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Calpurnius Siculus, Titus; Nemesianus, Marcus Aurelius Olympius: Bucolica. Nuper a situ, & squallore vindicata, nouisque commentarijs exposita opera, ac studio Roberti Titii Burgensis. Florentiae [Florence]: Apud Philippum Iunctam, 1590. 4to., pp. [viii], 206, [4]. Later limp vellum (binder's waste containing 17th century printed matter), spine lettered in ink, lower edge of text-block also lettered in ink. Small stain to upper forecorner at beginning and end, a little spotting elsewhere. Binding somewhat soiled, ties lost. Old paper shelfmark label to spine, old inscription to final page of text ('C. de ? Torrepalma?'). The Eclogues of Calpurnius Siculus, Roman poet of uncertain date (though certainly post-Virgil) and Marcus Aurelius Olympius Nemesianus of the 3rd-century AD, as edited by Roberto Titi (1551-1609), professor at Bologna. Eleven bucolic poems survive in the manuscript tradition attributed to Calpurnius, though four were obviously of different authorship and are now firmly placed under Nemesianus's name The editio princeps was printed by Sweynheym and Pannartz and numerous editions followed, with this one having some of the most substantial commentary, including Titi's work and commentary in the form of a letter by Ugolino Martelli (1519-1592). Adams C155; CNCE 47089.   Ref: 53229  show full image..
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Catullus, Gaius Valerius; Tibullus, Albius; Propertius, Sextus: Opera. Birminghamiae [Birmingham]: Johannis Baskerville, 1772. 4to. pp. [ii], 200, 221-372 (i.e. 352, due to usual pagination error). Sporadic light foxing, narrow patch of toning to gutter margin of pp.136-7 seemingly transferred from a ribbon bookmark. a few small pencilled bookseller's notes to front endpapers. 19th-century dark brown straight-grain morocco, spine heavily gilt, boards with gilt and blind tooled frame and borders, all edges gilt, green endpapers. Some surface wear to joints, lightly shelf worn, lower corner of rear board a bit bumped. A very good copy, handsomely bound. Bookplate with crest (small piece of lower corner torn away), of Henry Disbrowe of All Souls. According to Alumni Oxonienses this is likely Henry John Disbrowe of Launceston, a fellow of All Soul's College, Oxford from 1816. He became rector of Welbourne in Lincoln in 1820 and remained there until his death in 1867. To rfep recto, pencilled inscription of Thomas Thorp dated Dec. 2nd 1938. Leaves A2 and H3, often cancelled, are both found here in their original state; misnumeration and other errors as usual. Also available in 12mo., this 4to. version was priced on publication at a guinea, though copies were advertised for sale at 18s. on 9th July 1773; 780 copies remained in stock in 1775. Dibdin describes this edition, based on Coustelier's 1743 production, as 'very beautiful', though 'not esteemed for accuracy' (Dibdin I (4th edn.) 377). ESTC T6260; Gaskell 44; Graesse 287; Moss 1263   Ref: 52193  show full image..
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Cicero, Marcus Tullius; (Gruter, Jan; Gulielmus, Jan, eds.:) Opera Omnia Quae Exstant, ex sola fere` codd mss. fide emendata studio atq[ue] industria Jani Gulielmii & Jani Gruteri additis notis & indd: accuratiss: confectis. Hamburgi [Hamburg]: Ex bibliopolio Frobeniano, 1618. 4 vols. in 2. Folio bound in 8s, pp. [xx], 34, [ii], 255, [i], 590; 417, [i], 461, [i]. Engraved title-page with vignette; woodcut initials, head- and tail-pieces. Printed on notoriously poor paper, hence toning and foxing of varying severity. To first vol., a closed tear to 2G6 affecting a few letters; second vol. title-page detached but wholly present, gathering 2Z misbound. Occasional light dampstaining; some spots of wax and ink, closed marginal tears and tiny instances of worming. Contemporary speckled calf, raised bands, gilt spines, edges sprinkled red. Much rubbed and scuffed, endcaps rubbed with loss to first vol., corners worn, turn-ins peeling, endpapers rumpled. A tired copy, but of a work with an interesting scholarly history. Ownership inscriptions of Henri van der Lijndin dated 1659 to each title-page. A fifth volume followed in 1619. 'This edition was formerly of some authority, and followed by a great number of succeeding editors; but with the disadvantage of bad paper and bad type, it unites many errors and absurdities; adopting the palpable incorrectness of MSS. in lieu of the emendations of learned men, who had restored the text of Cicero in a manner unexceptionable to every other critic but to the blind obstinacy of Gruter. Consult Ernesti's preface to his own edit. p.xlii; Harles, Introd. Lit. Rom. t.ii. 56; Bipont. Edit. xcii-iii.; and Beck's preface, p. xxxvi-vii; all of which authorities unite in bestowing a severe chastisement on Gruter.' (Dibdin) A good deal of scholarly work has been done on this edition, including attempts to explain where Gruter (1560-1627) went so wrong. His work was based on the edition of Gulielmus (Jan Wilhelms, 1555-84), whose project had been to use a large number of French and German manuscripts to compile an edition of Cicero's works based on manuscript readings only, without editorial conjectures. In the late 1980's, P.L. Schmidt identified Gulielmus's own copy of Cicero, 'containing all his collations and conjectures, a remarkable discovery.' The edition was Lambinus's (1577-8). Close examination by D.H. Berry throws light on Gruter's methods: '[it] was this copy which Gulielmius used to collate the Erfurtensis, and thus the readings he recorded need no longer be taken at second hand from Gruter, but may now be had direct from Gulielmius himself. The authorities at Leiden have with great generosity supplied me with photographs of the relevant pages of Lambinus' edition, with the result that I have been able to compare against one another Gulielmius' collation, Gruter's version of it and the readings given by Zinzerling. This examination has revealed various deficiencies in Gruter's reports which have, naturally, permeated all subsequent editions. In particular, Gruter recorded only a selection of the reports noted by Gulielmius, while his manner of recording has been found to have been imprecise and consequently misleading: where Gulielmius reported only one word from E, Gruter's method was to cite the whole clause without indicating which word had occurred in E and which had simply been taken from the deteriores on which his edition was predominantly based.' (The Classical Quarterly, Vol. 39, No. 2 (1989), pp. 400-407). Dibdin I (4th edn.) 400   Ref: 49893  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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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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De Beka, Johannes & Heda, Wilhelmus De Episcopis Ultraiectinis, recogniti et notis historicis, recogniti et notis historicis illustrati ab Arn. Buchelio Batavo I.C. Utraiecti [Utrecht]: ex officina Ioannis a Doorn, 1642-43 First edition. Folio. 3 parts in 1. pp. [10], 191, [14], [1] + engraved frontispiece and double-page engraved map of Utrecht; pp. [4], 331, [1], 12, [32]; pp. [8], 180, [36], with occasional text engravings of ancient coins, or woodcuts of seals, woodcut initials. Edges dusty, very slight toning, small paper flaw to lower blank margin of [*]9, small tear to lower blank margin of K5. Contemporary polished vellum, title inked to spine, dust-soiled. Modern ex-libris of I.J.G. A generally clean copy of the first edition of these famous Dutch medieval chronicles, illustrated by a handsome, double-page engraved map of the provinces. Known as the 'Heda and Beka', they were first published by Suffridus Petri in 1612. Arnoldus Buchelius (1565-1641) worked painstakingly on editing the texts anew, leaving an unfinished manuscript upon his death; his work was finalised by L. van Waveren. The first part provides Johannes de Beka's 14th-century account of the early history of the Netherlands to 1393, with appendixes by later scholars to the year 1456. The second part is Wilhelmus Heda's (d.1525) account of the history of the bishops of Utrecht, with a life of Heda himself. The third features Lambertus Hortensius's 16th-century chronicle of Utrecht, with a life of the author and the text of Pope Clement VII's confirmation of the submission of the province of Utrecht to the Emperor Charles V. Bib. Hist. Neerl. II, 106; NNBW X, cols 39-40.   Ref: 53341  show full image..
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De Bèze, Théodore; Muret, Marc-Antoine; Secundus, Joannes: Poemata; Juvenilia; Juvenilia. Lugduni Batavorum [Leiden] [i.e. Paris]: s.n. [Barbou] 1757. Small 8vo. (155 x 90mm), pp. [ii], iv, 124 + portrait frontispiece; x, 11-106 + portrait frontispiece; iv, [i], 4-156. No loss to the 3rd work, just unusual pagination, and no portrait called for. Woodcut printer's device (formerly used by the Elzevirs) to each title-page. Occasional very light foxing. Contemporary brown mottled calf, spine gilt with dark red morocco label, gilt borders and dentelles, a.e.g., marbled endpapers, pink ribbon bookmark bound in. Spine a little creased, very light wear to endcaps and corners, a very good, attractive copy. Three highlights of 16th-century Neo-Latin poetry, bound together as usual. All three title-pages bear a false imprint, 'Lugduni Batavorum'; according to Brunet this edition was actually published in Paris by Barbou, and it does indeed have the appearance of a Barbou book. The first work comprises the poems of the Calvinist theologian Théodore de Bèze (or Theodorus Beza, 1519-1605,) originally published in Paris in 1548. He is most known for his editions of the New Testament: a Latin translation and a Greek critical edition. The Juvenilia of Marc-Antoine Muret (or Marcus Antonius Muretus, 1526-1585) was first published in 1552. A Classical scholar, as well as writing poetry he lectured in schools in France and Italy and was involved with the rediscovery and interpretation of ancient texts. The final work is that of Janus Secundus Nicolai Hagiensis (1511-1536). The first publication of his works was posthumous, Secundus having died very young, and appeared in Utrecht in 1541. It was edited by his brother Marius. Secundus is primarily remembered for his love poems, often known as the 'kissing poet' for his variations on two kiss poems by Catullus. Brunet I, 239   Ref: 52284  show full image..
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De Voiture, Vincent: Les lettres de Mr de Voiture. Cologne: Jacques le Jeune, 1685. 12mo. pp. [12], 565, [11], including engraved title from 1687 Brussels edition. Woodcut initials and ornaments. Slight browning or marginal foxing, engraved title and verso of last leaf little dust-soiled. Contemporary vellum over boards. Little rubbed, few ancient stains, traces of red wax to pastedown. Scarce pirated edition -- with the false imprint 'Cologne, Jacques le Jeune, 1685', but produced in The Hague probably a few years later (see Weller, 'Die falschen und fingierten Druckarte'). It is an exact reprint of L. Marchant's Brussels edition of 1687, of which it includes the engraved title. Vincent Voiture (1597-1648) was in the service of Cardinal Richelieu and Louis XIII, and one of the earliest members of the Académie française. Whilst he never published anything in his lifetime, a collection of his letters and verse published posthumously made him fashionable among the intellectual elites. Among his correspondents were Cardinal Mazarin and the Duchess of Savoy.   Ref: 53273  show full image..
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