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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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Valerius Maximus: (Torrenius, Abraham, ed.:) Valerii Maximi Libri Novem Factorum Dictorumque Memorabilium: Cum Notis integris [...] Glareani, [...] Pighii, [...] Lipsii [et al....] Notae [...] Jacobi Perizonii: ut & Antonii Schultingii [...] & notas adiecit Abrahamus Torrenius. Leidae [Leiden], Apud Samuelem Luchtmans, 1726. 2 vols. 4to., pp. [xlviii], 520; [ii], 521-914, [clxxxiv] + engraved frontispiece by Wandelaar. Title in red and black, woodcut initals and tail-pieces. Lacks leaf 5V4, the half-title to Schultingh's 'Exercitatio'. Some foxing and sporadic toning especially affecting the Index to vol. II, ink blot to pp. 280-1 and wormhole to head margin of final few gatherings neither of which obscuring text. Contemporary vellum, gilt spines with black title labels, edges coloured red. Spines a bit darkened, labels rubbed, slightly yellowed, a few smudgy marks, endpapers a bit grubby but still a very good set overall. To the front paste-down of each volume: armorial bookplate of Giovanni Domenico Berio, Marchese di Salza (d. 1791) and his son Francesco Maria (1765-1820). When Francesco died most of his library was bought by William Ward (17501823), 3rd Viscount Dudley and Ward, who shipped it to England. As usual, Ward's armorial bookplate with the motto 'Comme je fus' is found alongside Salza's. To the ffep of the first volume, ownership inscription of P.C. Hill dated 7.2.1962. According to Dibdin, who includes it in the list of best quarto variorum editions provided in the 3rd edition of his Introduction to the Classics, this is 'the best edited of the Dutch classics. The text is neatly and accurately printed, and critical and explanatory notes are excellent'. Dibdin II, 522; Schweiger II, IIII.   Ref: 51784 
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Van Dale, Anton: Dissertationes IX. Antiquitatibus, Quin et Marmoribus, cum Romanis, tum Potissimum Graecis, Illusrandis Inservientes. Amstelodami [Amsterdam]: Apud Henricum & Viduam Theodori Boom, 1702. First edition. 4to., pp. [xliv], 804, [xvi] + 9 plates as called for. Title-page in red and black, with wood cut device. Woodcut initials and head- and tail-pieces. Occasional light spotting but generally clean within. Later half dark brown sprinkled calf, raised bands gilt ruled, darker brown gilt title label to spine, brown sprinkled boards, edges lightly sprinkled red, green silk ribbon bookmark bound in. A little rubbed, edges a bit worn, corners slightly bumped, small patches of toning to front and rear endpapers where they come into contact with the leather-covered board corners. A very good, sound copy. Anton van Dale (1638-1708) made his living first as a merchant, then as a physician. While working he simultaneously studied classical languages, eventually becoming a Latin scholar of some standing. He was for a while a Mennonite preacher, but was said to have resigned his role because his sermons, heavily laced with Greek and Latin, failed to appeal to his audience. He wrote extensively against superstition and witch-hunting. His most influential book, De Oraculis Veterum Ethnicorum Dissertationes (1683) was a work on oracles, in which he argued against belief in the supernatural and the role of the Devil in the pagan oracular tradition. Dissertationibus ex Antiquitatibus (1702) was the last of his works published in his lifetime.   Ref: 52051 
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Vaniere, Jacob: Opuscula. Editio nova. Parisiis [Paris]: Apud Petrum Simon. 1730. 12mo., pp. 236 [iv]. A little faint toning and spotting. Contemporary sprinkled calf, spine in six compartments with raised bands, red morocco label in second compartment, the rest with central gilt stamp and triple gilt border, rubbed at extremities, a bit scratched, joints cracking (but strong). Inscription 'Epi Cliftoniensis 1927' to f.f.e.p. The lesser works of Vaniere (1664-1739), a Jesuit and neo-Latin poet.   Ref: 29952 
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[Vavasseur, Francois] Vavassor, Franciscus: (Kappius, Johann Erhard, ed.:) De ludicra dictione [...] Lipsiae [Leipzig], sumptibus Ioannis Christiani Martini 1722. 8vo., pp. [xxxii] lxi [iii], 824, [civ]. Title page in red and black, browning (heavier to initial leaves), a few spots, occasional contemporary or early pen underlining. Bound in contemporary vellum with gilt stamp to spine, soiled, hinges cracked but holding, covers soiled, with a nick in one place, small tears to head and tail of spine. Appended to this edition of Vavassor's work on comedic style is a variety of supplementary material, including his 'Antibarbarus', selected letters of J.L. Guez de Balzac, and letters and poems of Gilles Ménage. Vavassor (1605-1681) has been described as one of the best stylists and humanists of his time.   Ref: 21560 
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Veratius, Jobus, (pref.:) Conciones et orationes ex historicis Latinis excerptae. Lugd. Batav. [Leiden]: Ex officina Elseviriana, 1649. 12mo., pp. [xii] 411 [ix] incl. engraved title. Light browning and spotting, a little underlining in preface. Contemporary vellum boards, long sides overlapping, title inked to spine, soiled and spotted, spots of wear to upper joint and lower sides. Old ink note to upper pastedown. A collection of speeches from ancient historians based on earlier similar collections by Henri Estienne, among others. It reprints a preface by Jobus Veratius (d. 1571) but is not his work; the true editor appears to be unknown.   Ref: 29946 
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Vibius Sequester: (Oberlin, Jer(emias) Jac(ob), ed.:) De fluminibus fontibus lacubus nemoribus paludibus montibus gentibus quorum apud poetas mentio fit. Lectionis varietatem et integras doctorum commentationes adjecit et suas [...] Argentorati [Strasbourg]: apud Amandum König, 1778. 8vo., pp. [iv], xx, 428, [xxxvi]. Title-page a bit toned, some faint marginal stains, occasional spots and smudges. Contemporary brown calf, neatly rebacked in a slightly lighter shade with burgundy morocco spine label, edges sprinkled blue, endpapers renewed. Edges worn, corners bumped but a good sound copy overall. Pencilled code to title-page. The work comprises seven lists of geographical names mentioned by poets, categorised as: flumina (rivers or waterways); fontes (sources); lacus (lakes); nemora (forests); paludes (marshes); montes (mountains); gentes (peoples). Graesse considers this edition, 'la meilleure édition, faite sur trois mss.' Schweiger II, 1135; Brunet V, 1172; Graesse VII, 296   Ref: 50156 
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Vigilius, Bishop of Thapsus; Ignatius, Bishop of Antioch: Libri V. Contra Eutychianam Confusionem duarum naturarum, damnatum in Synodo Chalcedonensi. [Bound with:] Sancti martyris Ignatii Antiochiae archiepiscopi, epistolæ. [Leipzig: ] In officina Voegeliana; Antverpiae [Antwerp:] Ex officina Christophori Plantini, [1575?]; 1572. 8vo., pp. [ii], 160, [vi]; 70, [ii], 79, [i]. Lightly toned, some light spotting and staining, two sidenotes shaved in second work, some old underlining and a few substantial manuscript notes. Later vellum boards, long sides overlapping, spine lettered in ink, slightly marked, a page of manuscript notes pasted to front pastedown. Ownership inscription on title-page of M. Furebii Mylii, dated 1640; the other notes and annotations probably in his hand. A scarce edition of the major work of Vigilius, Bishop of Thapsus (BL & St Andrews only in COPAC, plus only Brigham Young outside of Germany and Switzerland in Worldcat), edited by Caspar Churrerius. Bound after it is Plantin's Greek and Latin texts of the letters of Ignatius of Antioch (each section with its own title-page, and not always found together). A 17th-century owner has added a substantial quotation about Vigilius on a pasted-in page at the front, with a further note facing the title-page of the second work Second work: Adams I33.   Ref: 43833 
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