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Methodius of Olympus, Saint: Episcopi et Martyris Convivium Decem Virginum. Leo Allatius haectenus non editum primus Graece vulgavit, Latine vertit, notas & diatribam de Methodiorum scriptis adiecit. Romæ [Rome]: Typis S. Congreg. de Propaganda Fide, 1656. 8vo., pp. [xvi], 435, [xiii]. Text in Greek and Latin. Printer's device of an elaborate bee on title page and p.386, initials and tailpieces. Some light foxing, a few small marginal holes not affecting text. Contemporary vellum, ink title to spine, edges mottled red. Spine slightly darkened, boards marked, a few surface wormholes, endpapers rumpled and dusted. Armorial bookplate to front paste down, ownership inscription of Michaëlis Angeli Giacomelli to f.f.e.p. verso. Booksellers notes pencilled to f.f.e.p., 'Autograph of M.A. Giacomelli, Archbishop of Chalcedon, with his bookplate'. Embossed armorial stamp to title page. The first complete edition of Methodius's 'The Banquet of Virgins' - selections had been published in 1644 at Paris - by the church father Saint Methodius, bishop of Olympus and then Tyre. Several of his other works survive as fragments, with this one, written around 300 AD and popular through the rest of late antiquity, the only one known in its entirety. A stylistic imitation of Plato's Symposium, except that the participants, a group of ten virgins, praise the state of virginity instead of love. The text is published in Greek with a parallel Latin translation.   Ref: 46400 
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Molloy, Charles: De Jure Maritimo et Navali: or, a Treatise of Affairs Maritime, and of Commerce. In Three Books. The Eighth Edition, with Many Valuable Additions. London: printed for John Walthoe, 1744. 8vo., pp. [ii], xvii [i.e.xv], [iii], 505, xli + double-page frontispiece. Occasional foxing, some toning to frontispieces and towards edges. A little worming to first 4 leaves, becoming two small holes then dwindling to one until approx. halfway through. Contemporary brown calf with blind-tooled border. Spine very worn with endcaps lost, joints repaired, area of surface loss at top corner of upper board and other corners fraying, rubbed, inner hinge reinforced with cloth tape, endpapers (apart from ffep) renewed. Worn, but a good, sound copy. Molloy (1645/6–1690) an Irish lawyer and writer on law, 'wrote an extensive treatise on maritime law, De jure maritime et navali, or, A treatise of affaires maritime, and of commerce (1676), which also dealt with naval and military discipline and the prize jurisdiction of the Admiralty. It was a popular work because it catered for the needs of lawyers, and went through many editions. The tenth edition was published in 1778.' (ODNB) ESTC T96880   Ref: 50656 
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Nicolson, William: The English Historical Library: Or, a Short View and Character of most of the Writers now Extant, either in Print or Manuscript; Which may be Serviceable to the Undertakers of a General History of this Kingdom; Part II. Giving a Catalogue of the most of our Ecclesiastical Historian London: printed for Abel Swall and T. Child; Abel Swall; Timothy Childe; T. Childe, 1696; 1697; 1699; 1702. First editions. 4 vols., 8vo., pp. [xxxiv], 232, [viii]; [iv], li, [i], 233, [vii]; [iv], xxvii, [i], 315, [v]; [ii], 4, xxxix, [i], 376. Final advertisement leaf to vol. I, all with the usual errors in pagination. Occasional light dampstaining and spotting, heavier to vol.II; vol.III toned from gathering Q onwards, with printing flaw to both sides of H7 resulting in a blank 8mm-wide vertical stripe; vol. IV, first 3 leaves loosened from centre to tail edge. Uniformly bound in contemporary brown blind-panelled calf, burgundy gilt morocco labels to spines, edges sprinkled red. Rubbed and dried with some surface loss, most joints beginning to crack at head and tail, vols. I and III endcaps fraying. Unsophisticated contemporary bindings, tired but sound and still good overall. Ownership inscription of Martin Bowes to each front paste-down. Nicolson (1655–1727) was Bishop of Carlisle and then Derry, and was an enthusiastic collector of manuscripts. '[H]is most important work was his English Historical Library, published in 1696–9, a comprehensive bibliography of printed and manuscript materials on English history, compiled with a patriotic as well as a scholarly purpose. The work was also infused with a vigorous wit, which made austere commentators suspicious, and there were inevitably errors, which exposed Nicolson to the criticism that he was hasty and sometimes slapdash in his scholarship. He then turned his attention northwards, and in 1702 produced a Scottish Historical Library (1702). Much later, when he was domiciled in Ireland, there followed an Irish Historical Library (1724), though this was seriously marred by his manifest ignorance of the Irish language. The three works were reprinted together in a compendium volume in 1736.' (ODNB) ESTC R9263, R470729, R16077, T56136; Wing N 1146, 1147, 1148 (1st 3 vols.); Lowndes 1691   Ref: 51710 
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Nonius Marcellus; Fulgentius, Fabius Planciades: (Godefroy, Denis, ed.:) [De compendiosa doctrina &] De Proprietate Sermonum. Nunc denuo innumeris locis restituti, & locupletati. Parisiis [Paris]: Apud Hieronymum de Marnef, & Viduam Gulmi Cavellat, 1586. 8vo., pp. [viii] 680 [xxxvi]. Tiny marginal wormhole, once or twice touching a letter in printed marginalia, neat paper repairs to blank corners of first 2 and last 8 leaves, some other corners just a little chipped, some light spotting and browning. Contemporary limp vellum, neatly recased with new cords and endpapers, new ties, edges renewed in places, somewhat darkened. A collection of works attributed to the 3rd/4th-century grammarian Nonius Marcellus and the 5th/6th-century writer Fabius Planciades Fulgentius (whose grammatical writings owe much to Nonius Marcellus). Marcellus's work, known as the 'De compendiosa doctrina', contains 12 chapters on grammar and 8 chapters on other subjects including food, costume, and navigation. Fulgentius's work, usually called the 'Expositio sermonum antiquorum', is an explanation of obscure words. The editor, Denis Godefroy, was a French jurist who circulated between Geneva, Strassburg, and Heidelberg as war and persecution demanded. Among his other works he produced a new and important edition of the 'Corpus Iuris Civilis'. Schweiger II 372, 618.   Ref: 24002  show full image..
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Ocellus Lucanus: (Vizzanius, Carolus Emmanuel, ed.:) De Universi Natura. Textum e Graeco in Latinum transtulit. Bononiae [Bologna]: ex Typographia Ferroniana, 1646. 4to., pp. [xxiv], 224, [iv], 225-348, [xvi]. Intermittent marginal dampstaining, a few gatherings browned, one leaf with a repaired marginal tear. 18th-century vellum boards, spine divided by blind rules, one compartment dyed yellow and lettered in gilt, another lettered direct, somewhat soiled and stained. Gilt stamp of the Birmingham Medical Institute to spine and their small stamp to title. On the Nature of the Universe, the only extant treatise by Ocellus Lucanus, the 5th-century Pythagorean philosopher. It had been printed in Latin beginning in 1541 (the original Greek, unusually, having appeared first, two years earlier), and several times more in the 16th century; this edition and its 1661 reprint were joined by only one other edition (Gale's, at Cambridge) in the 17th. Vizzanius, the editor, is notable for addressing the authenticity of the work in his preface, using considerations of dialect which Warburton later accused Bentley of plagiarising in his criticism of Phalaris. Warburton was probably mistaken, but having anticipated Bentley in assessing the authenticity of Greek texts is no small feat.   Ref: 43263 
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Oppian: (Rittershausen, Konrad, ed.; Turnèbe, Adrien, trans.:) Oppiani Poëtæ Cilicis [...] De Venatione [...] De Piscatu [...] cum interpretatione Latina, commentariis & indice rerum [...]. Confectis studio & opera Conradi Rittershusii [...] Lugduni Batavorum [Leiden]: Ex Officina Plantiniana, Apud Franciscum Raphelengium, 1597. First edition thus. 3 parts in 1 vol., 8vo, pp. [lxxxviii], 376, [xxxii]; [viii], 344, 164, [iv]. Parallel Greek and Latin texts, Latin commentary, with final errata leaf. Woodcut printers device and a few initials. Lightly toned, sporadic dampstaining to fore- and head edges especially at front and rear, occasional small spots and ink smudges. Contemporary limp speckled vellum, later heavily gilt dark brown calf backstrip added over existing vellum, edges faintly sprinkled red. Endcaps a little curled, a bit soiled, top edge darkened, no free endpapers, short tear to front paste-down repaired with small piece of tape. A very good copy overall, in an interestingly modified binding. To front paste-down: crossed-through inscription of Owen Williams dated 1923; inscription of David [Ian?] Williams dated 1927. Partially erased round ink stamp to title-page. First printing of this edition containing previously unedited Scholia on the treatise on fishing, and new Latin translations. 'A most excellent edition. Turnebus's is collated with three additional MSS, and various readings are inserted from the previous editions. It has also a learned proem upon the life and writings of Oppian. The Latin version is new, and the notes and indexes are copious and useful. What renders it particularly curious is, the having some ancient, and before inedited, Scholia on the treatise of fishing. Although this publication has not escaped the severity of Schneider's animadversions, the student will do well to treasure it among the most useful as well as scarce editions of Oppian.' (Dibdin) Adams O207; Dibdin II (4th edn.) 252; Schwerdt II, p.50   Ref: 52183 
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Orosius, Paulus: (Havercamp, S., ed.:) Adversus Paganos historiarum libri septem, ut et apologeticus contra Pelagium de arbitrii libertate. Ad fidem MSS. et praesertim Cod. Langob. antiquiss. Bibliothecae Florentinae Mediceae S. Laurentii, adjectis integris notis Franc. Fabricii Marcodurani et Lud. Lautii [...] Lugduni Batavorum [Leiden]: apud Gerardum Potuliet, 1738. First edition. 4to., pp. [xxxviii], 634, [xxx]. Title in red and black with engraving of both sides of an ancient coin, numerous further engravings of coins in the text. Occasional light spots and smudges but generally clean, three library inkstamps to title-page verso with one slightly offset to first page of text. Contemporary vellum, title inked to spine, all edges red. Darkened, a bit grubby, small stain to upper board, endpapers smudgy with library code to front paste-down, but still a very good copy. Important edition of works of the 5th-cent. author and pupil of Augustine, Paulus Orosius, including his 'Histories', an "apologetic response to the pagan argument that the coming of Christianity had brought disaster to the world" (OCD). It was not surpassed textually until the nineteenth century. The publication is also attractive for the large quantity of numismatic evidence that is used to illustrate the commentary. Schweiger III 622: "Neue Recens. der Geschichtbücher nach 11 Hdschr. u. älteren Ausgg."   Ref: 50151 
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[Ovid] Ovidius Naso, Publius: (Burman, Pieter, ed.:) Opera Omnia IV. Voluminibus Comprehensa; cum integris Jacobi Micylli, Herculis Ciofani, et Danielis Heinsii notis, et Nicolai Heinsii curis secundis, et aliorum in singulas partes, partim integris, partim excerptis, adnotationibus / cura et studio Petri Burmanni, qui et suas in omne opus no Amstelodami [Amsterdam]: apud Janssonio Waesbergios, 1727. 4 vols., 4to., pp. [xxvi], 863, [i]; [ii], 1102, [iv]; [vi], 900; [ii], 167, [i], 263, [lxi], 582 + added engraved titles to vols. I-III, and numismatic plate opposite to vol. IV. Individual title-page to each volume, half title to vols. I, II and IV as usual, with additional collective title to vol.I. Titles in red and black, woodcut initials and head- & tail-pieces, some illustrations in text of vol.III, addenda leaf covering all four volumes to rear of vol.IV. Vol. I with light stain (faded ink?) to title and opposite page; vol. II with short, closed marginal tear to pp.831-2; vol. III with tiny worm trail to lower gutter occasional affecting lower margin, a few smudgy marginal marks and a tiny hole to pp.549-50 just touching a couple of letters; vol. IV with occasional toned leaves and the Appendix a bit toned and foxed, tiny worm trail to lower margin towards front and rear, small loss to lower margin to pp.249-50 of Index. Contemporary lightly speckled tan calf, spines heavily gilt with raised bands and reddish morocco title labels, gilt borders to each board, edges mottled blue. Very worn, some crackling to spines, upper boards loosening to vols. I and II and almost off vol. IV, corners bumped, ffeps lacking in vol. I and loose in vol.II. Worn, but still a very good working copy. "This beautiful and erudite performance may be considered as the 'editio longe praestantissima' of Ovid. [...] a work almost indispensable to those students who wish to enter minutely into the beauties and illustrations of the poet" (Dibdin). He also quotes Harwood's opinion that this edition 'may justly be esteemed the chef-d'oeuvre of Burman; it is one of the noblest and correctest of the Dutch classics.' It also features on Dibdin's list of the 'editiones optimae' of quarto variora. Dibdin (4th edn.) II 268; Moss II 344; Graesse V 70; Brunet IV 113; Schweiger II, 631   Ref: 52291 
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[Ovid] Ovidius Naso, Publius: [Burmann, P., ed.:] Opera, in III Tomos Divisa. Amstelaedami [Amsterdam]: J. Wetstenium, 1751. 3 vols. as 1. 12mo. in 8s, pp. [xl], 248; 284, [xii]; 301, [iii], including half-title and engraved title-page to each volume, and final blank leaf at rear. A few tiny marginal annotations, e.g. p.17, p.142. Occasional light spots and stains, a few leaves unopened to vols. II & III. Recent brown calf, spine gilt ruled and with black morocco label, blind-tooled frame to each board, new endbands, edges lightly sprinkled red and brown, new marbled endpapers. Tiny scuff to tail of spine, first half-title a little stuck to endpaper at gutter slightly obscuring 'O' of 'Ovidii'. A very good copy in a neat modern binding. The half-title to the first volume reads: 'Publii Ovidii Nasonis opera in III tomos divisa'. Schweiger II 632   Ref: 52059 
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Paris, Matthew: (Watts, William, ed.:) Historia Major. Juxta Exemplar Londinense 1640. verbatim recusa [...] Huic Editione accesserunt, duorum Offarum Merciorum Regum; & viginti trium Abbatum S. Albani Vitae: una cum Libro Additamentorum. Londini [London], Impensis A. Mearne, T. Dring, B. Tooke, T. Sawbridge, & G. Wells 1684. Folio, pp. [xxxiv], 424, 451-859, 856-861, [i], [xcvi], [xii], 961-1048, 1041-1175, [xxxvii] + portrait frontispiece. With all usual errors in pagination. The section titled 'Adversaria sive Variantes Lectiones' and the Indices are bound after the main part of the text, instead of at the beginning as in the ESTC copy. Title in red and black with woodcut device, some woodcut initials. A few tiny smudges and wax spots, small blue ink mark to lower margin of frontis, short closed tear to lower margin pp.695-6. Contemporary dark brown mottled calf, sturdily rebacked, raised bands, gilt title label, edges sprinkled red. Very scuffed, edges worn but corners repaired, a very good, sound copy overall. Reprint of the first complete edition of Matthew Paris' works. Watts added to Archbishop Parker's edition of the 'Historia Major' (1571) Matthew's unpublished minor works (real and suppositious), besides his own notes on variant readings and parallel sources (Roger Wendover, William Rishanger, and others). He produced overall an impressive piece of early modern English historical scholarship, complete with glossary and index. Matthew Paris (d. 1259), a historian and the official chronicler at St. Alban's monastery, was a favourite of King Henry III, and a sharp reporter on contemporary political life. Watts (1590-1649) was also chaplain to Prince Rupert of the Rhine, the Civil War commander. Wing P 359; ESTC R25517   Ref: 51274 
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