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Prynne, William: The Soveraigne Power of Parliaments and Kingdomes: Divided into Foure Parts Together with an Appendix [...]; [bound with] Romes Master-peece [...]; [bound with] The Opening of the Great Seale of England; [bound with] An Humble Remonstrance Against the Tax of Ship-Money Lately Imposed [...] London: printed for Michael Sparke Senior, 1643. Small 4to. (225 x 170mm), pp.[xii], 56, [i], 78-112; [iv], 38, ff. 39-40, pp.41-56, ff.57-60, pp.57-79, [i]; [viii], 150, [iv], 36, 112, 121-218, [ii]; 36 (with p.36 misnumbered), [ii]; [ii], 32, [ii]; [ii], 34. Woodcut intials and decorations. Various pen and pencil annotations, occasional light spots and smudges. To the first part of Soveraigne Power, a horizontal closed tear to pp.109-10 affecting one line of text; a second tear in the same place on the following leaf has been repaired to verso, one line of text to the recto has been affected but remains legible. Approximately 1cm loss across the head margin of pp.111-2, not affecting text. A v-shaped tear to the same page creates a triangular flap (approx 2 x 1.5 x 1cm) affecting the text but causing no loss. Near contemporary brown speckled calf, almost invisibly rebacked and corners repaired, raised bands, red morocco gilt title label to spine, renewed endpapers toned at edges, faded text inked to fore-edge. An interesting and handsome copy, very good. Illegible ownership inscription to top of first title-page. Manuscript notes to two initial blanks. To the first: four lines of contemporary manuscript (the first line now illegible); a single line in later pencil, querying whether the handwriting above may be that of Prynne; the rest of the page filled with notes on Prynne in a later but still old hand. To the following page: seven lines of text in the same contemporary hand; again in pencil, 'The autograph of Prynne?'. Both of these leaves have had their tattered edges carefully repaired. We have obtained a copy of an extensive example of Prynne's handwriting from the University of Nottingham's Special Collections Department, but are unable to say definitively whether the script is his. Rome's Master-peece is found here in a variant edition with the first 'c' omitted from 'conscience ' on the title-page. It also retains its final leaf, 'The Examination of Henry Mayo'. The Opening of the Great Seale [...] has the misprint 'Lodon' to title-page. 'Although Prynne's was the officially commissioned defence by parliament of its sovereignty (and he had read, and quoted, Jean Bodin on sovereignty), it is no landmark in political theory. Rather, The Soveraigne Powers of Parliaments is a series of post hoc justifications of actions taken by the parliamentary army during the campaign itself. The full title of the work reflects Prynne's priorities: The Treachery and Disloyalty of Papists to their Soveraignes, in Doctrine and Practise.' (ODNB) ESTC R203193, R212542, R234376 & R212529 respectively; Wing P4087A, P4089, P4103, P3962' P4055, P4026 & P3982 respectively.   Ref: 51308  show full image..
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Publilius Syrus: Mimi, aucti et correcti ex codice MS. Frisingensi; cm notis viri docti, et variis lectionibus. Patavii [Padua]: Excudebat Josephus Cominus, 1740. 8vo., pp. 80. Page edges untrimmed. Slightly later half vellum with cream paper boards, red and green morocco gilt labels to spine, old paper shelfmark to tail of front joint, a little dusty. Booklabel of Leon Olschki to upper pastedown. The 'Sententiae' (or 'Mimi') of Publilius Syrus are here published by Cominus, preparatory to an edition of the works of the scholar Muretus despite this not being Muretus's edition of the work, with the connection being their pithy epigrams and prose style. It was reissued by Cominus in 1741 with the scholar's works, and again in 1769. Schweiger II 994.   Ref: 32937 
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[Quintilian] Quintilianus, Marcus Fabius: (Burmann, Peter, ed.:) De Institutione Oratoria libri duodecim. Patavii [Padua]: Excudebat Josephus Cominus. 1736. 2 vols., 8vo., pp. [xii] cli [i] 352; [353]-740, 176. A few gatherings lightly age-yellowed, half-title in vol. 2 lightly spotted. Early half vellum with plain paper boards, red and green morocco gilt labels to smooth spines, edges sprinkled red and blue, boards lightly marked. A reprint of Burmann's edition, first published in Leiden in 1720, which eclipsed 'the celebrity of all former commentators' (Dibdin); it provides the notes of Almeloveen, Gallaeus, Turnebus, Gibson, and Obrechtus, Dodwell's 'Annales', readings from three previously uncollated manuscripts, and more. Dibdin (4th edn.) II 469. Schweiger II 845.   Ref: 27781  show full image..
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Quintus Smyrnaeus: [Greek text] Ilias Kointu Smyrniau; seu Quinti Calabri paraleipomena, id est, derelicta ab Homero, XIV libris.. correcta a Laurentio Rhodomano. [With:] In Q. Calabri, seu Cointi Smyrnaei Paralipomenon Libros XIV. Cl. Dausqueii Adnotamenta. Hanover: Typis Wechelianis apud Claudium Marnium & heredes Ioannis Aubrii, [and] Frankfurt: In offic 1604; 1614. 2 vols. bound as 1, 8vo., pp. [xxxii] 709 [lxxvii] 283 [iii]; [xvi] 309 [i]. A wormtrail in last 5 leaves touching a few characters with no significant loss of sense. Light toning, a little spotting. Contemporary vellum boards, long sides overlapping, spine lettered in ink, slightly soiled. Also known as the 'Posthomerica', the first edition of this expansion of the Iliad (taking as its starting point the death of Hector and relating the rest of the Trojan war) had appeared from the Aldine press in 1505. This scholarly edition was edited by Lorenz Rhodoman (1546-1606), professor of Greek and history at Jena and Wittenberg. Bound with it is notes on the text by the Jesuit Claude Dausque (1566-1644). VD17 3:004717X; 32:631388P.   Ref: 33536  show full image..
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Rabelais, François: (Motteux, [Peter Anthony], ed.: Missy, César de, trans.:) Oeuvres [...] Suivies des Remarques Publie´es en Anglois par M. Le Motteux, et Traduites en Francois par C. D. M.. Paris: Ferdinand Bastien, An VI (1797-8). 'Nouvelle Édition'. 3 vols., 8vo., pp. [iv], xvi, 3-479, [i] + 21 plates; [iv], 634, [ii] + 15 plates; [iv], 595, [i] + 7 plates, i.e. bound with only 43 of the 76 plates called for. Intermittent foxing throughout, occasional small marks, a little worming (single hole to first and last 4 leaves and first 2 plates of vol. I, and to vol.II pp.25-111 increasing and then dwindling away), paper flaw to vol.II leaf 2O1 affecting text but not legibilty. 19th-century dark brown morocco, raised bands, compartments outlined in gilt, gilt titles and borders, a.e.g., marbled endpapers. A few light scuffs to spines, joints and edges a bit rubbed, good. Standard paper edition; 250 copies each of folio, quarto and octavo formats were printed on superior paper.   Ref: 51706  show full image..
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Rohan, [Henri] Duke of: (H[unt], H[enry] trans.:) A Treatise of the Interest of the Princes and States of Christendome. Written in French by the Most Noble and Illustrious Prince, the Duke of Rohan. London: printed by Ric. Hodgkinsonne, 1641. First London edition of this English translation. 12mo., pp.[xxiv], 59, [vii], 146, [iv]. Woodcut initials and decorations. Ink blot to p.121 obscuring a few letters, ink blot to fore-edge bleeding onto margins a little but never reaching text. Contemporary tan sheep with remains of original spine and old paper label retained, recent red spine label with gilt title, edges sprinkled red. A bit scuffed and scraped with small area of surface loss to lower board, endpapers renewed with several pencilled booksellers notes. A very good copy overall. Recent bookplate of Robert J. Hayhurst to front paste-down. Multiple ownership inscriptions of Francis Drake to initial blank, title-page, first leaf of text and other points throughout. We believe this Francis Drake to be the Second Baronet (1617-1662), politician and Colonel of the Horse who fought in the Parliamentary army during the English Civil War. He was the great-nephew of the more famous explorer of the same name. First published anonymously in Paris in 1634, it was 1638 before the Duc de Rohan's name was added to the title. Hunt's English translation was first published in Paris in 1640, with this London edition following a year later. A Treatise of the Interest... is 'a compact reflection on European international affairs' offering 'pithy advice to rulers regarding what courses of action best served the aims of security and influence, in light of the precarious balance of power between Spian and France in its time.' (Mathiowetz, Appeals to Interest (2011) p.68) Wing R1868   Ref: 51399 
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Rosinus [Roszfeld, Johan]: Antiquitatum Romanarum [...] Editio Ultima [...] [Geneva]: Stephanus Gamonetus, 1611. 4to., pp. [xxx], 600, lxxx + two folding woodcut plates, one showing a plan of Rome, the other a Roman camp. 53 further woodcuts in the text. Title-page in red and black with woodcut printer's device. Small repair to title-page, two repaired closed tears to second plate, first and last few leaves fragile at fore-edges with a little chipping, occasional light foxing and marginal staining, some paper flaws to edges not affecting text. Contemporary vellum, title inked to spine, edges sprinkled red, endpapers renewed. A bit yellowed, some marks, foredges creased, bottom edge of lower board a little worn, a very good copy overall. Small ownership inscription to title-page, crossed through. Roszfeld was a Lutheran preacher at the cathedral church of Naumburg in Saxony, where he died of plague in 1626. He is principally known for this early compilation of Roman antiquities, which was first published in 1585.   Ref: 51123 
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Rous, John: (Hearne, Thomas, ed.:) Antiquarii Warwicensis Historia Regum Angliae. E Codice MS. in Bibliotheca Bodlejana descripsit, Notisque & Indice Adornavit Tho. Hearnius... Accedit Joannis Lelandi antiquarii Naenia in mortem Henrici Duddelegi Equitis; cui praefigitur tTstimonium de Lelando amplum & praeclarum, hactenus ineditu Oxonii [Oxford]: e Theatro Sheldoniano [...] Impensis Jac. Fletcher Bibliop. Oxon. & J. Pote Etonens 1745. Second edition. 8vo., pp. xxxvi, 236 + 2 folding plates. A little light foxing, some gatherings slightly toned (e.g. E). Recently rebound in mustard half calf, raised bands, spine blind tooled and highlighted in green with a little gilt, orange spine labels with gilt titles, dark brown marbled boards, edges sprinkled brown and red, endpapers renewed, very good. Uniformly bound with our stock number 51817, Peter Langtoft's Chronicle (1725). 'As a historian, Rous can be faulted. He is often inaccurate about dates and details, and he mingled history with legend like all his English contemporaries. Nevertheless, he used a wide range of writers, often referred to his sources, and compared the population figures given in the hundred rolls of 1279 with those of places in his own day. He recognized the historical value of paintings and monuments, and though he did not altogether master the history of costume, he had an understanding of the evolution of body armour. His lists of university halls and deserted villages show an eye for institutions disregarded in his own day. With his contemporary and fellow Oxonian, William Worcester, he is deservedly recognized as one of the earliest major English antiquaries.' (ODNB) ESTC T139044   Ref: 51815 
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[Sallust] Sallustius Crispus, Gaius: Opera Omnia quae exstant. Amstelodami [Amsterdam]: Ex Officina Henrici & Viduae Theodori Boom, 1690. 8vo., pp. [xxvi] 596 [xxxviii] + add. engraved titlepage. A little light browning and spotting, faint dampmark to title, library stamp to title recto and verso, last leaf, and one other leaf, faint dampmark to title. Early 20th-century tan calf by F. & T. Aitken, neatly rebacked, spine in six compartments with raised bands, tan morocco gilt label, corners lightly worn, a few small marks to boards. Bookplate of Peterhouse College, Cambridge, to upper pastedown and their shelfmark to title. The last and best in a line of some half-dozen Dutch variorum editions of Sallust. "This is the best variorum edition...besides the notes of Gronovius, it contains the entire commentaries of Rivius, Paul Manutius, Ciaconius, and others; with the select notes of Gruter and Glareanus, &c. &c. It is a valuable book..." (Dibdin). Schweiger II 879. Dibdin (4th edn.) II 385.   Ref: 24004  show full image..
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[Sallust] Sallustius Crispus, Gaius: (Mattaire, Michael, ed.:) [Opera] quae extant. Londini [London]: Ex officina Jacobi Tonson, & Johannis Watts, 1713. 12mo., pp. [xiv], 179, [xi] + engraved portrait. Title-page in red and black. Lightly toned, occasional minor spotting, portrait offset onto facing page. Late 19th-century green long grain morocco, spine in six compartments with raised bands, second and third compartments and foot gilt-lettered direct, a.e.g., small scrape to front joint, spine slightly sunned. Mattaire's edition of Sallust, one of several classical authors he edited in the same year for Tonson & Watts. Although his editions were of no great textual significance, they were always elegantly printed and usually (as here) accompanied by exhaustive indices. ESTC T111402.   Ref: 40551 
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