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Catullus, Caius Valerius: (Vossius, Isaac, ed.:) Observationes. [Leiden]: Prostant apud Isaacum Littleburii Bibliopolam Londinensem, 1684. 4to., pp.[iv], 327[i.e. 343], [xxxi]. Title-page in red and black, woodcut initials. Leaf 2V4 is cancelled, p.343 is mispaginated as p.327. With errata leaf. Occasional toning, a few light stains. Sympathetically rebound in dark brown calf, red morocco label to spine, blind tooled fillets to spine and borders, edges sprinkled red. Very good. Small inscription to preliminary blank, neat but (to us) indecipherable, and one marginal note to text. A reissue of the Leiden edition of the same year, sold in England with a new title-page giving the London bookseller's name. Vossius' commentary is described by Dibdin as 'elegant and erudite, though not free from occasional indelicacies of thought and illustration.' He observes that some copies have a title-page reading 'Lug. Bat 1684, 1691' and that whilst the later edition has extra indices, the London one is rarer. ESTC R34796; Dibdin I (4th ed.) 379.   Ref: 53779  show full image..
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Catullus, Gaius Valerius; Tibullus, Albius; Propertius, Sextus: Opera. Birminghamiae [Birmingham]: Johannis Baskerville, 1772. 12mo., pp. [ii], 276. Internally very clean. Later dark green morocco, gilt spine, borders and dentelles, a.e.g., marbled endpapers. Spine faded, very good indeed. Small, blue-bordered label with MS letter V to front pastedown. The title-page is the variant in which the 'T' of 'CATULLUS' is slightly oversized. Page 209 is misnumbered 109 as usual. Leaf A2 is a cancel. According to Gaskell, 800 copies remained in Baskerville's stock in 1775. Dibdin describes this edition, based on Coustelier's 1743 production, as 'very beautiful', though 'not esteemed for accuracy'. ESTC T4788; Gaskell 45; Dibdin I (4th ed) 377.   Ref: 54178  show full image..
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Catullus; Tibullus; Propertius: Opera. Londini [London]: Impensis J. F. & C. Rivington, T. Longman, & T. Cadell, 1776. 12mo, pp. [xxx], 243, [279]. Slightly later vellum boards, spine lettered in gilt, marbled edges and endpapers. Some light spotting. Binding a little marked, spine darkened. Pencil ownership inscription to title-page, ownership inscription of Richard Bingham Jr dated 1813 to initial blank. A pleasant copy of the second Maittaire edition of Catullus, Tibullus and Propertius, one of several reprints of the 1710s Latin classics published by Tonson and Watts done around this time. ESTC T129189   Ref: 53791  show full image..
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Clarke, Samuel: A General Martyrologie containing a Collection of All the Greatest Persecutions which have Befallen the Church of Christ [...] London: Printed for William Birch, 1677 Folio. 3 parts in 1, pp. [2], [36], 544, [2], 214, 217-315, 318-483, [5], plus frontispiece with engraved author's portrait, 11 engraved plates, 11 half-page engraved portraits of theologians, decorated initials and ornaments. Light browning, blank recto of frontispiece, title, verso of last leaf and upper edge of last two gatherings dust-soiled, upper margin lightly waterstained and softened or a trifle frayed in places, long tear without loss from lower edge extending to blank margin of L2, another from fore-edge of last leaf, ink splash to N3 and 3L2-3, minor repair to lower blank margin of frontispiece and 2L4, Y4 printed on separate leaves pasted together (cancels?). 18th-century half calf over marbled boards, rebacked to style, a.e.r., corners and extremities worn. A few 18th-century bibliographical annotations (some in shorthand) to frontispiece blank recto and elsewhere, autograph John Sale to frontispiece recto, another Josiah Lewis April 6 1767 to upper blank margin of frontispiece verso, 19th-century armorial bookplate of Trustees of William Coward Esq. (ms. note Brown Bequest 1881) to front pastedown, two labels of New College London Genera Library to front endpapers. A handsomely illustrated history of Protestant martyrs, written by the English Puritan preacher Samuel Clarke (1599-1682). Despite his strong Puritan views and harsh attacks against 'scandalous' religious in London, he was among the signatories against the execution of Charles I. First published in 1651 (here in the fourth edition), his 'Martyrologie' is an encyclopaedia of religious persecution from the foundations of Christianity to the 17th century. The general section includes persecutions mentioned in the Old Testament, proceeding with the 'primitive' persecutions, others in Persia, Africa, France, Bohemia and other areas of Europe (including the Baltic territories), those of Waldenses and Albigenses, and a last part on the more recent ones, with the martyrdom of William of Nassau, St Bartholomew's night, La Rochelle, Scotland and Ireland. The English sections comprises persecutions during the rule of the Romans, Anglo-Saxons and Danes, with special attention to the Tudor period. There are also biographies of major English Protestant theologians. The engraved plates, divided into smaller scenes, illustrates the torments of martyrdom, with captions: 'Chistians Braines Beaten out with Clubbe', 'Som broided upon Gridiron', 'Some were sawed asunder in the midle'. A very interesting and learned work. ESTC R14425.   Ref: 52060  show full image..
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[Claudian] Claudianus, Claudius: CL. Claudiani quae exstant Ex emendatione Nicolai Heinsy Dan: F. Venetiis [Venice]: Apud Nicolaum Pezzana, 1716. 12mo. pp. 261 [3], last blank, including engraved titlepage. Woodcut initials and ornaments. Title a trifle dusty. 18th-century vellum over boards, author's name inked to spine, raised bands, edges sprinkled red. Very minor loss at head and foot of spine. Bookplate of Ashmolean Library Oxford - Bequathed by Sir John Beazley 1970; early 18th-century inscription 'Libro di Lorenzo Pananti costo 3-5' to ffep; small stamp of Ashmolean Library to I4 and verso of last. Excellent, clean copy - in well-preserved vellum and clearly intended for use in schools - with the uncommented text of Claudianus's works, based on the Heinsius variorum first published in Leiden in 1650. The copy of Sir John Beazley (1885-1970), a major historian of ancient art at Oxford. Dibdin I, 211.   Ref: 53289  show full image..
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[Claudian] Claudianus, Claudius: (Burman, Pieter II; Heinsius, Niklaas, eds.:) Opera, quae exstant, omnia ad membranarum veterum fidem castigata [...] Amstelaedami [Amsterdam], ex officina Schouteniana, 1760. First edition thus. 4to, pp. [xiv], xxxii, [ii], 31, [v], 600, (without loss) 609-1112 (mispaginated as usual). Large paper copy, with some leaves deckled at bottom edge. Title in red and black with woodcut device, woodcut head- and tail-pieces and initials. Occasional very light foxing, some leaves with a faint line of toning across head margin and a few others unopened at head, short closed tear (seemingly the result of a paper flaw) to leaf 5R2 affecting text but not legibility. Late 18th- or early 19th-century crimson straight-grain morocco, gilt title to spine, a.e.g., ornate dentelles, green leather joints, marbled endpapers, pale blue ribbon bookmark bound in. Spine a little faded and rubbed, a few light marks, endcaps and bottom edges beginning to wear, a very good copy handsomely bound. Small gilt oval crest of Archibald Acheson, 3rd Earl of Gosford (1806-1864) to front paste-down. Round Jesuit Society inkstamp (Milltown Park, Dublin) to title-page. First edition of Pieter Burman's (1714-1778) edition of Claudian, with commentary by his uncle, Pieter Burman I, and previously unprinted notes by the neo-latin poet and classical verse scholar Niklaas Heinsius (1620-1681). Claudian of Alexandria (b. c. AD 360) was court poet under the emperor Honorius and his minister Stilicho. "In diction and technique he is the equal of Lucan and Statius, in hyperbole he perhaps outdoes them" (OCD). His poetry is also a valuable historical source. Dibdin writes that this is 'unquestionably a very superior edition, and it contains a greater fund of critical illustration than the preceding by Gesner.' Dibdin I (4th edn.) 472   Ref: 51703  show full image..
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Cooper, Thomas: Thesaurus Linguae Romanae & Britannicae [...]. London: 1584. Folio. [1716]pp., wanting first and last blank. Decorated initials, double column. Title a bit soiled, intermittent light marginal water staining, heavier to first and last gathering, ancient repair to upper outer blank corner of A2, small clean tears to few margins, one with loss touching text to upper margin of 3E2, two more to outer blank margin of 3F and lower outer blank corner of 4Q2, slight toning, small ink splash to 2H4-5 and 2V6. Recently rebound in goatskin using early 19th-century marbled endpapers. Bookplate of Desmond Morris to front pastedown; autograph Tho: Beach to ffep and R.H. Whitehurst 1803 to fly; ex-libris Francis Garbet 1654 to verso of 7M5; monogram Th.M.(?) inked to 3O2; occasional 17th-century marginalia. Third edition of this monumental Latin-English dictionary authored by Thomas Cooper, later Bishop of Winchester. It was inspired by Thomas Elyot's own Latin dictionary, which Cooper completed after Elyot's death. The ex-libris of Francis Garbet, dated 1654, points to the clergyman of Wroxceter who was Richard Baxter's instructor in theology during his early years. One of the marginalia refers to Cardinal Bellarmine's doctrines. The copy was more recently in the collection of Desmond Morris, author of "The Naked Ape" (1967). ESTC S121950; STC (2nd ed.), 5689.   Ref: 53172  show full image..
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Corneille, Pierre & Thomas: Les Chef-d''Oeuvres Dramatiques de Messieurs Corneille. Avec Le Jugement des Scavans a la fin de chaque Piece Amsterdam: aux D?pens de la Compagnie, 1773. 12mo. 4 vols., pp.viii, 384 + 6 plates; [iv], 314 + 5 plates; [iv], 272 + 3 plates; [iv], 352 + 3 plates. Engraved portrait frontispieces to vols. I and II, woodcut head and tail pieces and initials, a few leaves of vol. IV unopened, '990' in blue pencil at foot of final page vols. I and IV. Occasional light spots and stains, a little damp-staining to vols. II and IV, vol. I with lower corner of leaf F2 torn but not affecting text. Later mottled calf, spines heavily gilt, edges red, marbled endpapers. Edges a little rubbed but very good. To each front paste-down the red-printed book label of the translator Niccolai Gamba-Castelli, with MS shelfmark. Vol. I - Trag?dies de P. Corneille: Le Cid; Horace; Cinna; Polieucte; L Mort de la Pomp?e. Vol. II - Trag?dies de P. Corneille: Rodogune; Heraclius; Othon. Vol. III - Trag?die de T. Corneille: Le Comte D'Essex. Com?die de P. Corneille: Le Menteur. Com?die de T. Corneille: Le Baron D'Albikrac. Vol. IV - Com?dies de T. Corneille: Le Festin de Pierre; La Comtesse D'Orgueil (Nouveau Prologue); L'Inconnu (Nouveau Divertissement).   Ref: 54145  show full image..
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Coxe, William: Travels in Switzerland and in the country of the Grisons : in a series of letters. With an historical sketch and notes on the late revolution. London : T. Cadell Jun. & W. Davies, 1801. Fourth edition. 3 vols. I: pp. [lxx], [2], 434, [2] + 2 folding maps (one very large) and 2 engraved plates, without e2 (blank) as usual, including 2pp. of advertisements for Coxe's works after the preliminaries; II: pp. [viii], 430, [ii] + 1 folding map and 3 engraved plates (1 folding); III: pp. [xvi], 451, [1]. A, I: a handful of leaves a little dust-soiled at outer margin, slight offsetting from plates; II: minor repair to blank verso of folding map; III: extreme outer corner of Aa3 torn. Contemporary tree calf, marbled endpapers, boards gilt ruled to a roll of interlacing fern leaves, spines gilt with urns and Greek fillets, red and green morocco labels. Upper edges and upper boards a little scuffed, I: joints just splitting at head and tail, upper hinge weakened, I and III: corners bumped. An excellent, fresh copy, exquisitely bound as a uniform set, of the fourth edition of this lavishly illustrated travelogue. It is one of several popular accounts published by the English priest and historiographer William Coxe (1748-1828), who travelled throughout Europe as the tutor to young aristocrats. With his pupil Lord Herbert, son of the Earl of Pembroke, he travelled through Switzerland and the French Alps ? a journey described in the present work, organised as a series of letters to the English lawyer William Melmoth. The narrative comprises natural and historical observations, as well as accounts of the effects of the French Revolution in those territories. The outstanding engravings include a very large, folding map of Switzerland and one of Mont Blanc, but also illustrations of local fauna; for instance, the Bearded Vulture that Coxe saw in Monsieur Sprungli's collection of Swiss birds, to which a section is dedicated. The appendix to vol.3 includes a catalogue of the 'Quadrupeds, Birds, Amphibia, and Testaceous Animals of Switzerland' (expanded in this edition) and a vocabulary of Romansch, the language of Upper Engadina, with a list of the earliest bibles and books printed in Romansch. A lovely copy of this important work.   Ref: 53675  show full image..
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Curtius Rufus, Quintus: (Snakenburg, Hendrik, ed.:) De Rebus Gestis Alexandri Magni, Regis Macedonum, Libri Superstites. Cum omnibus supplementis, variantibus lectionibus, commentariis ac notis perpetuis Fr. Modii, V. Acidallii, T. Popmae, Joh. Freinshemi, Joh. Schefferi, Christoph. Cellarii, Nic. Heinsii. Selectis & excerptis Ph. Rubenii, J. Rutgersii, C. Barthii, Joh Delphis, & Lugd. Bat. [Delft & Leiden]: apud Adrianum Beman, Samuelem Luchtmans, 1724. First edition thus. 2 parts in 1. 4to., pp. [lxxiv], 472; [ii], 473-824, [ccxxiv] + 18 plates (3 of which folding) including additional engraved title-page. Title-page in red and black with woodcut printer's device, woodcut initials and tail-pieces. The catchword at the end of the dedication (T4) does not match the following leaf, as also found in other copies and seemingly due to the insertion of the Preface. Faintly foxed. Contemporary marbled calf, neatly rebacked with original spine retained, orange gilt title-label, gilt borders, gilt-stamped emblem of Haarlem to each board, edges coloured yellow, green cloth ties replaced, corners neatly repaired. Old spine piece worn but soundly rebacked, some scratches and scuffs to boards, a few whitish marks to top edge, endpapers a little toned at edges, very good overall. A few pencilled bookseller's notes to front paste-down. 'This is the celebrated quarto Variorum edition of Q. Curtius, by Snakenburg, which contains many valuable extracts from Bruno, Modius, Freinshem, and Cellarius. The text is formed according to the first edit. of Freinshem, from which it never departs but with the most scrupulous caution, and when warranted by a better reading. In compiling the work, Snakenburg consulted one good ancient MS, and two modern ones: but with the early editions of this author he appears to have been ill provided, as he consulted no edition more ancient than the Aldine. "This editor," says Ernesti, "as is too often the case, undertook the publication more from the importunity of the bookseller, than from the conviction of being able to compose a useful work from previous study, and diligent accumulation of materials." It must, however, be confessed that this edition of Snakenburg is a very valuable performance, and is deservedly held in high respect. Dr. Harwood has pronounced a warm eulogium upon it, and the editor is by him declared to have "manifested an accurate knowledge of ancient manners and customs".' (Dibdin) Schweiger II, 323; Graesse II, 311; Brunet II, 450; Dibdin II, 376-77   Ref: 52286  show full image..
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