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Paulus Diaconus; Lipsius, J: Pauli Warnefridi Langobardi Filii, Diaconi Foroiuliensis, De Gestis Langobardorum Libri VI. Ad MS, & Veterum Codicum Fidem Editi; De Recta Pronunciatione Latinae Linguae Dialogus. Lugduni Batavorum [Leiden], Ex Officina Plantiniana, Apud Franciscum Raphelengium, 1595; [c.1586]. 12mo., pp. [xii], 337, [i]; [ii], 96, [viii]. Woodcut device to title page of first work. Slightly toned with some occasional foxing, small scorch mark to text p.16 (no loss of sense), preliminary blanks and one leaf loosening. Some underlining to one page in second section. Later vellum, possibly retaining old boards, ink title to spine, Yapp edges, edges sprinkled red. Endcaps creased, a little darkened at fore-edge but otherwise bright, pastedowns lifting to reveal mauscript binder's waste. Some booksellers notes and a pasted catalogue entry to front paste-down. Two works bound together: the first is the major work of Paul the Deacon, his History of the Lombards, in an edition published by Plantin - the first edited by Fr. Linbenbrog; the second work is an anonymous edition of Lipsius's study on the correct pronunciation of Latin. Adams, p.499   Ref: 46592 
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Peck, Francis: Desiderata Curiosa: or a Collection of Divers Scarce and Curious Pieces (Relating chiefly to Matters of English History) in six books. London: Printed 1732-35. 2 vols. bound as 1, folio, pp. [viii], viii, [xii], 66, 26, 52, 50, 44, 56, [xii] + engraved portrait frontispiece and 6 other engraved plates; [xxii], 68, 58, 52, 32, 50, 36, 32, 56, 25, [xix] + engraved portrait frontispiece and 3 other engraved plates. A little marginal dustsoiling but quite clean. Contemporary tan calf over re-used late 16thC/early 17thC pasteboards (witness the impression of a large lozenge strapwork centre-piece), recently rebacked with spine panel-gilt, relaid label gilt-lettered & -dated, boards single-rule gilt bordered, board edges decorative roll in blind, old scrapes and scratches since polished over, a.e. red speckled, brown & white sewn endbands. Armorial bookplate of "Wm. Constable Esqr. / F.R.S. & F.A.S." on front patsedown. This, the major publication of Francis Peck, 1692-1743, Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and correspondent of William Stukeley (who presented the plate of Henry Wykys, vicar of Stamford, printed herein), contains an important biography of Sir William Cecil, Lord Burghley, Queen Elizabeth I's Lord High Treasurer. ESTC T97524.   Ref: 36144  show full image..
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Peck, Francis: New Memoirs of the Life and Poetical Works of Mr. John Milton [...]; Memoirs of the Life and Actions of Oliver Cromwell [...] London: [s.n.] 1740; 1740. First editions. 2 parts in 1. 4to., pp. vi, [vi], 264, [v], 268-437, [i]; [iv], 57, [i]; [ii], 34; [ii], 7, [i]; [ii], 6, [ii] + 2 plates (portrait frontispiece of Milton and medal opposite p.105); pp. xii, 47, [i]; [ii], 8; [iii], 10-36; [iii], 38-47, [i]; [iii], 50-68; [iii], 70-114; [iii], 116-130; [ii], 113, [iii] + 5 plates (portraits of Cromwell, Essex, Fairfax, Hambden (folding) and Peck). With divisional title-pages, and publisher's catalogue at end of each part. Title-pages in red and black, several large engraved head-pieces and initials. Occasional foxing and light toning mostly affecting the first and last few leaves of each part; to leaf A4 of the 'Collection of Historical Pieces', a horizontal closed tear to the head margin, not affecting text. Contemporary sprinkled calf neatly rebacked. Raised bands and red morocco gilt label to spine, narrow gilt border and armorial gilt centrepiece to each board. A bit rubbed, a few light scrapes, corners worn, endpapers a little grubby with a few MS library codes and offsetting therefrom. Still a very good, large paper volume. Small armorial gilt stamp of The Society of Writers to the Signet to each board; small blue library label to front paste-down; some pencilled bookseller's notes to ffep; vertically, to the gutter margin of the title-page, a small Signet Library ownership note in an old hand, offset to the frontispiece. Large and fine paper issues. Originally issued in parts, as evidenced by the divisional titles. Though separate, these works are often found together, and indeed the binder's notes at the beginning of Milton refer also to Cromwell. Having made his name as an antiquary, Peck (16921743) produced these works on Milton and Cromwell towards the end of his life, 'as well as a catalogue of the several editions of Shakespeare's writings, and critical and explanatory notes. According to John Nichols, who had a more positive view of Peck's work than either Cole or Harrod, as these last were published "at a period when that species of Criticism had not arrived to the perfection it has since attained by the united labours and genius of several successive and learned Commentators, [they] deserve particular commendation. He seems indeed to have first pointed out the mode [of criticism], which has since been successfully pursued." (Nichols, Lit. anecdotes, 1.513). Thomas Seccombe in the Dictionary of National Biography also described these critical notes as "remarkable, as being perhaps the first attempts made to illustrate their writings by extracts from contemporary writers, in accordance with the method subsequently followed by Steevens and Malone". However, Peck's off-hand attitude to historical veracity appears in an anecdote related by George Vertue, who informed Peck that the print of Milton he wished to use as the frontispiece to his book on the poet was very probably spurious. Vertue later recollected Peck's reply: '"I'll have a scraping from it however, and let posterity settle the matter"' (Appendix to the Memoirs of Thomas Hollis, 513).' (ODNB) ESTC T97527 & T97530   Ref: 51880 
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Persius Flaccus, Aulus: (Casaubon, Isaac, ed.:) Satirarum Liber [...] Terta editio, auctior & emendatior ex ipsius Auctoris codice: cura & opera Merici Casauboni Is. F. Londini (London) Typis M. Flesher: sumptibus R. Mynne in vico vulgo dicto Little Britain: sub insign 1647. Third edition. 8vo., pp. [xxxii], 40, [xxxvi], 554, [xxvi]. Vignette to title-page, a few woodcut decorations, errata leaf at rear. A little light toning. Contemporary dark brown calf neatly rebacked with gilt title to spine, MS binder's waste left visible at hinges post repair. Slightly rubbed, corners beginning to wear, edges dusty but a very good copy. Armorial bookplate of L.A. Burd to front paste-down. Ownership inscription of Richardus Chamberleyne dated 1647 to ffep. Small library code in blue pencil to bookplate and ffep. Oval inkstamp of Repton School Library to title-page. The third Casaubon edition of Persius' 'Satires', the first Casaubon edition of Persius printed in England, and the Second Latin Persius printed in England (the first appeared in 1614). Isaac Casaubon's son Meric Casaubon (1599-1671), who prepared this book for the press, gave impetus to Classical language publishing in England by issuing his own and his illustrious father's work. It was considered the fundamental commentary for 200 years, called by Scaliger, who thought little of Persius,'pluris condimentum quam pulpamentum ', i.e. 'a dish with more sauce than meat' (Epistolæ p.278). ESTC R31791; Wing P 1663; Sandys II 209; Schweiger 711   Ref: 51527 
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[Petrarch] Dobson, Susanna, (ed. & trans.): The Life of Petrarch. Collected from Memoires pour la Vie de Petrarch, by Mrs Dobson. London: Printed by T. Maiden, for Vernor and Hood; J. Cuthell; E. Newbery; J. Walker; Lackington, Al 1799. 4th edition. 2 vols., 8vo., pp. xviii, 388, [xii]; [ii], 401, [xi] + frontispiece to each volume and 6 further plates, totalling 8 as called for. Occasional light foxing, a little offset toning from plates but generally clean. Contemporary marbled calf, spines gilt with red morocco, gilt borders and dentelles, edges lightly sprinkled red and blue, marbled endpapers. Rubbed, spines sunned, a little loss to headcap vol. I, lighter oval shape to each upper board as though perhaps a label has been removed, corners bumped. Still a very good, attractive set. Ownership inscription of Dorothy Symons to head of each volume's title-page, with a date of 1800 to vol. II. An abridgment of J. F. A. de Sade's Memoires pour la Vie de François Pétrarque, translated into English by Susannah Dobson (d.1795). First published in 1775, it was praised by contemporaries including the novelists Clara Reeve and Elizabeth Benger. The first reprint appeared in 1777 and it remained in print up until its 6th edition in 1805. Dobson went on to produce several more translations: Sainte-Palaye's The Literary History of the Troubadours (1779) and Memoirs of Ancient Chivalry (1784), and Petrarch's De remediis utriusque fortunae, which she published in 1791 as Petrarch's View of Human Life. Dobson is also thought to be the author of the anonymously-published scholarly works Dialogue on Friendship and Society (1777) and Historical Anecdotes of Heraldry and Chivalry (1795). ESTC N11179   Ref: 52261 
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Phaedrus: (Burmann, Pieter, ed.:) Fabularum Aesopiarum libri quinque. Cum novo commentario Petri Burmanni. Leidae [Leiden]: Apud Samuelem Luchtmans, 1727. Burman's 4th edition. 4to., pp. [lii], 263, xlix, 93, [iii] + additional engraved title-page. Lacks folding portrait plate. Title-page in red and black with woodcut printer's device, head- and tail-pieces. Francis Hare's 93-page 'Epistola Critica' at rear, the presence of which indicates a large paper copy according to Lamb. A little light dampstaining near gutter, sporadic toning with some gatherings more affected than others, occasional wax spots. Contemporary vellum, title inked to spine, edges sprinkled red and blue. Spine with a red smudge, small hole and remains of a paper label, a little grubby but sound. A scholar's copy, still useful despite the missing plate. 20th-century bookplate of John Denys Parmiter (1902-1989), headmaster of Eagle House School, Wellington College, to front paste-down. Inscription of G[eorge] I[saac] Huntingford dated Aug. 14 1790 also to front paste-down. Huntingford (1748-1832) was tutor and friend of Henry Addington (Prime Minister 1801-4), and served as Bishop of Gloucester 18021815, and of Hereford, 181532. He published an account of Addington's government, a popular Short Introduction to Writing of Greek and original Greek and Latin verse. 'To this day Burman's edition of 1727 is the only complete commentary on Phaedrus and has not been superceded. Unlike his variorum editions, the notes are Burman's own work. He uses conjecture sparingly and often discusses the emendations of other scholars at considerable length.' (Lamb, Annales Phaedriani, p.vi). Dibdin II (4th ed.) 281; Schweiger II 736; Lamb 167   Ref: 51782 
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Phalaris [...] Epistolae. Ex MSS Recensuit, Versione, Annotationibus, & Vita insuper Authoris Donavit Car. Boyle ex Aede Christi. Oxonii [Oxford]: e typographeo Clarendoniano, 1718. 8vo., pp. [xiv], 154, [vi] + engraved frontispiece. Greek and Latin text. A little soiling at beginning and end. Contemporary Cambridge-style panelled calf, rebacked and re-polished preserving original red morocco label, hinges relined. Bookplate of Cheshunt College Library with 'Withdrawn' stamps to front pastedown. Second impression (first published in 1695) of the book which set off the academic spat which changed the face of English classical scholarship. In his preface Charles Boyle, younger brother of the Earl of Orrery and grand-nephew of Robert Boyle, accuses Richard Bentley, as King's Librarian, of "singular humanity" in denying him adequate access to a manuscript. Thus provoked by this (unfair as it happens) accusation, Bentley published A Dissertation upon the Epistles of Phalaris first in 98 pages and then expanded to about 600, proving the spuriousness of the attribution of the letters to Phalaris, tyrant of Agrigentum. Written in English and proceeding step by step through anachronism, unhistorical use of language and form, dialect, artificiality of content and transmission of text, Bentley set a new benchmark for classical scholarship. The hapless Boyle could have had no idea of the future consequences of his prefatory clause of sarcasm. ESTC T144295. Brunet IV 592.   Ref: 43129 
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Philostratus, L. Flavius 'the Athenian'; Philostratus 'the Lemnian' & Philostratus 'the Younger'?; ['Apollonius of Tyana'; Eusebius of Caesarea; Callistratus:] (Olearius, G., ed.:) [Opera] quae supersunt omnia. Vita Apollonii libris VIII, Vitae Sophistorum libris II, Heroica, Imagines Priores atque Posteriores, et Epistolae. Accessere Apollonii Tyanensis epistolae, Eusebii liber adversus Hieroclem, Callistrati descript. statuarum [...] Lipsiae [Leipzig]: Apud Thomam Fritsch, 1709. First edition thus. Folio, pp. [viii], xliii, [i], 987, [i]. Half-title, title in red and black with printer's Pegasus device, woodcut initials and head- and tail-pieces, occasional small engravings in the text. A little faint foxing, a very small number of toned leaves (e.g. Q2). Contemporary dark brown calf, gilt spine with raised bands, dark red morocco title label, edges coloured red, marbled endpapers. Rubbed with faint crackling to surface, endcaps worn and endbands lost, joints creased and starting to crack at head and tail but boards holding firm, corners fraying. Still, a very good copy overall. Olearius's edition of the Philostrati, which uses unpublished notes by the scholar Richard Bentley. Works present include an account of the 1st century AD Pythagorean Apollonius of Tyana, of other pagan sophists, of the cults of heroes of the Trojan war, and letters on themes of love (Ben Jonson's 'To Celia' is derived from letter 33), and descriptions of artistic images. Also included are letters once attributed to Apollonius of Tyana; descriptions of statues by Callistratus (fl. 3rd or 4th century), an imitator of Philostratus; and the treatise of Eusebius of Caesarea (c.AD 260-339) against comparisons between Apollonius and Christ. Gottfried Olearius (1672-1715) was brought up and educated in Leipzig, where from 1709 he was professor of theology. He travelled in Holland and England in 1693.   Ref: 51001 
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Plautus, Titus Maccius: (Gronovius, J.F., ed.:) Comoediae. Accedit commentarius [...] Lugd. Batavorum [Leiden]: Ex Officina Hackiana, 1664. First edition. 8vo., pp. [xvi] 1154 [lii]. Engraved title page, woodcut initials. Occasional spots of light foxing and browning but generally very clean. Contemporary vellum, title inked to spine, fore-edges turned in, edges sprinkled blue. Paper edge label with 'Plautus Gronovii & variorum' in an old hand tipped to tail edge of upper board. A few smudgy marks to boards, top edge a bit darkened, paper edge label crumpled and a little toned but an interesting addition to an already very good copy. Small oval paper label with MS '195' to spine; pale blue bookplate of Fintray House library, with E.195 added by hand. The first Gronovius edition of Plautus, with notes by him and others, and new readings from 6 MSS. Dibdin (4th edn.) II 312. Schweiger III 766. Graesse V 329.   Ref: 51893 
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Plautus, Titus Maccius: (Taubmann, Friedrich, ed.:) Comoediae XX superstites, nunc denuo, post omnium Editiones, ad fidem meliorum [Colophon: Wittebergae [Wittenberg] apud Zachariam Schurerum [typis Johannis Gormanni] 1612. 4to., pp. [xl] 1320 [cxxiv]. Mostly Roman and Italic letter. Printer's device to title-page, repeated on final leaf recto (a colophon leaf with verso blank). Some nice woodcut headpieces. Sig. 3Q4 [pp. [1231-1232]] is blank save for woodcut device on recto. Browning, some spotting, a few leaves short in the bottom margin (blank), bound in contemporary vellum, overlapping along the long edge, soiled, ties removed. All edges red. Old MS shelfmark label to foot of spine (shelfmark repeated in pencil on front pastedown), a very small and unobtrusive old armorial ownership or library stamp to title-page. Second and best edition by Friedrich Taubmann of Wittenberg (1565-1613). Celebrated most for its clear and complete commentaries, the product of nearly 20 years' work (Schweiger), the book is also of interest for the contemporary world it shows up: there are letters to Taubmann by the celebrated figures Justus Lipsius, Daniel Heinsius, Isaac Casaubon, and Joseph Scaliger, and the prefatory poems include a short work, by a Bohemian called Christopher Cinesius, in Syriac and Greek! Taubmann made use of collations provided by Jan Gruter (1560-1627), the last librarian of the Palatine library in Heidelberg, whose priceless manuscripts were removed to the Vatican in 1623, after the defeat of the elector Frederick of Bohemia. Gruter produced his own edition of Plautus based on Taubmann's work in 1621. Dibdin (4th edn.) II 311. Schweiger III 764. VD 17 1:043513Q.   Ref: 21248  show full image..
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