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[Wakefield] [Horace] Horatius Flaccus, Quintus: (Wakefield, Gilbert, ed.:) Quae Supersunt, Recensuit et Notulis Instruxit Gilbertus Wakefield [...] London: Kearsley, 1794. 2 volumes bound as one. 8vo., pp. viii, 186, [viii]; [ii], 168, [x] + 4 plates, including engraved frontispiece to each volume. Errata slip bound in at rear. Plates a little toned with some slight transfer to adjacent pages but generally bright and clean. Contemporary vellum, gilt spine with gilt title label, delicate gilt border to each board, a.e.g., marbled endpapers. A little grubby but still a handsome copy. Bookplate of John Sparrow (1905-1992) to front paste-down. Sparrow was a barrister, essayist, bibliophile and for 25 years Warden of All Souls College, Oxford. 'A very elegant and correct edition, ornamented with plates; the type is clear and beautiful.' Dibdin. Please see our stock number 52287 for a copy of Wakefield's companion edition of Virgil, published two years later. ESTC T46154; Dibdin (4th edn.) II 116   Ref: 51369  show full image..

[Wakefield] [Virgil] Virgilius Maro, Publius: (Wakefield, Gilbert, ed.:) Opera. Londini: impensis Kearsley, 1796. First edition thus. 2 vols., 8vo., pp. [iv], 274, [xxxiv]; [ii], 301, [xxv]. Very occasional light spotting but generally clean and bright internally. Contemporary red straight-grain morocco by Kalthoeber, spines with raised bands and a simple gilt flower tool to four of the six compartments (the others containing title and volume number), plain gilt borders with tiny corner tools, a.e.g., Greek key gilt dentelles, marbled endpapers. Spines slightly darkened, endcaps rubbed, joints rubbed with a few very small areas peeling, corners worn. Still a very good, attractive set. Bookplate of Richard Hungerford Pollen with his family crest. This is likely Richard Pollen (17861838), a gentleman of Rodbourne in Wiltshire. He was brother-in-law to Charles Robert Cockerell, the Architect of the Ashmolean Museum, and father to the artist John Hungerford Pollen (18201902). To the first blank of each volume a tiny inscription reading 'Pollen e dono T. Graham', with the date 1803 added to the second volume. To the first volume, ffep verso, a small orange ticket reading 'Bound by C. Kalthoeber, London' is legible but rather ink stained. This is the notable bookbinder Christian Samuel Kalthoeber (1775-1817), a German emigré working in London. He was originally apprenticed to Baumgarten, and took over the latter's business in 1782. He was considered, at the end of the 18th century, to be one of the finest binders in the world. 'This edition, which forms a companion to Wakefield's Horace of 1794 [...] is printed with great elegance: the notes are placed at the end of the text.' (Dibdin). Schweiger writes that the text has been ingeniously improved. Please see our stock number 51369 for a copy of Wakefield's companion edition of Horace. This edition appeared during a time of enormous productivity for Wakefield when, having resigned his position at Hackney College, he found he could no longer support himself as a private tutor and began publishing extensively to earn his living. 'Wakefield was excessively fond of emendation, always worked in great haste, and rarely took time for revision. Thus, although his critical remarks can show considerable brilliance and an unusual awareness of continental advances in scholarship (Wakefield seems to have been among the first Englishmen to promulgate F. A. Wolf's conclusions about Homer), his work is riddled with errors and was largely dismissed by the British Academy within a few years of his death.' (ONDB) ESTC T232436; Dibdin II (4th edn.), 563; Schweiger III, 1182   Ref: 52287  show full image..

Wise, Francis: [Philalethes Rusticus, i.e., William Asplin]: [Anon.]: A Letter to Dr Mead concerning some Antiquities in Berkshire [with] Further Observations upon the White Horse and Other Antiquities in Berkshire. With an account of Whiteleaf-Cross in Buckinghamshire. [with] The Impertinence and Imposture of Modern Antiquaries Display'd Oxford: Printed for Thomas Wood at the University Printing-House, 1738, 1742, 1740, [1741]. First editions. Large 4to. pp. 58, [2] + 2 engraved folding plates; 57, [1], lacking final blank + 2 full-page engraved and 1 folding plate; 24; 38, [2]. With woodcut initials and ornaments, small engraving of the monument of Dr Mead glued to flyleaf. I-III: edges uncut and a trifle dusty, slight toning, occasional minor marginal foxing, t-ps and verso of last leaves a bit dusty, IV: minor yellowing. 19th-century half calf over boards, joints and corners single gilt ruled, raised bands, spine gilt. Boards minimally rubbed. A fascinating, uncommon sammelband of the first editions of four works related to the archaeological activity, in Berkshire, of Francis Wise, Radcliffe librarian at Oxford and antiquary. The first, his most famous, is especially concerned with the origins of the Anglo-Saxon monument of the White Horse, in the namesake vale, and concluded that it was made to commemorate the victory of King Alfred over the Danes in the year 871. It is also accompanied by two handsome engraved views of the mountain and the White Horse from the distance. The second work adds to the first, with further discussion of the monument and additional material on the hill of Whiteleaf-Cross, handsomely illustrated. The last two works are anonymous satirical works: one, by William Asplin, harshly criticises Wise's conclusions, the other berates the refutation. ESTC T87599, T87618, T87601, T87614.   Ref: 53434  show full image..

(Xenophon; Hervet, Gentian, trans.; Vansittart, Robert Gilbert, ed.; Fitzherbert, Anthony:) Certain Ancient Tracts Concerning the Management of Landed Property, Reprinted. London: printed for C. Bathurst [...] and J. Newbery, 1767. 8vo., pp.[vi], 82, viii, 120, viii, 100. Some sporadic foxing, including title-page. Contemporary dark brown calf recently rebacked with raised bands and gilt title to spine, hinges repaired. Rubbed, scrape to lower board, corners worn but very good overall. Armorial bookplate of Adam Wooley with the motto 'Honeste Audax' to front paste-down. Daniel and Samuel Lyson's Topographical and Historical Account of Derbyshire (1817) reproduces this coat of arms and thanks Adam Wooley (of the Allen-hill, Matlock branch of the Wolley family) 'to whom we have been indebted for so much valuable assistance'. To the ffep, the inscription of Edwin Eddison of Adel dated 25 Mar. 1861. Eddison was a solicitor and town clerk for Leeds, but also owned a farm in Adel, West Yorkshire. Robert Vansittart's edition of Hervet's translation of Xenophon's 'Treatise of Householde', together with 'The Boke of Husbandry' and 'Surveyinge' by Sir Anthony Fitzherbert. ESTC T138847   Ref: 51820  show full image..