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[Terence] Terentius Afer, Publius: (Leng, John, ed.:) Comoediae ad optimorum Exemplarium fidem recensitae. Cantabrigiae [Cambridge]: Typis Academicis, impensis Jacobi Tonson, 1701. 4to., pp. [iv], 520 + engraved frontispiece. Some light spotting and toning, bookplate removed from title verso with corresponding dampmark visible on recto, blank corner of one leaf torn. Modern quarter calf with marbled boards, spine lettered in gilt. The new Cambridge University Press experienced some teething troubles in the production of its initiating series of quarto classics, and after the Horace of 1699 no further works appeared until several years later. This edition of Terence, in the established magisterial style and with a text edited by John Leng (1665-1727), later Bishop of Norwich, had gone to press beginning in June 1699 but received the date 1701 on the title and was actually provided to subscribers the following summer. ESTC T137034.   Ref: 42598 
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[Terence] Terentius Afer, Publius: (Phaedrus; Publilius Syrus:) (Bentley, Richard, ed.:) Comoediae. Recensuit, notasque suas et Gabrielis Faerni addidit Richardus Bentleius. Editio altera; Augusti Liberti Fabularum Aesopiarum; Sententiae. Amstelaedami [Amsterdam]: Apud R. & J. Wetstenios, & G. Smith, 1727. 2 vols in 1. 4to., pp. [xxxii], 444, [clxxxii], [viii], 87, [xcvii] + engraved frontispiece and engraved portraits of the works' dedicatees, Princes Frederick Louis and William Augustus of England (the latter is depicted in an oval carried by an eagle above Aesop in a pastoral landscape). Includes half-title, title page in red and black with engraved vignette and divisional half title preceeding Phaedrus. Slightly toned, a few individual pages more affected. Contemporary prize vellum, orange morocco gilt label to spine, gilt border and coat of arms of Dordrecht to each board, edges sprinkled red and blue. Spine a little darkened, a few smudgy marks, ties lost but still very good. Retains its original printed presentation page, dedicated to Paulus Repelaer and dated 1826, with signatures. The second (and best) edition of Bentley's Terence, which also includes the Fables of Phaedrus and the Sentences of Publilius Syrus. The first edition was published in Cambridge the previous year, but "that of Amsterdam, according to Harwood, is the most valuable, as Bentley communicated to Wetstein, the publisher, many additional notes and emendations" (Dibdin). Dibdin (4th edn.) II 474. Schweiger III 1068.   Ref: 49320 
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Theophrastus: (Budgell, Eustace, trans.:) The Moral Characters [...] Translated from the Greek. London: printed for Jacob Tonson, 1714. First edition.12mo., pp. [xxvi], 80, [iv], including portrait frontispiece. With two final advertisement leaves and p.79 misnumbered as p.89. Some woodcut decorations. A few faint ink smudges to frontis and title but otherwise clean. Contemporary brown calf Cambridge panelled boards, neatly rebacked with heavily gilt spine and red morocco title label, edges lightly sprinkled red, corners repaired, hinges subtly reinforced. A few slight scrapes, some patches of toning to endpapers but a very good copy. Armorial bookplate of John Cator to front paste-down, likely John Cator the landowner, timber merchant and MP (1728-1806) who commissioned the building of Beckenham Place Mansion in 1773. He was described by Fanny Burney as 'a good-natured busy sort of man' (The Diary and Letters of Madame D'Arblay, Vol. 1.). To ffep, recent bookplate of Robert J. Hayhurst. MS inscription of J[ohn] Lydall of Uxmore in Oxfordshire, dated 1768 to title-page verso. Translated by jobbing writer and sometime Member of Parliament for Mullingar, Eustace Budgell (1687-1737). In his Preface he writes that he has not in fact 'translated from the Greek' at all but has used Bruyere's French translation as his starting point. He is surprisingly scathing about his own work: 'As for our English translation, I shall say no more of it, but that it is wholly done from the French, and as it always happens in a Translation of a Translation, is everywhere flat and spiritless'. He goes on to rather unfairly place the blame for his translations's deficiencies on Bruyere: 'It might perhaps be thought too hard if I should say Monsieur Bruyere was afraid of having Theophrastus outshine himself; yet I shall make no Scruple to affirm that the Method he has used in translating him has very much taken from the Beauty of his Author.' Budgell was a cousin of Joseph Addision and assisted him with The Spectator with some success, though he later fell on hard times. Thought vain and vindictive by many of his contemporaries, he is now mostly remembered for his death: he threw himself into the Thames, leaving a note that read 'What Cato did, and Addison approved, cannot be wrong.' ESTC T86597   Ref: 51609 
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Theophylact, Saint, Archbishop of Ohrid: Commentarii in quatuor Evangelia. Opus nunc primum Graece et Latine editum. Lutetiae Parisiorum [Paris]: Apud Carollum Morellum, 1635. Folio, pp. [x], 848, [xii]. Title page in red and black, with large engraved printer's device. Small paper flaw in centre of one leaf (no loss of text), a little minor spotting elsewhere. Later vellum boards, spine lettered in ink at head (now faded) with modern shelfmark inked at foot, long sides overlapping, small patch of damage to overlap of lower board, vellum slightly dusty and rumpled. Small modern library card to front pastedown, and stamp on half-title of St. Augustine's Abbey, Ramsgate. The commentaries on the gospels by the 11th-century Theophylact, Archbishop of Ohrid and head of the Bulgarian Church. The Latin translation is that of Philippus Montanus, first published 1564, and the Greek had been first printed in 1542 by Blado, although the title page of this edition declares that the two are here first edited together. Theophylact's work was based on Chrysostom's, but is noted for its clarity and and accuracy; it has only recently been translated into English for the first time.   Ref: 40545 
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Thomas of Villanova, Saint:: Opera Omnia quae Hactenus Reperiri Potuerunt. Editio novissima emendatior. Augustae Vindelicorum [Augsburg]: Sumptibus Ingatii Adami & Francisci Antonii Veith, 1757. Folio, pp. [vi] xvi [iv], cols. 980, pp. [lxii] + engraved frontispiece. Title-page in red and black. Paper foxed. Modern red library buckram, spine lettered in gilt. Small library stamp to title-page. Thomas of Villanova (1488-1555), a Spanish Augustinian friar, was chaplain to Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor. This edition of his works is rare in the UK, with COPAC recording one copy only (in the BL) plus a microfilm in Heythrop College.   Ref: 34349  show full image..
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Thoresby, Ralph: Ducatus Leodiensis, or, the Topography of the Ancient and Populous Town and Parish of Leedes [...] To which is added, at the Request of Several Learned Persons, A Catalogue of his Musaeum, with the Curiosities Natural and Artificial, and the Antiquities [ London: printed for Maurice Atkins, and sold by Henry Clements [...], 1715. First edition, subscriber's copy. Folio, pp. vi, [ii], v-xxi, 6, 5-114, 109-268, [iii], 276-628, [xii] + portrait frontispiece and 12 further plates, some of which folding. Text continuous, irregular pagination as usual. The separate title-page of the second section, Musaeum Thoresbyanum, is dated 1713. Woodcut headpieces and initials, further illustrations in the text. MS family tree of the Sleigh family tipped in between pages 128 and 129; MS family tree of the Parker family to blank at rear. A few tiny scorches and wax spots, occasional toned plate or gathering. 19th-century light yellowish-brown polished calf, raised bands, spine heavily gilt with black morocco title label and small red date label at tail end; gilt border, frame and dentelles, a.e.g., marbled endpapers. A bit rubbed, a little loss to headcap, small chip to spine, some scratches and scrapes to boards, corners slightly worn but still a handsome copy. Large coat of arms and motto ('Medio tutissimus') of the Sleigh family printed on paper and meticulously cut out (possibly from a bookplate) and pasted onto front the paste-down. To the ffep, a recent armorial bookplate of Lowther-Pinkerton. To the top corner of the title-page, inscription of R. Witton in an old hand. Richard Witton Esq. of Wakefield is listed as one of the subscribers. This could be the barrister Richard Witton (1649-1718), or his son of the same name (1682-1746), both of whom were important local figures and lived at Lupset Hall, Wakefield. To p.1, just above the title, the inscription of Gervase Petty Sleigh dated 9th Dec. 1874. Sleigh (1854-1883) was a captain in the Siamese navy and died at sea while still relatively young. His father John wrote a history of Leeke in Staffordshire (1883). The list of subscribers includes Mr Hugh Sleigh of Leeds, against whose name a small mark has been made, presumably indicating a family member. The MS family tree (Sleigh) on the final blank appears to be in Gervase's hand. The tipped-in family tree (Parker) is in a similar hand, though perhaps not quite the same. References to Leeke have been underlined, suggesting that it may have been the work of his father. 'Thoresby's great work was the Ducatus Leodiensis, or, The Topography of Leedes (1715). From the time he settled on the project in the early 1690s, Thoresby worked industriously towards its completion. This was not the first topographical publication of importance about a provincial town but it was the first work of importance by a Yorkshire antiquary. Attached to the main body of the text was a catalogue of the Musaeum Thoresbyanum and the volume included a very fine map of the area. Ducatus was published by subscription and was dedicated to Peregrine Osborne, marquess of Carmarthen and heir apparent to the duke of Leeds, and to the mayor of Leeds and aldermen of Leeds. About 2000 copies were printed and sold for £3. A second edition appeared in 1816, with notes and additions by Thomas Dunham Whitaker.' (ODNB) ESTC T139372; Upcott 1381-3   Ref: 52024 
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Thoresby, Ralph: Vicaria Leodiensis: or the History of the Church of Leedes in Yorkshire. Containing an account of the learned men, bishops, and writers, who have been vicars of that populous parish; with the Catalogues of their Works, Printed and Manuscript. To which are added, The Lives of several Archbishops of York, and other eminent London: printed for Joseph Smith 1724. 8vo., pp. [xx], 248 + 5 plates, 4 of which folding. Woodcut initials and head- & tail-pieces. Marginal annotations in an old hand, mostly referencing other antiquarian works especially Drake's York, dated 1739 at the end of the text, further notes to paste-downs front and rear. Occasional light spots and smudges, a few plates with short closed tears near attachments. Contemporary dark brown calf neatly rebacked with joints now beginning to wear, edges sprinkled red. Rubbed, corners repaired but repair to corner of upper board lost, edges worn, ffep renewed and toned at edges. Binding a little tired, but still a very good copy with interesting near-contemporary annotations. To the front-paste down, a Chippendale-style (c.1740-1780) bookplate printed in green ink. The unusual arms, which repeat the same design inescutcheon, are those of Charles Eve of Hoxton Square who married his cousin Dorothy Eve (1724-1755) in 1753 in Canterbury. 'Thoresby's (1658-1725) great work was the Ducatus Leodiensis, or, The Topography of Leedes (1715). From the time he settled on the project in the early 1690s, Thoresby worked industriously towards its completion. This was not the first topographical publication of importance about a provincial town but it was the first work of importance by a Yorkshire antiquary.' (ODNB) Encouraged by public interest in his work, Thoresby intended to compliment Ducatus Leodiensis with further historical accounts of Leeds and the surrounding area. Most of his working life between 1716 and 1720 was taken up writing this volume on the history of the Church in Leeds, which was published the year before Thoresby's death and was the only part of the project to appear. ESTC T98271; Upcott 1390   Ref: 52185 
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Thoroton, Robert: The Antiquities of Nottinghamshire, extracted out of Records, original Evidences, Leiger Books, other Manuscripts, and Authentick Authorities. Beautified with Maps, Prospects, and Portaictures. London: printed by Robert White, for Henry Mortlock [...], 1677. First edition. Folio, pp. [xvi], 507, [xxxvii] + 22 plates as called for including four leaves containing 520 coats of arms plus the separate slip of eight further coats of arms, which are bound after the Preface rather than at the rear amongst the indices as indicated in Upcott. Imprimatur leaf followed by title-page in red and black, copious illustrations and genealogical tables in the text, woodcut initials and head-pieces. Occasional tiny holes, scorch and wax marks, never affecting more than a letter or two, some plates neatly repaired, a few faint spots and smudges but generally clean. Mid-20th-century reback on 19th-century boards, mottled brown calf, spine heavily gilt, plain gilt borders, edges coloured red, endpapers renewed. Some significant surface loss due to insect damage at upper joint and a few other smaller patches, lightly scratched and shelf worn, front endpaper split at hinge but board holding firm. A very good copy. A few pencilled booksellers notes to front endpapers. To front paste-down, armorial bookplate of Revd. William Grice (1813-1885), vicar at Sherborne. Robert Thoroton (16231678) 'commenced his Antiquities of Nottinghamshire in 1667. He first worked on some transcript notes which his father-in-law Gilbert Boun had made from Domesday Book. He assisted Sir William Dugdale in his Visitation of Nottinghamshire, 16621664. For his researches he employed paid assistants at considerable expense to himself, delving into family archives, registers (some now lost), estate papers, church monuments, and epitaphs. Like a number of county antiquaries he was little concerned with his own times, or indeed with his own century, but tried to trace the manorial history of each parish back to Domesday. He showed little interest in Roman remains, while protesting at enclosure and destruction of woods. His notes, made on the back of letters from his patients in Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, and Derbyshire, are now in Nottingham Public Library. The folio volume of Thoroton's Antiquities was printed in London in 1677, illustrated with engravings by Hollar after Richard Hall and dedicated to Gilbert Sheldon, archbishop of Canterbury, and Dugdale, both personal friends. Dugdale wrote to the antiquary Sir Daniel Fleming, 'Dr Thoroton's book cost me 16s to 18s. I do esteem the book well worth your buying, though had he gone to the fountain of records it might have been better done' (1 Sept 1677, Le Fleming MSS, 13940). John Throsby published a reprint of Antiquities with additions, in three volumes (published 179096 but dated 1797).' (ODNB) ESTC R22553; Upcott 1047   Ref: 52182 
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Tibullus, Albius: (Grainger, James, trans.:) A Poetical Translation of the Elegies of Tibullus; and of the Poems of Sulpicia. With the Original Text, and Notes Critical and Explanatory. London: Printed for A. Millar, 1759. 2 vols., 12mo., pp. xlvi, 165, [i]; [ii], 263, [i]. Some light spotting. Contemporary sprinkled sheep, spines gilt in compartments with red and green morocco labels, slightly worn at corners, joints and endcaps skilfully renewed. James Grainger (c.1722-1766) began this translation while a surgeon in the army; turning to literature, he published a number of works in the 1750s and eventually became friendly with Johnson, although this work was harshly reviewed by Smollett, sparking a literary feud. ESTC T98464.   Ref: 36959 
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Valerius Flaccus, Gaius: (Burman, P.,ed.:) Argonauticon libri octo cum notis integris [...]. Leidae [Leiden]: Apud Samuelem Luchtmans 1724. 4to., pp. [160], 759, [ci] + additional engraved title-page, presentation certificate and folding portait of Burman. Title page in red and black with engraved device, woodcut initials and ornaments, with errata leaf. A little toned, some occasional foxing, small loss to fore-edge margin of p.19 not affecting text. Vellum prize binding, title inked to spine, raised bands; gilt spine, borders, frames, Amsterdam coat of arms to each board, edges sprinkled blue and red. A bit yellowed, spine slightly darkened, some smudgy marks, ties lost, label removed from front paste-down, overall a very good copy. Printed certificate with Amsterdam coat of arms, made out by hand to 'Joanni Christophoro Mertens', signed by the classical scholar Otto Arntzenius (1703-1763) and dated 18th September 1761. Second Burman edition of Valerius Flaccus, esteemed by Dibdin: "This [...] is a superb and elaborate edition of Valerius Flaccus, an author but little read, but who will impart very great pleasure and improvement to every scholar who carefully peruses him". This edition includes notes from Carrio, Balbus, Zingerlingius, Bulaeus, Vossius, Heinsius, Pius, Maserius and Weizius; a "Catalogus Argonautorum" from the ancient writers; the Argonautica of Orpheus; various prefaces; and a copious "Index Verborum." Dibdin (4th edn.) II 516. Graesse VI.2 242. Schweiger III 1100.   Ref: 50157 
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