Antoninus Liberalis; Xylander, Wilhelm (ed.): [Metamorphoseon Synagoge] Transformationum Congeries [...] Lugduni Batavorum [Leiden]: apud Sam. et Joan. Luchtmans, 1774. Large 8vo, pp. , 304,  + added frontispiece with small engraved arms of Amsterdam with name of student. With engraved title vignette, woodcut initials and ornaments. Occasional slight browning, intermittent very light foxing. Contemporary Dutch vellum, single gilt ruled, gilt centrepieces with arms of Amsterdam to boards, small gilt arms of Amsterdam to corners, gilt arms of Amsterdam to spine, four original silk ties. Prize book certificate addressed to the schoolboy Isaac Orobio de Castro and signed by the master H. Verheyk in 1774. Sumptuously bound copy - a prize book signed and presented by the master of the school, and editor of this work, Heinrich Verheyk. 'A most excellent edition.' (Dibdin) The 'Metamorphoseon' - mythological prose stories of transformations caused by avenging Greek deities - is the only extant work by the grammarian Antoninus Liberalis (c. 2nd century). This edition includes the notes of Wilhelm Xylander, first published in 1568, as well as others by Heinrich Verheyk, head of the Latin school in Amsterdam. The schoolboy Isaac Orobio de Castro to whom this book was bestowed was probably a descendant of the namesake Portuguese Jewish philosopher, who died in 1687 in Amsterdam, where he had moved and made a public profession of Judaism. Dibdin I, 268; Ebert 752. Ref: 53360show 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..
Aurelius Antoninus, Marcus; (Collier, Jeremy, trans.:) The Emperor Marcus Antoninus: His Conversation With Himself. Together with the Preliminary Discourse of the Learned Gataker. As also the Emperor's Life, Written by Monsieur D'Acier (and) the Mythological Picture of Cebes the Theban [...] translated into English from the Respectiv London: Printed for Richard Sare [...] 1701. First edition thus. 8vo. pp. [viii], 36, cxxv, , 270  + engraved frontispiece. With the final advertisements. 'Gataker's Discourse' (36pp.) misbound, small worm trail at lower gutter of couple of gatherings,. Contemporary panelled calf, boards and spine blind tooled, raised bands, spine gilt lettered. Very minor loss to extremities and boards. Modern booklabels of Wilfred Merton and William Andrews Clark Jr., and presentation inscription of Lewis Atterbury LLD to the Library of Newport Pagnell (1731), to front pastedown. The first edition of Collier's translation of Antoninus's 'Meditations' - a most influential work of Stoic philosophy in the form of short quotations and thoughts on his own private life. The edition includes an introduction, first published in 1652, by Thomas Gataker - 'the most successful editor of Antoninus's Meditations' (Dibdin I, 269) - and the life of Antoninus by Dacier translated from the original French. This copy was once in the possession of Lewis Atterbury LLD (1656-1731), royal chaplain to Queen Anne and George I, who donated part of his library to Christ Church, Oxford. ESTC T63064. Ref: 53279show full image..
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: 51544show 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..
[Bion and Moschus] Biõnos Kai Moschou: (Wakefield, Gilbert, ed.:) Opera. Ta Leipsana. Londini [London]: T. Bensley, 1795. Large paper copy. 8vo., pp. [viii], 33, , 83, with final advertisement leaf. Poems in Greek, with preface and notes in Latin. Slight toning throughout, occasional slight marginal spotting. 19th-century straight-grained black morocco, boards and spine exquisitely gilt, raised bands, marbled endpapers. Extremities and joints a bit rubbed. A large-paper copy of the bucolic poems of Bion and Moschus as edited by Gilbert Wakefield (1756-1801), now remembered largely for his position as a religious controversialist. Between 1792 and 1797, to earn his living following his resignation from the dissenting Hackney College, he produced a stream of remarkable classical editions, including this one, capped off with his 3-vol. Lucretius, earning him comparison with Porson as one of the greatest classical scholars of his day. However, the speed with which he worked and his less-painstaking approach introduced enough errors for his work to sometimes be dismissed as mere hackery, despite its occasional brilliance. ESTC N32017; Dibdin I, 349. Ref: 53435show 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..