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Arrian; (Blankaart, Nikolaas, ed; Vulcanius, Bonaventura, trans.:) De Expedit. Alex. Magni. Historiarum Libri X. Ejusdem Indica []. Amstelodami [Amsterdam]: Joannem Janssonium a Waesberge, & viduam Elizaei Weyerstraet, 1668. 8vo., pp. [xii], 617, [xxxvii] + additional engraved title page, and portrait of the editor. Woodcut initials and head- & tail-pieces, a few old annotations. A couple of leaves unopened, lower margin of leaf 2L4 abbreviated due to paper flaw. Contemporary vellum, title inked to spine, yapp edges, edges sprinkled blue. Spine a little darkened and marked but vellum otherwise uncommonly clean, paste-downs lifted (the front a little crumpled) revealing manuscript parchment binder's waste used as sewing supports. A very good copy indeed. Dibdin cites Harwood as asserting this edition's 'great merit'. Dibdin I (4th edn.), 329; Hoffman I, 377; Schweiger II, 67.   Ref: 50147 
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Athenagoras: [Gesner, Konrad, trans.; Fell, John, ed.:] Opera. Oxonii [Oxford]: e Theatro Sheldoniano, 1682. 12mo., pp. [vi], 281, [iii]. Parallel Greek and Latin texts. A few marginal annotations in an old hand, mostly in English. Very lightly toned, occasional spots and smudges mostly to title-page. Contemporary dark brown calf neatly rebacked, faint double-fillet border to boards, corners repaired. Boards scuffed, a little foxing to endpapers but a very good copy overall. Pencilled notes to ffep, including 'See Harwood, who pronounced this a good edition'. Full title: Tou en hagiois patros hemon Athenagorou Athenaiou philosophou zozomena [sic]. S. Patris Athenagoræ philosophi Atheniensis opera, ad Mss. fidem recognita, the first nine words being in Greek characters. Dibdin, like the previous owner, quotes Harwood's opinion of this edition as 'very good' but adds that 'the Apology was better edited by Rechenbergius in 1684'. The Greek Church father Athenagoras (c.133c. 190 AD) styles himself as 'Athenagoras, the Athenian, Philosopher, and Christian'; there is some evidence that he was a Platonist before his conversion to Christianity. ESTC R38672; Wing (2nd ed.) A4111; Dibdin I (4th ed.) 186   Ref: 51741 
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Aurelius Victor, Sextus: (Arntzenius, J., ed.:) Historia Romana, cum notis integris [...] Amstelodami [Amsterdam]: apud Janssonio Waesbergios. Trajecti Batav. [Utrecht]: apud Jacobum a Pools 1733. 4to., pp. [xlviii], 668, [cxxxiv] (including one full-page engraving) + additional engraved title-page. Title page in red and black with engraved vignette, illustrations (mostly numismatic) and a few decorations. Sudden heavy foxing from p.201 diminishing towards approx. p.257, occasional small scorch marks never affecting more than a letter or two. Contemporary brown marbled calf, raised bands, orange gilt label to spine, edges coloured yellow. Spine and corners rubbed, tiny tear to headcap, joints wearing a little but a very good copy. Arms of the Dutch city of Leeuwarden, capital of Friesland, in gilt to centre of each board. Illegible pencilled signature to ffep. The text is a new recension by Arntzenius, based on the work of Schott. Dibdin includes this edition on his list of best quarto variora, and notes: 'It is certainly an elaborate performance [...] the edition is indispensable to the collector's library.' Dibdin (4th edn.) I 343; Schweiger II 1136; Graesse VII, 299   Ref: 51544 
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Aurelius Victor, Sextus: (Pitiscus, Samuel, ed.:) Historiae Romanae Breviarium, illustratum trium virorum celeberrimorum, Andrræ Schotti, Dominici Machanei, Jani Gruteri ; et feminæ præstantissimæ, Annæ Tanaquili Fabri filiæ commentariis integris [...]; De Vita et Moribus Imperatorum Romanorum [...] Trajecti ad Rhenum [Utrecht]: apud Franciscum Halmam & Guilielmum van de Water, 1696. First edition thus. 2 vols. in 1. 8vo., pp. [xliv], 434, [lxxii]; 168, [xxviii]. To first work, additional engraved title, title-page in red and black, woodcut initials and head- and tail-pieces, many illustrations in the text. Lightly toned towards edges, a few spots and smudges. Contemporary mottled calf prize binding, rebacked, armorial gilt centrepiece of Delft to both boards, remains of green ribbon ties now lost, edges sprinkled red. Reback sturdy but perhaps a little crude, edges worn, some toning to edges of endpapers but still a good copy. The first appearance of this well-regarded variorum edition. 'This is not only a rare book and elegantly printed, but it ranks among the best edited of the Variorum Classics in 8vo.' (Dibdin). The frontispiece is probably by R. de Hooghe, or his disciple Schoonebeek. Dibdin I (4th edn.) 342-3; Schweiger II, 1136.   Ref: 52052 
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Ausonius, Decimus Magnus: (Tollius, Jacob, ed.:) Opera, [...] et integris Scaligeri, Mariang. Accvrsii, Freheri, Scriverii ; selectis Vineti, Barthii, Acidalii, Gronovii, Grævii, aliorumque notis accuratissime digestis, nec non & suis animadversionibus illustravit. Amstelodami [Amsterdam]: apud Ioannem Blaeu, 1671. 8vo., pp. [xxxvi], 822, [lxxviii], including additional engraved title-page. Woodcut initials, a few illustrations in the text. Small closed tear to C8, affecting text but without loss. Occasional very light spots and smudges. Contemporary semi-limp vellum, title inked to spine, edges sprinkled red. A few light smudgy marks but unusually clean overall, pastedowns lifted with edges torn away, endpapers and preliminary blanks rumpled and a little dusty at top edge, but still very good overall. 'This scarce Variorum edition of Ausonius was preceded by one of Tollius's in 12mo. 1669, whose notes are incorporated in it. This second presents us also with everything valuable to be found in prior editions, and may justly therefore be treasured by the collector of rare books.' (Dibdin) Dibdin I (4th edn.) 346; Schweiger II, 22   Ref: 52050 
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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: 52191 
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[B.C.P.] Liturgia: seu Liber Precum Communium, et administrationis sacramentorum, aliorumque Rituum & Ceremoniarum in Ecclesia Anglicana Receptus: Itémque Forma & Modus Creandi, Ordinandi, & Consecrandi Episcopos, Presbyteros, & Diaconos. Epistolae, Evangelia, & Psalmi inseruntur juxta Sebastiani Londini: typis G. Bowyer, impensis J. J. & P. Knapton, J. & J. Bonwicke, J. Osborne & T. Longman, B. 1733. 5th edition. 12mo., unpaginated. With engraved frontispiece, woodcut head-pieces. Patchy toning especially to the first few gatherings, ffep and next two leaves dampstained at top edge, occasional spots and smudges. Contemporary Cambridge-style panelled calf, raised bands and black title label to spine. Spine creased and worn with loss to headcap, upper corners a bit worn but very good overall. To spine, remains of a paper label reading 'MN 7.305'. To front paste-down, a printed book label, 'From the Library of Dr. Melvin. Presented to Marischal College. 10th September 1856.' Inked to the foot of the label by hand, a code 'MN.7.305'. To frontispiece verso, title-page and leaf B1 a rectangular inkstamp of the University of Aberdeen Library. The frontispiece verso also has a very faint inscription, possibly the name Blakeney and a date. To the final leaf verso some MS which has been scribbled over and then mostly faded away. 'Editio quinta prioribus longè emendatior'. Bowyer's records show 2000 copies printed of 20 sheets. ESTC T140400   Ref: 52220 
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Barwick, Peter: The Life of the Reverend Dr. John Barwick, D.D. London: Printed by J. Bettenham. 1724. Large paper copy. 8vo., pp. [xxiv], 552, [xl] + 2 engr. portrait frontispieces. Contemporary Cambridge-style panelled calf, spine gilt in compartments, orange morocco label,extremities rubbed, spine darkened, joints split but boards still attached, endcaps worn. "James Affleck" book label on front pastedown, contemporary ink inscr. on f.f.e.p. "Eliz. Dolben" and above "Jam:s. Affleck [undeciphered] e dono"; also, mid-20th C. provenance note by Peter B. G. Binnall on verso of marbled flyleaf. The first English edition of this biography and indication of support for the Anglican church and the king, originally written in Latin by the subject's brother. John Barwick (1612-1664) and his brother Peter were both staunch royalists, rewarded with significant posts following the Restoration - Peter as medical advisor to the king and John as dean of St Paul's. ESTC T73568.   Ref: 36006 
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Bayley, C.: An Entrance into the Sacred Language; Containing the necessary Rules of Hebrew Grammar in English: with the Original Text of several Chapters, select Verses, and useful Histories, Translated Verbatim and Analysed. Likewise some select pieces of Hebrew Poetry. The Whole Digested in so easy a Manner, that a Child of seven Years old may arrive at a c London: printed for the Author by R. Hindmarsh [...], 1782. First edition. 8vo., pp. [iv], xvi, [iv], 232. Bound without the 10-page list of subscribers and single-leaf advertisement found at rear of most library copies; Contents bound after Preface, rather than before as is usual. A few marginal pencil notes which have blurred and offset to the leaf opposite, occasional spots and smudges. Contemporary very dark green straight-grain calf, gilt spine, a.e.g., blue marbled endpapers, pink ribbon bookmark bound in. Rubbed, some chips to spine, joints, endcaps and corners worn, a few scratches. Very good overall. Ownership inscription, 'Guil. M. Johnson, A.M.', in an old hand to preliminary blank. Cornelius Bayley (17511812) first published this Hebrew grammar in 1782, and received the honorary degree of doctor of divinity from the University of Aberdeen for his efforts. His work as the first incumbent of St James's Church, Manchester drew a large congregation and his facility for Hebrew was greatly admired. A second edition of An Entrance into the Sacred Language appeared after Bayley's death. COPAC locates several copies of this first edition in the UK, but WorldCat finds none internationally. ESTC T92130   Ref: 51737 
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Bellori, Giovanni Pietro: Veterum Illustrium Philosophorum Poetarum Rhetorum et Oratorum Imagines Ex vetustis Nummis, Gemmis, Hermis, Marmoribus aliisque Antiquis Monumentis desumptæ. Romæ [Rome]: Apud Io. Iacobum de Rubeis ad templum S. Mariæ de Pace suis sumptibus, & cura, cum priu 1685. First edition, three parts in one. Folio, pp.[x], [ii], 20, [ii], 16, [ii], 15, [i] + frontispiece (bound after the title-page in this copy), 92 numbered plates plus portrait Asclepiades of Prusa (a.k.a. Asclepiades of Bithynia) at rear, which is missing in most copies. Separate engraved title-page to each part, some woodcut initials. A little light foxing mostly affecting text, faint stain to plate 70. Contemporary vellum, title nicely inked to spine in an old hand, edges coloured yellow. Vellum darkened and a little marked, upper board bowing slightly, remains of a small paper label to upper board, corners and endcaps a little worn. Blindstamp of Neatham Mill Library to rear free endpaper. A few pencilled booksellers notes to (slightly grubby) ffep. Bellori (c.1616-1696) made his name as an antiquarian, art theorist and biographer and served from 1670 until his death as Pope Clement X's Commissioner of Antiquities of Rome. His most famous work, the essay 'The Idea of the Painter, Sculptor and Architect' is widely considered the definitive seventeenth-century statement of classical artistic theory. From 1680 onwards he worked for Queen Christine of Sweden during her exile in Rome, first of all helping her to assemble her collection of drawings and medals and then later as her librarian. Veterum Illustrium... reflects the central interest in archaeology that Bellori held towards the end of his life.   Ref: 51592 
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