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[Diamond Classics] St. Pierre, Bernardin: Paul and Virginia: and the Indian Cottage: From the French [...] London: Jones & Company, Temple of the Muses, (late Lackington's), 1829. 24mo., pp. [viii], 192 + engraved portrait frontispiece and additional title-page. Frontis, title and their tissue guard a little toned, but generally clean. Bound in beige cloth textured to give the appearace of straight-grain morocco, black and gilt paper label to spine, a.e.g., bright green endpapers. Spine a bit faded, a little separation between rear endpaper and textblock, but still very good. To the top corner of the front paste-down a small oval inkstamp of William's Library, Cheltenham. Ffep inscribed: 'Albert Little. the gift of his faithful Friend Eliza E(?), March 11. 1832'. Based on William's 1795 translation. 'The Temple of the Muses' in Finsbury Square was originally established by James Lackington in 1794. It was famed for both the vastness and cheapness of its stock (as suggested by the catalogue bound at the front of this volume), and displayed its motto 'The Cheapest Bookstore in the World' proudly on its frontage. Though Lackington himself retired in 1798 publications continued to appear until 1841, when 'The Temple of the Muses' was destroyed by fire. The series title under which this volume was published is 'Diamond Classics', and the format emulates the series of the same name published by William Pickering.   Ref: 51910 
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[Diamond Classics] Tasso, Torquato: La Gerusalemme Liberata. Londra [London]: G. Pickering, 1822. First volume only, of two. 48mo. (87 x 47mm), pp. [iv], 199, [i] + engraved portrait frontispiece and additional title-page. Text in Italian. A few light smudges here and there, small ink blot to additional title-page. Contemporary brownish grey cloth. A little rubbed with some small marks, a few leaves unopened at head edge, but still good. Early 20th-century inscription of A.C. Bernard to additional title-page verso. A volume in Pickering's famous 'Diamond Classics' series.   Ref: 51869 
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[Diamond Classics] Tasso, Torquato: La Gerusalemme Liberata. London: William Pickering, 1822. 2 vols. in 1. 24mo., pp. [iv], 199, [i]; [iii], 204-405, [iii], + portrait frontispiece and additional engraved frontispiece, including single-leaf publisher's catalogue at rear. Some toning to frontis, additional title-page and title-page but otherwise clean.Contemporary black morocco with gilt spine, borders and dentelles, a.e.g., scarlet endpapers. Joints a little rubbed but still a very good, attractively-bound copy. Ownership inscription of Elizabeth Frances Drury (b.1809) of Harrow to a preliminary blank. She was the daughter of respected Classical scholar and Harrow School master Henry Joseph Thomas Drury (17781841). First issue of this edition from Pickering's 'Diamond Classics' series. Dedicated to George John, 2nd Earl Spencer (1758-1834), the renowned bibliophile. Keynes p.63, 91   Ref: 51908 
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[Diamond Classics] Walton, Izaak: The Lives of Donne, Wotton, Hooker, Herbert and Sanderson. London: William Pickering, 1827. 48mo. (86 x 50mm), pp. [vi], xix, [i], 442 + engraved frontispiece. Frontis, its tissue guard and the final leaf very slightly toned but otherwise clean. Some leaves unopened at head edge. Red cloth, printed paper spine label (toned and significantly chipped). Lightly rubbed, endcaps a little creased, top edge a bit dusty, still very good. Ownership inscription of A.C. Bernard dated May 1901 duplicated in both ink and pencil to ffep. A volume in Pickering's famous 'Diamond Classics' series.   Ref: 51868 
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[Diamond Classics] [Horace] Horatius Flaccus, Quintus: [Opera] Londini [London]: Gulielmus Pickering, 1826 (from colophon; title dated 1824). 48mo., pp. 192 + frontispiece. Brown publisher's cloth, remains of worn paper label to spine. Rubbed, endcaps worn with some tiny losses, cloth splitting at head of and along upper joint, corners frayed, endpapers splitting but binding surprisingly firm. Still a good, sound copy. Inscribed to ffep: 'To Joseph Augustus (Marks?) Esq./ with/ Every Feeling of Regard/ from his Sincere Friend and Teacher/ James Kilgour./ Edinburgh/ 29 February 1844.' Name label of Clive Leslie George pasted to front paste-down, together with a pencilled bookseller's note. "This is the SMALLEST edition of Horace in the world. It is also among the most accurate." (Dibdin) Dibdin (4th ed.) II 122.   Ref: 51412 
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Dickens, Charles: (Fildes, S.L. illus.:) The Mystery of Edwin Drood. London: Chapman and Hall, 1870. First edition, bound from parts. 8vo., pp. [viii], 190, [ii] + engraved portrait frontispiece, vignette title-page and 12 further plates, as called for. Final leaf blank, bound without the publisher's catalogue and advertisemnts sometimes found at the rear. Some foxing (mostly marginal), slight separation between p.86 and p.87 at gutter but sound. Contemporary half green calf, black gilt title labels to spine, marbled paper-covered boards, edges sprinkled red, green endpapers. A little scuffed, edges rubbed, very good. Ownership inscription dated 1870 to front endpaper, the first name 'Agnes' but the rest illegible. First edition with all internal flaws listed by Smith in his Bibliographical Catalogue (Heritage, 1982). Bound from the six monthly parts issued from April to September of 1870, as evidenced by stab-holes visible to gutter margins. Smith 16   Ref: 51509 
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Dickinson, William Croft (ed.:) A Source Book of History. From Earliest Times to 1424; 1424 to 1567; 1567 to 1707. London: Thomas Nelson and Sons Ltd., 1952. 3 vols. 8vo., pp. x, 218; vii, 230; x, 501. Cloth, gilt. Spines sunned and a little cocked, corner-tips slightly bumped, surface scratch to rear board of vol. I.   Ref: 37089 
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Dictys Cretensis: [Dares Phrygius:] [Joseph of Exeter:] (Smids, L., ed.:) De Bello et Excidio Trojanae, in usum Serenissimi Delphini [...] accedunt in hac nova editione notae variorum integrae; nec non Josephus Iscanus, cum notis Sam. Dresemii. Numismatibus & Gemmis, Historiam illustrantibus exornavit Lud. Smids, M.D. Dissertationem de Dictye Cretensi Amstelaedami [Amsterdam]: Apud Georgium Gallet, 1702. 8vo., pp. [lxxxiv], 177, [lxxv], 54, [22], 168, [viii], including 1 engraved frontispiece as part of the first gathering + 1 additional engraved frontispiece and 6 further plates. Includes final errata leaf. Title page in red and black, engraved head-pieces, woodcut decorations. Occasional light spotting, a few faint smudgy marks. Contemporary vellum, raised bands, title inked to spine, blind-tooled border, frame and centrepiece to each board, edges sprinkled blue and red. A little grubby, a few small marks to boards (possibly wax?), free endpapers very lightly toned at edges, very good overall. Small MS inscription of William R. Lyall to head of title-page. William Rowe Lyall (17881857) was Dean of Canterbury from 1845 until his death. He was the younger brother of Gerorge Lyall (1778/91853), MP for the City of London and chairman of the East India Company. The Delphin edition of three Latin poems on the Trojan war, by the pseudonymous authors 'Dictys of Crete' (4th-cent.) and 'Dares of Phrygia' (5th/6th-cent.), and by the English monk and crusader Joseph of Exeter (d.1224), they are evidence for the continuity of the Homeric legends through the Latin Middle Ages. Basing his edition of Dictys and Dares on Anne Dacier's Delphin edition of 1680, with notes also from an edition of Strassburg, 1691, the editor Ludolf Smids has added numismatic illustrations and his own commentary, and an essay by Jacobus Perizonius (1651-1715). The text and commentary for Joseph of Exeter are from an edition of Frankfurt, 1623 (cf. Schweiger). Schweiger II 332.   Ref: 51906 
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Dicuil; (Letronne, A[ntoine-Jean], ed.:) Recherches Géographiques et Critiques sur le Livre de Mensura Orbis Terræ, Composé en Irelande, au Commencement du Neuviéme Siécle, par Dicuil; Suivies du Texte Restitué par A. Letronne. Paris: Chez Germain Mathiot, 1814. 8vo., pp. [ii], 249, [i], 94. Text in French and Latin. Toned, light stain radiating from top fore-edge corner through most of text-block but not obscuring text. Later olive green paper, brown cloth gilt label to spine, endpapers replaced, edges sprinkled. Spine a little darkened, end-caps slightly creased, top edge dusted. Liber de Mensura Orbis Terrae was originally published by Walckenaer in 1807. This edition is based on two mss. in the Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris, with additional readings obtained from the collation of the Venice and Florence mss.   Ref: 47047 
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Diels, Hermann: Doxographi Graeci: Collegit Recensuit Prolegomenis Indicibusque Instruxit. Berlin: Apud Walter de Gruyter et Socios, 1976. Fourth edition, first reprint. 8vo., pp. x, 854. Cream cloth, brown titles. Tiny stain on upper board, pp.752-3 with slight crease at fore-edge margin with small smudgy mark, very good overall.   Ref: 51979 
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