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[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: [764]pp.; II: [558], 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, II: title and verso a bit soiled. Both volumes with occasional spotting and browning and light toning otherwise. 18th-century mottled 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: 53302  show full image..
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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. [5], [viii-xvi], 548 [iv] + illustrated frontispiece, 4 folding tables, 5 plates (2 folding); [4] 559 [5] + 3 folding tables and 1 folding plate; [viii] 671 [1]; [viii] 580 + 7 plates, 1 folding map and 2 folding tables; [4] 527 [5]; [4] [ii-vii] [1] 521 [3] + 5 plates and 1 folding table; [4] 520 [4] + 4 plates (2 folding) and 2 folding tables; [4] 548 [iv] + 7 plates (4 folding) and 3 folding table; [2] 527 [5] + 4 plate (2 folding) and 1 folding map; [4] 479 [5] + 3 folding tables; [6] 402 [2], 83 [1] [18] + 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: 53547  show full image..
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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: 53546  show full image..
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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: 52222  show full image..
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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. Willems, 1615.   Ref: 53154  show full image..
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Calpurnius Siculus, Titus; Nemesianus, Marcus Aurelius Olympius: Bucolica. Nuper a situ, & squallore vindicata, nouisque commentarijs exposita opera, ac studio Roberti Titii Burgensis. Florentiae [Florence]: Apud Philippum Iunctam, 1590. 4to., pp. [viii], 206, [4]. Later limp vellum (binder's waste containing 17th century printed matter), spine lettered in ink, lower edge of text-block also lettered in ink. Small stain to upper forecorner at beginning and end, a little spotting elsewhere. Binding somewhat soiled, ties lost. Old paper shelfmark label to spine, old inscription to final page of text ('C. de ? Torrepalma?'). The Eclogues of Calpurnius Siculus, Roman poet of uncertain date (though certainly post-Virgil) and Marcus Aurelius Olympius Nemesianus of the 3rd-century AD, as edited by Roberto Titi (1551-1609), professor at Bologna. Eleven bucolic poems survive in the manuscript tradition attributed to Calpurnius, though four were obviously of different authorship and are now firmly placed under Nemesianus's name The editio princeps was printed by Sweynheym and Pannartz and numerous editions followed, with this one having some of the most substantial commentary, including Titi's work and commentary in the form of a letter by Ugolino Martelli (1519-1592). Adams C155; CNCE 47089.   Ref: 53229  show full image..
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Catullus; Tibullus; Propertius: Opera. Londini [London]: Impensis J. F. & C. Rivington, T. Longman, & T. Cadell, 1776. 12mo, pp. [xxx], 243, [279]. Slightly later vellum boards, spine lettered in gilt, marbled edges and endpapers. Some light spotting. Binding a little marked, spine darkened. Pencil ownership inscription to title-page, ownership inscription of Richard Bingham Jr dated 1813 to initial blank. A pleasant copy of the second Maittaire edition of Catullus, Tibullus and Propertius, one of several reprints of the 1710s Latin classics published by Tonson and Watts done around this time. ESTC T129189   Ref: 53791  show full image..
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Catullus; Tibullus; Propertius: Pristino nitori restituti, & ad optima Exemplaria emendati. Accedunt Fragmenta Cornelio Gallo inscripta. Lugduni Batavorum [Leiden]: [n.pr. but A. U. Coustelier?], 1743. 12mo, pp. xvi, 344 + frontispiece and 2 other engraved plates. Early 20th-century rust-coloured morocco, smooth spine and front board somewhat amateurishly lettered in gilt with a gilt monogram to front board. Some light spotting, a dampmark to frontispiece, two leaves with blank fore-corner torn away. Binding marked, slightly rubbed at extremities, pastedowns creased. An early volume from the 'Barbou Collection', a series of small-format Latin classics imitative of the work of the Elsevirs, which was taken over by Joseph Barbou in the 1750s. The project was started by Antoine-Urbain Coustelier in the early 1740s, making this one of the first titles issued. It appears in two variants, as here with an anonymous and probably false Leiden imprint, and also with the Paris imprint of Coustelier. The binding is unusual and appears to be the work of an amateur in the early part of the 20th century; the leather is high quality and worked competently if plainly, while the lettering struggles with level, spacing, and mis-strikes. Stylistically (in the leather colour and the face used for the lettering) it has a slight resemblance to the plainest work by Cockerell or the W.H. Smith bindery.   Ref: 53790  show full image..
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Clarke, Samuel: A General Martyrologie containing a Collection of All the Greatest Persecutions which have Befallen the Church of Christ [...] London: Printed for William Birch, 1677 Folio. 3 parts in 1, pp. [2], [36], 544, [2], 214, 217-315, 318-483, [5], plus frontispiece with engraved author's portrait, 11 engraved plates, 11 half-page engraved portraits of theologians, decorated initials and ornaments. Light browning, blank recto of frontispiece, title, verso of last leaf and upper edge of last two gatherings dust-soiled, upper margin lightly waterstained and softened or a trifle frayed in places, long tear without loss from lower edge extending to blank margin of L2, another from fore-edge of last leaf, ink splash to N3 and 3L2-3, minor repair to lower blank margin of frontispiece and 2L4, Y4 printed on separate leaves pasted together (cancels?). 18th-century half calf over marbled boards, rebacked to style, a.e.r., corners and extremities worn. A few 18th-century bibliographical annotations (some in shorthand) to frontispiece blank recto and elsewhere, autograph John Sale to frontispiece recto, another Josiah Lewis April 6 1767 to upper blank margin of frontispiece verso, 19th-century armorial bookplate of Trustees of William Coward Esq. (ms. note Brown Bequest 1881) to front pastedown, two labels of New College London Genera Library to front endpapers. A handsomely illustrated history of Protestant martyrs, written by the English Puritan preacher Samuel Clarke (1599-1682). Despite his strong Puritan views and harsh attacks against 'scandalous' religious in London, he was among the signatories against the execution of Charles I. First published in 1651 (here in the fourth edition), his 'Martyrologie' is an encyclopaedia of religious persecution from the foundations of Christianity to the 17th century. The general section includes persecutions mentioned in the Old Testament, proceeding with the 'primitive' persecutions, others in Persia, Africa, France, Bohemia and other areas of Europe (including the Baltic territories), those of Waldenses and Albigenses, and a last part on the more recent ones, with the martyrdom of William of Nassau, St Bartholomew's night, La Rochelle, Scotland and Ireland. The English sections comprises persecutions during the rule of the Romans, Anglo-Saxons and Danes, with special attention to the Tudor period. There are also biographies of major English Protestant theologians. The engraved plates, divided into smaller scenes, illustrates the torments of martyrdom, with captions: 'Chistians Braines Beaten out with Clubbe', 'Som broided upon Gridiron', 'Some were sawed asunder in the midle'. A very interesting and learned work. ESTC R14425.   Ref: 52060  show full image..
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[Claudian] Claudianus, Claudius: CL. Claudiani quae exstant Ex emendatione Nicolai Heinsy Dan: F. Venetiis [Venice]: Apud Nicolaum Pezzana, 1716. 12mo. pp. 261 [3], last blank, including engraved titlepage. Woodcut initials and ornaments. Title a trifle dusty. 18th-century vellum over boards, author's name inked to spine, raised bands, edges sprinkled red. Very minor loss at head and foot of spine. Bookplate of Ashmolean Library Oxford - Bequathed by Sir John Beazley 1970; early 18th-century inscription 'Libro di Lorenzo Pananti costo 3-5' to ffep; small stamp of Ashmolean Library to I4 and verso of last. Excellent, clean copy - in well-preserved vellum and clearly intended for use in schools - with the uncommented text of Claudianus's works, based on the Heinsius variorum first published in Leiden in 1650. The copy of Sir John Beazley (1885-1970), a major historian of ancient art at Oxford. Dibdin I, 211.   Ref: 53289  show full image..
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