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..
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
[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; -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: 27781show full image..
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: 33536show full image..
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
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: 51706show full image..
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
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