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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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R(ay), J(ohn): A Collection of English Proverbs Digested into a Convenient Method for the Speedy Finding any one upon Occasion; with Short Annotations, Whereunto are added Local Proverbs with their Explications, Old Proverbial Rhythmes, Less known or Exotick Proverbial Sentences, and Scottish Proverbs. Cambridge: printed by John Hayes, printer to the University, for W. Morden, 1670. First edition. 8vo., pp. [viii], 296. Title-page in red and black, woodcut initials and head-pieces. A few short pencil notes and marks, note on the author to ffep. Title-page laid down, pp. 127-8 loosening, tiny wormhole near head of page beginning p.117 and becoming a small trail pp.209-226 then reducing again but not affecting text. Contemporary brown calf, gilt label to spine. A bit rubbed, spine a little chipped and creased, lower joint cracking at head and tail, endcaps and corners repaired but now worn, some light spots and smudges, endpapers split at hinges but boards holding firm. A very good copy. To front paste-down, inscriptions of: H.J.P. Proby 'ex lib K.G.P. 1820'; J. Tattersall 'Exor. of the above, July 1857'; Frank Muir. Small book label of J.O. Edwards. To ffep: an MS note on John Ray signed by John Tattersall and dated 1857. To head of title-page: ownership inscription of Jonathan Gowan. To title-page verso, through the paper to which is has been laminated, two inscriptions in different hands are visible: the first is possibly signed Vernon and is dated 1677; the second is mostly illegible. To the head of A2, inscription of P. Lancaster in an old hand. To the rfep: inscription of Jane Howard; a Latin proverb in a different hand. To the rear paste-down: pencil notes on the text. John Ray [Wray until 1670] (1627–1705), naturalist and theologian, travelled around the United Kingdom in order to collect botanical specimens gather topographical and botanical information for his work. During his travels he also amassed a store of knowledge about regional antiquities, customs and language, which formed the basis of this Collection of English Proverbs (a revised edition followed in 1678). Ray continued with his work on this theme and in 1674 published his Collection of English Words. ESTC R13689; Wing R368   Ref: 52248 
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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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Ross, Alexander: [Davies, John, trans.:] [Greek letters] Pansebeia: or, A View of all Religions in the world: with the several church-governments, from the creation to these times. Also, a discovery of all known heresies in all ages and places: and choice observations & reflections throughout th [with] Apocalypsis: or, the revelation of certain notorious advancers of heresie [...] London: printed by Sarah Griffin for J.S [...], 1664. 2 parts in 1. 8vo., pp. [xxxii], 544, [xxxii], 78, [ii], including engraved portrait frontispiece by Lombart. MS longitudinal half-title, 'Ross his View of Religions'. Woodcut initials, second part with separate title-page, 3A1 and 3a4 blanks, and several engraved portraits in the text. Dampstain to fore-edge margin of frontis and half-title, diminishing through the first gathering, ink smudge to p.182 obscuring a couple of words, tiny wormhole to final leaf affecting a few letters, gathering 2N (a table) cropped close with slight loss at fore-edge in some places, occasional light spots and smudges. Recent tan morocco, red gilt title label to spine, gilt and carbon-tooled borders with small carbon-tooled centrepiece to each board, edges coloured red, endpapers renewed. Spine slightly creased, very light shelf-wear, a very good copy in a competent modern binding. Fourth edition of Ross' (1591–1654) Pansebia (first published 1652), to which is added the third edition of Apocalypsis (first edition in English, 1655). Apocalypsis was translated by John Davies from the Latin edition, Apocalypsis insignium aliquot hæresiarcharvm (Leiden, 1608), which was taken from the Dutch original, Growelen der vornemsten hooft-ketteren by H. L. van Haestens (Leiden, 1607). ESTC R218401; Wing R1974 & 1945A   Ref: 52188 
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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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