...] London: Printed for William Miller [...] by W. Bulmer [...] 1805[-10]. Second edition. 11 vols, 8vo, pp. , [viii-xvi], 548 [iv] + illustrated frontispiece, 4 folding tables, 5 plates (2 folding);  559  + 3 folding tables and 1 folding plate; [viii] 671 ; [viii] 580 + 7 plates, 1 folding map and 2 folding tables;  527 ;  [ii-vii]  521  + 5 plates and 1 folding table;  520  + 4 plates (2 folding) and 2 folding tables;  548 [iv] + 7 plates (4 folding) and 3 folding table;  527  + 4 plate (2 folding) and 1 folding map;  479  + 3 folding tables;  402 , 83   + 1 plate, with engraved headpieces and woodcut text illustrations. Edges uncut, a little dusty, slight yellowing, occasional light marginal foxing, I: half-title a little torn at gutter, II: small stain affecting two words to L4, III: lower outer blank corner of 3C4 and 3G2 torn, IV: plates slightly browned, couple of small tears along folds of 2 folding plates, 1 with small repair, V: 1 plate somewhat browned, VIII: small paper flaw to lower outer blank corner of N1, crude repair to upper outer corner of 2A2 just touching text, bifolium 2N2-3 loose at lower gutter, IX: last gathering loosening, X: small marginal tears, XI: bifolium b*2-3 loosening. Contemporary publisher's blue boards, later endpapers, publisher's paper label to spine, boards sympathetically cleaned, corners a little rubbed, I: joints partly split at head and foot but firm, II: upper hinge starting at head but firm, V: lower hinge starting at foot but firm, publisher's advertisements to front pastedown of vols I, VII: upper joint minimally split at foot, X: lower hinge loosening. Inscription to half-titles: 'Lucy Jane Davey Given by her Aunt Lydia Jan 7 1827'. Second edition of this illustrated topographical survey of Norfolk and its ancient families. The Rev. Francis Blomefield (1705-1752) initially issued the book in parts from a private press at his ecclesiastical living in Fersfield. The work was continued after his death by the Reverend Charles Parkin (1689-1765), and finished by a hack writer employed by the printer. A remarkably unsophisticated copy internally, rarely found in its original publisher's blue boards, with paper labels specifying 'Price Eighteenth Shillings, Boards' on each volume. It includes the plate 'A Map of Marsh land by Sir William Dugdale' (Vol. IX, p. 166) often lacking. Vols I and III feature on the front pastedown a publisher's advertisement, the first advertising the possibility to add the author's portrait to the copy (as here) for an extra 5 shillings, as well as the publication of vols II-IV, the second apologising for not including the plan of Norwich with the city seals, as promised (here present in vol. IV), due to 'the Engraver having disappointed him [the publisher]'. The last few pages of vol. XI include a list of subscribers and 'Directions to the binder' divided by volume, separating plates and pedigrees. Upcott 950 ff. Ref: 53547show full image..
Borlase, William: Antiquities Historical and Monumental, of the County of Cornwall. [...] The second edition, revised, with several Additions... London: Printed by W. Bowyer and J. Nichols, 1769. Folio, pp. [xvi], 464 + 37 engraved plates (2 folding, most in small format, serving as head- or tailpieces). Slight toning, title and verso of last leaf a little dusty, traces of a horizontal fold (probably dating to when the book was in sheets), small repair to verso of pl. 7, upper edge a bit dusty, small tear to Y1-2 and Z1-2 affecting a couple of words, occasional slight spotting or light dampstaining. Modern quarter calf over marbled boards, gilt-lettered label. The second, enlarged edition of William Borlase's (1696-1772) account of the antiquities of Cornwall (first published 1754), with an index containing a Cornish-English vocabulary list. It was 'the first chronological account of the antiquities of the county, and the first book to describe, illustrate, and classify a significant number of them' (ODNB). Book II (over 100 pp.) is entirely devoted to the Druids, their origin, rites, doctrines, idols, symbols, worship, 'superstitions', divination, charms and incantations. Book III (c.140pp.) includes a discussion of rock idols, speaking and healing stones. 'Characteristic of [Borlase] as a scholar was his conscientious exactness in describing and measuring antiquities - he also had a talent for drawing them' (A.L. Rowse, review of Pool's 'William Borlase' in the Spectator, 26 Sept. 1987). ESTC T139784; Upcott II, 82. Ref: 53546show full image..
Boxhorn, Marc Zuerius: (Hartnack, Daniel, ed.:) Chronologia praecipuorum universi orbis imperiorum, regnorum, principatuum, rerumque, publicarum ortus, mutationes, atque occasus designans. Edita atque plurimis additionibus & continuatione usque in praesentem annum aucta a Daniele Hartnaccio [...] Budissae [Budissina]: impensis Friderici Arnstii, typis Johannis Rudolphi Leonis, 1688. Folio, pp. [iv], 251, [i] + 4 folding tables at rear. Title-page in red and black, a few woodcut ornaments. Lightly toned with occasional light foxing, title-page more heavily affected. Some paper repairs to the back of each plate, mostly to edges and attachments, plus a little foxing. Contemporary vellum, edges sprinkled blue. Vellum a bit grubby with a few spots and smudges, a little light foxing to endpapers and their hinges reinforced. A very good copy. To ffep, inscription of Ant. Johnson; to title-page, ex libris inscription possibly in the name of Grosvenor, dated April 26th 1805. Boxhorn (1612-1653), a politician and linguist, was in 1648 successor to Daniel Heinsius as Professor of History at the university of Leiden. Chronologia consists mainly of three-column tables showing important events in both world and church history set next to the reigning monarch of the time. Ref: 52222show full image..
Brisson, Barnabe: Hotman, Antoine and François: De Veteri Ritu Nuptiarum & Jure Connubiorum. Leiden: Hack, 1641. 12mo. pp. 566, (xxii), including engraved titlepage, woodcut initials and ornaments. Tiny worm trail to lower blank margin of first gathering, minor offsetting on last blank, verso of last blank a bit soiled. Full calf c.1800, blind ruled, raised bands, gilt-lettered morocco label. Minor repair to extremities, joints a bit cracked, later endpapers. Label of J.L. Weir to front pastedown, his autograph dated 1945 to ffep; pencilled autograph of James Fowler Kellas Johnstone to verso of engraved titlepage. Contains chapters on wedding ceremonies and on matrimonial law. French jurist and politician Barnabé Brisson's (1531-1591; latinised as Brissonius) public career included holding various positions by appointment of Charles IX and Henry III, among them the sixth president of Parlement. When the Seize took over Paris in 1589, Brisson was sufficiently diplomatic for them to also appoint him first president of the new Parlament, but before long he lost their trust and was executed in 1591. James Fowler Kellas Johnstone (1846-1928) was a specialist in bibliographies of Aberdeen and North East Scotland, and the author, with A.W. Robertson, of 'Bibliotheca Aberdonensis' (1928). J.L. Weir was probably the Scottish historian, author of 'Excerpta Scotica' (1939). Willems, 1615. Ref: 53154show full image..
Caesar, Gaius Julius: (Graevius, J.G., ed.:) Quae Extant Omnia cum Animadversionibus integris Dion. Vossii, J. Davisii... Ex musaeo Joannis Georgii Graevii. Lugd. Bat. [Leiden]: Apud vid. C. Boutesteyn & S. Luchtmans, 1713. 8vo., pp. [xvi], 603, [iv], 604-830, [ii], 833-862, [liv]; 224, including engraved title-page, + engraved portrait, and 14 plates (8 folding). Woodcut initials and ornaments. Slight toning, occasional marginal spotting, light water stain to lower outer blank corner of last few leaves. 18th-century Dutch vellum over boards, double gilt ruled, large gilt fleurons to corners and gilt female personification of Den Haag to centre of both covers, spine double gilt ruled wit large gilt fleurons, title inked to spine. Little soiled, joints a trifle rubbed. Stamp 'Oswald Weigel' to front pastedown; dedication by Isaac Valdkenaer to the student Johan Boreel de Mauregnault to fly; few notes pencilled to rear endpapers. The second and highly-regarded edition of J. G. Graevius's Caesar, published after his death with additional notes by Davies. The attractive plates show troop formations; Dibdin calls it 'the edition usually esteemed the editio optima' (I, 363). Graevius mostly avoided editing Greek authors and poets, with his most-well-known work being on Cicero. 'Edition recherchée, pour la collection variorum' (Brunet I, 1456). Isaac Valdkenaer was rector of the Lation school at Den Haag. Johan Boreel de Mauregnault (b.1719) came from an important family from Zealand; he published his dissertation for a law degree at Leiden in 1739. Dibdin I, 363; Brunet I, 1456. Ref: 53272show full image..