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Curtius Rufus, Quintus: (Freinsheim, Johann; Letellier, M., eds.:) De rebus gestis Alexandri Magni: cum supplementis Freinshemii, interpretatione et notis illustravit Michael Le Tellier ? Societate Jesu. Jussu Christianissimi Regis, in usum serenissimi Delphini. Parisiis [Paris]: apud Fredericum Leonard [...], 1678. First edition thus. 4to., pp. [xxxvi] 417 [cxxxv]. Additional engraved title-page, winged lion device to title, engraved end pieces and initials. Occasional light dampstaining particularly near bottom edge and top corner towards the rear, some very light spotting, leaf V1 tip of bottom corner lost not affecting text. Contemporary semi-limp vellum, later dark green morocco label to spine, date inked at tail, blind panelled boards. Vellum slightly yellowed with some smudgy marks, corners a little bumped, small hole to ffep. Armorial bookplate of Charles Vere Dashwood Esq. (1745-1821). The tenth 'Delphin' edition issued (a classical library for Louis XIV's son, the Dauphin). This history of Alexander the Great is the only known work of the (probably) first-century historian Quintus Curtius Rufus. Schweiger II 321.   Ref: 54426  show full image..
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Curtius Rufus, Quintus: (Snakenburg, Hendrik, ed.:) De Rebus Gestis Alexandri Magni, Regis Macedonum, Libri Superstites. Cum omnibus supplementis, variantibus lectionibus, commentariis ac notis perpetuis Fr. Modii, V. Acidallii, T. Popmae, Joh. Freinshemi, Joh. Schefferi, Christoph. Cellarii, Nic. Heinsii. Selectis & excerptis Ph. Rubenii, J. Rutgersii, C. Barthii, Joh Delphis, & Lugd. Bat. [Delft & Leiden]: apud Adrianum Beman, Samuelem Luchtmans, 1724. First edition thus. 2 parts in 1. 4to., pp. [lxxiv], 472; [ii], 473-824, [ccxxiv] + 18 plates (3 of which folding) including additional engraved title-page. Title-page in red and black with woodcut printer's device, woodcut initials and tail-pieces. The catchword at the end of the dedication (T4) does not match the following leaf, as also found in other copies and seemingly due to the insertion of the Preface. Faintly foxed. Contemporary marbled calf, neatly rebacked with original spine retained, orange gilt title-label, gilt borders, gilt-stamped emblem of Haarlem to each board, edges coloured yellow, green cloth ties replaced, corners neatly repaired. Old spine piece worn but soundly rebacked, some scratches and scuffs to boards, a few whitish marks to top edge, endpapers a little toned at edges, very good overall. A few pencilled bookseller's notes to front paste-down. 'This is the celebrated quarto Variorum edition of Q. Curtius, by Snakenburg, which contains many valuable extracts from Bruno, Modius, Freinshem, and Cellarius. The text is formed according to the first edit. of Freinshem, from which it never departs but with the most scrupulous caution, and when warranted by a better reading. In compiling the work, Snakenburg consulted one good ancient MS, and two modern ones: but with the early editions of this author he appears to have been ill provided, as he consulted no edition more ancient than the Aldine. "This editor," says Ernesti, "as is too often the case, undertook the publication more from the importunity of the bookseller, than from the conviction of being able to compose a useful work from previous study, and diligent accumulation of materials." It must, however, be confessed that this edition of Snakenburg is a very valuable performance, and is deservedly held in high respect. Dr. Harwood has pronounced a warm eulogium upon it, and the editor is by him declared to have "manifested an accurate knowledge of ancient manners and customs".' (Dibdin) Schweiger II, 323; Graesse II, 311; Brunet II, 450; Dibdin II, 376-77   Ref: 52286  show full image..
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Curtius Rufus, Quintus: (Snakenburg, Hendrik, ed.:) De Rebus Gestis Alexandri Magni, Regis Macedonum, Libri Superstites. Cum omnibus supplementis, variantibus lectionibus, commentariis ac notis perpetuis Fr. Modii, V. Acidallii, T. Popmae, Joh. Freinshemi, Joh. Schefferi, Christoph. Cellarii, Nic. Heinsii. Selectis & excerptis Ph. Rubenii, J. Rutgersii, C. Barthii, Joh Delphis, & Lugd. Bat. [Delft & Leiden]: apud Adrianum Beman, Samuelem Luchtmans, 1724. First edition thus. 2 parts in 1. 4to., pp. [lxxiv], 472; [ii], 473-824, [ccxxiv] + 1 folding map and 17 further plates. Title-page in red and black with woodcut printer's device, woodcut initials and tailpieces. The plate opposite p.214 is printed on a smaller leaf. Sporadic light foxing, a few stains but very good overall. Contemporary tan calf neatly rebacked preserving gilt spine, corners repaired, edges red, marbled endpapers. A few stains and scrapes to boards, very good. Ownership inscription of John Taylor Coleridge of Park Crescent dated 1851 to preliminary blank. John Taylor Coleridge (1790-1876) was an English judge and the nephew of the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834). 'This is the celebrated quarto Variorum edition of Q. Curtius, by Snakenburg, which contains many valuable extracts from Bruno, Modius, Freinshem, and Cellarius. The text is formed according to the first edit. of Freinshem, from which it never departs but with the most scrupulous caution, and when warranted by a better reading. In compiling the work, Snakenburg consulted one good ancient MS, and two modern ones: but with the early editions of this author he appears to have been ill provided, as he consulted no edition more ancient than the Aldine. "This editor," says Ernesti, "as is too often the case, undertook the publication more from the importunity of the bookseller, than from the conviction of being able to compose a useful work from previous study, and diligent accumulation of materials." It must, however, be confessed that this edition of Snakenburg is a very valuable performance, and is deservedly held in high respect. Dr. Harwood has pronounced a warm eulogium upon it, and the editor is by him declared to have "manifested an accurate knowledge of ancient manners and customs".' (Dibdin) Schweiger II, 323; Graesse II, 311; Brunet II, 450; Dibdin II, 376-77   Ref: 54282  show full image..
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D'Orleans, Charles, et al.: (Fox, John & Arn, Mary-Jo, eds.:) Poetry of Charles D'Orleans and his Circle: A Critical Edition of BnF MS. fr. 25458, Charles d'Orlean's Personal Manuscript. Tempe: Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2010. 8vo., pp. 1020. Hardback: laminated boards. New: unopened in publisher's shrink-wrap. Volume 383 in the ACMRS Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies series.   Ref: 53702 
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Dale, A. M.: (Turner, E.G. & Webster, T.B.L. eds.:) Collected Papers. Cambridge University Press, 1969. 8vo., pp. x, p.307, [i] + portrait plate. Internally clean and bright. Grey cloth, printed blue label with gilt title to spine. Endcaps a little creased, near fine. Dust-jacket a bit tattered, 5cm closed tear to front repaired with tape to underside, price-clipped but with price sticker added, still good. 'Miss Dale's interests were mainly concerned with the technicalities and interpretation of Greek poetry. Some of the papers deal with metre and language; but most are about aspects of Greek drama - staging, choruses, and interpretations of particular plays.'   Ref: 52135 
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Dale, Samuel: The History and Antiquities of Harwich and Dovercourt. Topographical, Dynastical and Political. London: printed for C. Davis, 1730. First edition. 4to. pp. [4], [xxiv], 464 + 14 plates (some folding). Small ink mark to title touching two words, light waterstaining at upper and lower gutter, a bit heavier to first and last couple of gatherings, edges dusty, occasional mainly marginal foxing, last two leaves a bit spotted. Contemporary polished English calf, sympathetic modern reback, spine gilt-lettered, boards and extremities rubbed. Book plate of Henry Miller dated 1885; autographs Elizth G. Mason, H.P. Bowen 1861 and Buntwood(?) to ffep; partly erased library stamp with English note on withdrawal and sale in 1962 to verso of title and p.101; later pencilled marginalia to a few leaves. The scarce first edition of this beautifully illustrated history of the antiquities and natural landscape of Harwich and Dovercourt, in Essex. Based on the unpublished historical work of the antiquary and state official Silas Taylor (1624-78), it was enlarged and revised with a very long appendix by the physician Samuel Dale (1659??1739), who focused on the natural history of the district. Thanks to his experience as apothecary, he had a thorough knowledge of plants and his annotations elaborate on Taylor's mentions of local landscape - for instance, he discussed plants that inhabited a local cliff, adding references to other botanic works. Additional sections are devoted to fish and fossils, both - like the notes on plants - superbly illustrated with engraved specimens. ESTC T134050; Brunet 13544; Haller, Bib. botanica, 14. ESTC locates only 1 copy in the US.   Ref: 51728  show full image..
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Daniel, Norman: The Arabs and Mediaeval Europe. London: Longman & Librairie du Liban, 1979. Second edition. 8vo., pp. xiv, 385 + plates. Hardback: green cloth, gilt-lettered, a hint of dusting to edges. Dust-jacket, sun-faded to spine, not affecting lettering. Otherwise a very good copy. First published in 1975. In the Arab Background Series jointly published by Longman and Librairie du Liban.   Ref: 53595 
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Dart, J(ohn): (Cole, J., illus.:) The History and Antiquities of the Cathedral Church of Canterbury and the Once-Adjoining Monastery: Containing, An Account of its First Establishment [...] A Survey of the Present Church and Cloysters [...] The Lives of the Archbishops [...] An Appendix of Ancient Charters and Writings [...]. London: printed, and sold by J. Cole, J. Hoddle, J. Smith, A. Johnson, 1726. Folio, pp. [iv], IX, [i], 204, lvi, including list of subscribers in the form of nine pages showing their coats of arms (page ix having 26) + 4 double-page plates and 37 further plates. Title page in red and black, woodcut initials and head- & tail-pieces, additional engraved illustrations in the text. Occasional light smudges, some sooty marks to p.117. Contemporary calf neatly rebacked, gilt spine label, date to tail of spine, plain gilt borders, corners repaired, edges sprinkled red, endpapers replaced. Very good. John Dart (d. 1730) suffered a somewhat lacklustre reputation in his endeavours as both an attorney and an antiquary. His main antiquarian works comprised Westmonasterium, or, The history and antiquities of the abbey church of St. Peter's, Westminster (published in two volumes first in 1723 and then posthumously in 1742) and this work on Canterbury Cathedral. The two received as little acclaim as his literary endeavours, as both were considered "more notable for the quality of their engravings [...] than their antiquarian content". Richard Gough considered the former "a pompous, but very inaccurate work" (Gough, 1.763), and William Gostling, in his A Walk in and about the City of Canterbury (1774), wrote of the latter that "Mr Dart came to see our cathedral, and did see it, most certainly; but it is one thing to see and another to observe" (Gostling, 164).' (ODNB) ESTC T65420; Upcott p.391.   Ref: 54207  show full image..
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Darwin, Charles: (Bates, Marston & Humphrey, Philip S., eds.:) The Darwin Reader. London: Macmillan & Co., 1957. 8vo., pp. ix, 481 + plates. Illustrations. Hardback: red cloth, gilt-lettered to spine, light crease along spine, edges a little dusty, still very good. Dust-jacket, price-clipped, top edge starting to fray at head of spine,darkened towards spine and edges, still good. Ink ownership inscription of "Thos. J. Adams... 1957" to ffep with his underlinings and marginal annotations, mostly in pencil but some in ink, here and there but mainly to one chapter and the Appendix, and his further customisation by neat but adhesive attachment of various relevant newspaper cuttings of articles and photographs, and a stamp, to front endpapers and blank spaces on first few printed pages. With a further newspaper cuttings and a postcard of Darwin loosely inserted.   Ref: 53941 
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Darwin, Charles: (Burkhardt, Frederick; Porter, Duncan M.; et al., eds.:) The Correspondence of Charles Darwin. Cambridge University Press, 1985-1997; 2002. First edition. 8vo., pp. xxxii, 702; xxxvi, 603; xxxii, 523; xxxvi, 711; xxxii, 705; xxxii, 673; xxxviii, 671; xxxviii, 766; xxxvi, 609; xl, 936; xl, 695 + plates to all vols. Hardbacks: black cloth, green title-piece to spine, gilt-lettered, a few corners lightly bumped and Vol. 8 with a larger dent to outer board-edges, light dust-marking to edges and Vol.5 with a considerable tea-stain to top edge (only), but all volumes unread and internally clean. Dust-jackets, creasing to jacket edges with a few tiny nicks to edges, a couple of corners with closed tears, Vol. 7 with two larger but still closed tears to centre of front flap-fold, but still very good overall. The Darwin Correspondence Project was founded in 1974 by an American scholar, Frederick Burkhardt, with the help of his wife, Anne Schlabach Burkhardt. and Sydney Smith, a zoologist in the University of Cambridge (all three now deceased). Setting out with the aim of locating all letters written by Charles Darwin, they originally intended to publish only summaries. This original intention then developed with Cambridge University Press into a plan, which remains ongoing, to publish for the first time a complete edition of the entire correspondence, consisting of "full authoritative texts of Darwin's (letters)... edited according to modern textual editorial principles and practice". A total of 30 volumes are anticipated, with 28 now published. Here we have the first 10 volumes, covering the years 1821-1862, with Vol. 13, containing 1865 and supplementary material for 1822-1864.   Ref: 53938  show full image..
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