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
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: 21248show full image..
Polignac, Melchior de: Anti-Lucretius, sive de Deo et Natura, libri novem. Parisiis [Paris]: Apud Hippolytum-Ludovicum Guerin, & Jacobum Guerin 1747. 2 vols., 8vo., pp. [ii] xxx [ii] 180; [iv] 181-450 + frontispiece. Without half-title in first volume. Some light browning and spotting. Contemporary calf, neatly rebacked with old green morocco gilt labels preserved, corners and hinges renewed, old leather scratched and slightly worn around the sides. A posthumously published poem in the Lucretian style offering a Christian and Cartesian refutation of Lucretius and Epicurean philosophy. Cardinal Polignac's (1661-1742) philosophy is "questionable, but the poem is, in form, the best imitation of Lucretius and Virgil extant" (Catholic Encyclopedia). Brunet IV 777. Ref: 25031
Pollux, Julius: (Lederlin, J.H.; Hemsterhuys, T.): Onomasticon Graece & Latine. Amstelaedami [Amsterdam], Ex Officina Wetsteniana 1706. 2 vols., folio, pp. [viii] 683 [i]; [ii] 687-1388 178 [x] + 1 folding plate. Half-title to each volume, to vol. I. an engraved title and engraved frontispiece with Amsterdam coat of arms, vol.I title page in red and black, woodcut initials, parallel Greek and Latin texts. Fold-out plate of coins before p.1027 in vol. II. The first page of text in each volume has a portion of its fore-edge margin excised, seemingly to remove ms. Occasional faint staining to fore-edge margins, a few wax spots, upper half of r.f.e.p. excised. Contemporary blind-tooled vellum, titles inked to spines, edges sprinkled red. Spines a little darkened, slightly grubby with a few small stains but a very good set. To the front of each volume a partially erased ownership inscription dated 1837. An interesting and important edition of the 2nd-century AD Greek thesaurus of Iulius Pollux, which had been begun and abandoned by Jean-Henri Lederlin (1672-1737). His replacement as editor, Tiberius Hemsterhuys (1685-1766), professor at Amsterdam, has "the honour of reviving the study of Greek in the Netherlands" (Sandys). For this edition he wrote for advice to Richard Bentley, the expert on Greek metre, but received his suggestions after the book went to press. Bentley later sent a long letter giving corrections to the texts of the fragments of comedy as found here in book 10. "So deep was [Hemsterhuys's] distress that he determined to abandon Greek for ever, and for two months did not dare to open a Greek book" (ibid.) Pollux is a source of information on many subjects, including theatre, the Athenian constitution, and the thirty-three terms of abuse for a tax-collector. The text survived only in interpolated copies of an early interpolated epitome. Schweiger I 270: "Gute Ausg." Sandys II 449; Hoffmann III, 262. Ref: 50152
Pollux, Julius: (Lederlinus, J.H., and T. Hemsterhuis, comm.:) Onomasticum Graece & Latine. Post egregiam illam Wolfgangi Seberi editionem denuo immane quantum emendatum, suppletum, & illustratum, ut docebunt praefationes ; praeter W. Seberi notas olim editas ; accedit commentarius doctissimus Gothofredi Jungermanni, nunc tandem a tenebris Amstelaedami: ex Officina Wetsteniana, 1706. 2 vols. Folio, pp. [viii], 48, 683, [i]; [ii], 687-1388, [xvi], 178, [x] + folding plate to vol. II. Addtional engraved title page and frontispiece, title page in red and black, woodcut initials. Very occasional light foxing and patchy toning, a few tiny wax spots but generally clean within. Slightly later lightly speckled brown calf, ornate gilt spines with terracotta-coloured morocco labels, edges sprinkled red. Joints cracking but cords holding firm, endcaps worn with some loss, a bit rubbed, corners bumped, a little creasing to endpapers. A good, attractive set. Wellington College Boys' Library bookplate to each front paste-down. The Onomasticon, a 2nd century AD thesaurus of Attic Greek phrases which preserves much significant material, as edited primarily by J. H. Lederlin - with the last three books taken care of by Hemsterhuis. The edition impressed Bentley, who sent Hemsterhuis an admiring letter, including some conjectures of his own on the text (and it is said that the brilliance of these conjectures nearly put the Dutch scholar off any future attempts at Greek). Ref: 51003show full image..
Prior, Matthew: Poems on Several Occasions. London: Printed for Jacob Tonson, and John Barber, 1718. Large Paper Copy (460 x 280mm). Folio, pp. [xlii], 506, [vi], including engraved frontispiece. Paper with Strasburg bend watermark (fleur-de-lys surmounting a shield), which generally denotes a subscriber's copy, as normal copies were issued with the London arms watermark.. Finely engraved title-page vignette, head-and tail-pieces, ornaments and initials. Occasional offsetting, a little light marginal foxing, some leaves a bit toned (e.g. 5F), ink stain to p.8 showing through to p.7 but not obscuring text. Contemporary Cambridge-style panelled calf, neatly rebacked, spine heavily gilt with raised bands and red morocco label, edges sprinkled red; corners, some edges and a scrape to lower board neatly repaired. Horizontal closed tear to headcap, lightly rubbed, inner hinges repaired, a few spots and smudges to endpapers and three dots of red sealing wax to each paste-down. A very handsome copy of the finest edition of this work. Early 18th-century Jacobean style armorial bookplate with arms of the Tryon family to front paste-down, with 'M.8.' pencilled beneath. Rowland Tryon Esq. and William Tryon Esq. both appear in the List of Subscribers. Rowland Tryon was a nephew of Sir Philip Warwick and inherited Frognal House in Bromley from him in 1691. Though his family were from working class origins, Rowland had made his fortune trading in the West Indies. He died in 1720 and left the house to his brother William, a wealthy City financier and philanthropist. To the title-page verso, bookplate of Sir Peter Thompson in the Chippendale style, with the motto 'Nil Conscire Sibi', signed Mynde. Thompson (1698–1770) was a successful merchant and enthusiatic book collector. 'Much of his posthumous claim to fame rests on his book collection which included the pioneering topographical works of William Borlase and William Stukeley, and many manuscripts and annotated works of contemporary antiquaries, particularly Joseph Ames and John Lewis. Books bearing his bookplate are to be found in several major libraries. He left his library to his namesake, Captain Peter Thompson of the Dorset militia, who was his godson and relative, and who kept the books packed up in boxes in the house until 1781. However, the collection remained intact until 1815 when it was sold by E. H. Evans.' (ODNB) Having been questioned by a secret committee investigating corruption and treason in the Tory party in 1715, Prior found himself confined in the home of the serjeant-at-arms of the House of Commons for more than a year before being released 26th June 1716. Upon his release, his political career irretrievably over, he was in a desparate situation financially. 'To assist him, Bathurst and Lord Harley conceived the scheme of bringing out his poems in a subscription edition. Details of the plan were worked out at a meeting in January 1717, at which Bathurst, Harley, Prior, Pope, Gay, Arbuthnot, and Erasmus Lewis were present. Jacob Tonson, who was much experienced in subscription publication, was to be its publisher, and Alexander Pope, who had himself recently brought out his Iliad in a very successful subscription, would be a valuable adviser. When the volume finally appeared in mid-March 1719, it was a large, handsome folio, 1 foot across and 1 yard tall, 500 pages long, with a list of 1445 persons who had subscribed for 1786 books. The book reprinted and reordered all the poems from the 1709 edition of Poems on Several Occasions and added a number of poems written since that time, notably Solomon and Alma. Though he probably did not make as much money as is commonly cited (4000 guineas), Prior undeniably made a small fortune by this publication and found himself comfortably off for the rest of his life, independently wealthy and no longer dependent on repayments from a remiss and recalcitrant government.' (ODNB) The size of this volume, the largest issued, has often attracted comment. In his note to the 1905 edition of Poems on Several Occasions, its editor A.R. Waller writes: 'This folio was issued in three sizes [...] Of these eighteenth-century examples of large-paper issues Mr Austin Dobson remarks, "with the small copy of 1718 Johnson might have knocked down Osborne the bookseller; with the same work in its tallest form... Osborne the bookseller might have laid prostrate the 'Great Lexicographer' himself." Those who have seen the "greatest" copy will not doubt the truth of this statement. Desirous of being suitably equipped in the "Battle of the Books", I have used a medium copy measuring 16 3/8 ins. x 10 3/4 ins.' In imperial terms, the copy here measures 18 1/2 ins. x 11 3/4. ESTC T75639; Foxon 641 Ref: 52035
Prior, Matthew: Poems on Several Occasions. London: printed for J. and R. Tonson and S. Draper and H. Lintot, 1754. 12mo., pp. [xxiv], 402, [vi], including portrait frontispiece. Sporadic toning and foxing, particularly to margins. Contemporary polished brown calf, raised bands, red label to spine, traces of red to edges. Spine rubbed with surface crackling, upper joint and head of lower joint repaired, inner hinged repaired, endpapers toned at edges. Still very good overall. Inscription of E. Richmond Swales to front paste-down. Older inscription with the surname Le Mesurier to title-page. COPAC finds this issue as a single volume (1754) and also as a two-volume set (1754-1767). Whilst nothing internally indicates any lack, a barely visible 'I' to the spine suggests that this volume may once have been accompanied by a second work. Matthew Prior (1664–1721), was a gifted poet and diplomat. Prior began his education at Westminster School, but his father's death in 1675 forced him to leave and begin work in his brother's tavern. The following year Charles Sackville, sixth earl of Dorset (patron of Dryden and Congreve amongst others), visited the tavern and observed the twelve-year-old Prior reading Horace whilst working behind the bar. 'Dorset asked Matthew to construe a passage or two of Horace, then to turn a Horatian ode into English. He did so with such skill that on subsequent visits to the tavern Dorset often asked him to entertain his friends and himself by turning Horace or Ovid into English verse. Finally, the earl of Dorset offered to pay Prior's tuition to return to Westminster School, if his uncle Arthur would pay for his clothing and other necessities. The Priors gratefully accepted this offer, and Matthew returned to Westminster School about 1676, becoming a king's scholar there in 1681, an award based on his distinction in classical languages.' (ODNB) Prior went on to win one of the first five Duchess of Somerset scholarships to St John's College, Cambridge, and graduated in 1687. Poems on Several Occasions' first appearance was in 1707, in a pirated edition produced by Edmund Curll. Tonson printed the first official edition, meticulously prepared by Prior, in 1709. 'Prior himself spoke of the poetry contained in this collection as divided into four categories—'Public Panegyrics', 'Amorous Odes', 'Idle Tales', and 'Serious Reflections'—but some of its most famous poems ('Henry and Emma', 'An English Padlock', and 'Jinny the Just') do not fit easily into any one of these four categories.' (ODNB). The book proved extremely popular and a second edition was printed in the same year, followed by further editions in 1711, 1713, and 1717. ESTC T75658 Ref: 52037
Propertius, Sextus Aurelius: [Broekhuizen, Joan van, ed.:] Elegiarum, libri quatuor : ad fidem veterum membranarum sedulo castigati. Accedunt notae, & terni indices; quorum primus omnes voces Propertianas complectitur. Amstelaedami [Amsterdam]: Henricum Wetstenium & Rod. & Gerh. Wetstenios, 1702. Small 4to. (240 x 180mm), pp. [xxviii], 423, [ci]. Title page in red and black with engraved vignette. Library inkstamps to title-page and preliminary blanks, small closed tear to fore-edge margin p.61 not affecting text, top of head margins a little toned. Contemporary vellum, gilt tan calf label to spine, edges faintly sprinkled red. Smudged and a little darkened in places, front joint and corners a bit worn, paste-downs loosening, some loss to head of f.f.e.p. (apparently to remove an inscription), edges dusty. Metropolitan Special Collections Southwark library inkstamps, plus remains of library label to front paste-down. Leaf of Latin notes in an old hand loosely inserted to rear. Described by Dibdin as a 'very valuable' edition. The first major work of Joan van Broekhuizen (1649-1707), initially an army-man, where he became friends with Graevius (who reportedly arranged for his pardon for duelling, through Nicholas Heinsius). After retiring from the army he turned to scholarship, also producing an edition of Tibullus and composing poetry in Latin. Dibdin (4th edn.) I 384; Brunet IV 904 Ref: 46433
Propertius, Sextus: (Volpi, J.A.; Passerat, J. & Broukhusius, J.:) [Opera] Patavii [Padua]: excudebat Josephus Cominus, 1755. 2 vols., 4to., pp. [x], LXVIII, 156, 560; [ii], 563-1290, [vi]. Lacking initial blank to vol.I. (as seems usual based copies previously held). Vol. I title-page in red and black with engraved vignette, woodcut initials, head- and tail-pieces; vol. II with half-title only, as called for. Vol. ii with errata and colophon to final leaves. A few neat pencil annotations, some pencilled booksellers' notes and codes to preliminary blanks. Small wormhole to centre of first 3 leaves of vol.I, touching a few letters. Light foxing to start of vol.I up to about p.XV and to first 2 leaves of vol.II, otherwise a clean and bright copy overall. Early 19th-century brown calf, rebacked with original spines retained. Spines heavily gilt with flat raised bands, directly lettered with author and editor's names and volume numbers, ornate gilt and blind-toooled borders, a.e.g., marbled endpapers. Laid-down original spines a little crackled, corners worn, a few scuff marks mostly to vol.II, endpapers discreetly repaired at hinges. A very good, hansdome set. To the front paste-down of each volume: small green straight-grain morocco book label with gilt borders, crest of a cockerel and the initials B.C.B.; early 20th-century armorial bookplate of George Charlewood Turner (1891-1967). Turner was a schoolmaster, headmaster and university principal. He began his career at Marlborough, then in 1939 moved to Kampala, Uganda to become principal of Makerere University College. On his return to England in 1947 he was appointed headmaster of Charterhouse School where 'after wartime difficulties, his mild but firm regime gave needed time for recovery' (ODNB). To the first blank leaf of vol.I, the pencilled ownership inscription of H.H. Vaughan, together with some notes on the purchase of these volumes, initialled by him. We believe this to be the inscription of the historian and university reformer Henry Halford Vaughan (1811–1885). An influential figure at Oxford University, Vaughan was renowned for his dazzling lectures but published little. First Volpi edition of the poems of Propertius (fl. first century B.C.), often on the subject of love and the author's devotion to his mistress, Cynthia. 'His vivid recreation of his affair with Cynthia, his literary range and his political independence make Propertius one of the most captivating of the Latin poets' (OCD). Volpi (1686-1766) was professor of philosophy at Padua from 1727, and professor of eloquence from 1736. This book is from his own highly successful publishing house, which he set up in 1717, and entrusted to Giuseppe Comino (Josephus Cominus). 'Les livres [...] ne tardèrent pas à lui assurer une réputation bien meritée par la correction du texte, par l'elégance des caractères et par les annotations critiques qui les accompagnent. Les éditions des classiques anciens et modernes enrichies de commentaires et de notes savantes, dues à la plume de Volpi et généralement recherchées des érudits, sont le principal titre de sa gloire' (NBG). Dibdin writes of this edition that, 'The celebrity acquired by Vulpius in his editions of Catullus and Tibullus is far from being diminished by this excellent and critical edition of Propertius [...]' Dibdin I (4th edn.) 385; Schweiger III 831 Ref: 51891
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: 51308show full image..