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[Virgil] Vergilius Maro, Publius: (Burmann, P., ed.) Bucolica, Georgica, et Aeneis. Glasguae [Glasgow]: in Aedibus Academicis Excudebant Robertus et Andreas Foulis Academiae Typographi 1758. 8vo., pp. [viii], 397, [iii]. Impressively clean within. Deep red morocco, gilt spine with black label, a.e.g., very attractive Dutch gilt endpapers. Half of spine label lost, bit rubbed, spine and board edges slightly darkened, some light scuffs and scrapes to boards with a few re-coloured chips to edges, the remains of some erased pencil notes to the blanks preceding the title-page. A very good copy in a handsome binding. An inscription in blue ink to the preliminary blank: 'Bought by Arthur Lloyd Baker 1952 & given by him in 1958 to Mary Paterson to encourage her to watch cricket.' A photograph of Colonel Lloyd-Baker (1883-1979) is loosely inserted. Also in Lloyd-Baker's handwriting some pencil notes to the title-page, and later a note regarding the dedication to Philip, Count Hardwicke. Lloyd-Baker lived at Hardwicke Court in Gloucestershire and this connection was presumably his reason for buying the book. Also to the title-page, inscription of the Duke of Grafton dated 1786. This would be Augustus Henry FitzRoy, 3rd Duke of Grafton, (1735-1811), styled Earl of Euston between 1747 and 1757. He was a politician and one of a very small number of dukes to have served as Prime Minister (1768-1770). An old catalogue description of this copy loosely inserted. The first few unpaginated leaves tend to appear in a variable order. In this copy we find the title-page, the blank leaf, the dedication and then the leaf titled 'Quintilianus, Lib. X'. Dibdin cites Harwood's opinion of this edition as 'very correct and beautiful'. Foulis' folio edition followed in 1788. ESTC T139215; Gaskell 360; Dibdin II (4th ed.) 558   Ref: 52033 
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[Virgil] Vergilius Maro, Publius: (Douglas, Gavin, trans.:) (Ruddiman, Thomas, ed.:) Virgil's Aeneis, Translated into Scottish Verse, [...] A new Edition. Wherein the Many Errors of the Former are Corrected, and the Defects Supply'd, from an Excellent Manuscript. To Which is Added a Large Glossary, Explaining the Difficult Words: Which may Serve for a Dictionary to the Old Scottish Edinburgh: Printed by Mr. Andrew Symson, and Mr. Robert Freebairn, 1710. Folio, pp. [viii], 19, [i], iv, [iv], 3-236, ff. 237-240, pp. 241-394, 397-486 [xcvi]. Complete despite pagination. With initial and final blank leaves. Two fairly long closed tears, affecting text but with no loss, to leaves 2D and 2U; pp. 189-92 misbound after p. 76, with a note to that effect (in an old hand) to p. 188; sporadic toning as usual with this rather poor-quality paper, some substantial ink smudges to pp. 381, 394, 395 affecting but not obscuring text; occasional light spotting. Contemporary brown calf, raised bands, reddish morocco gilt title label to spine, edges sprinkled red. Spine repaired at head and tail with conspicuous cloth tape, joints and edges rubbed, corners worn, a few marks and scrapes to boards, ffep slightly grubby and loosening, a very good copy that would benefit from more expert repair. Small bookplate (19th century?) of Russell of Aden with two crests to front paste-down. To title-page, inscriptions of: Alexander Russell Aden, with encoded lines beneath; Thomas Gordon, of King's College Aberdeen. The arrangement of the preliminaries varies from copy to copy. The preliminaries here are arranged thus: titlepage; titlepage to 1553 ed.; list of subscribers; 'The Life of Gawin Douglas'; 'The Judgment and Testimonies'; Preface. The main text begins on p. 3 ( A2); according to the ESTC, the title-page to the 1553 ed. (unsigned) may have been intended to be pp. 1-2. Second edition of the first translation of Virgil's 'Aeneid' into Scottish. This edition corrected the first printing (1553), and the Edinburgh philologist Thomas Ruddiman added an elaborate glossary. This glossary was the basis for the antiquary John Jamieson's 'Etymological Dictionary of the Scottish Language' (1808). The poet Gavin Douglas (?1475-1522), Bishop of Dunkeld and third son of the earl of Angus, "was one of the first to draw the distinction between Scots and 'Inglis'" (OCEL). He was unusual amongst his contemporaries in concentrating solely on studying the vernacular, rather than producing books in Latin. The 'Life' of Gavin Douglas by Bishop Sage, appended here, is one of the main sources for the author's biography. ESTC T139442. Lowndes 2782. Graesse VI.2 355 (note).   Ref: 52023 
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[Virgil] Vergilius Maro, Publius: (Heinsius, Nicolaas; Burman, Pieter, the Elder; Burman, Pieter, the Younger; et al:) Opera, cum integris & emendatioribus commentariis Servii, Philargyrii, Pierii [...] Amstelaedami [Amsterdam]: sumptibus Jacobi Wetstenii, 1746. 4 vols., 4to., pp. [lxiv], LXXXII, 519, [i] + 1 plate; [iv], 706 + folding map; [iv], 707, [i]; [iv], 358, [ccclxxviii]. Additional engraved frontispiece to vol.I, signed: 'L.F. D.B. inv.' and 'P. Tanje sculp. 1744'. Half-title to each volume, title-pages in red and black with engraved printer's device (motto: 'Terar dum prosim'), woodcut initials, engraved head- and tail-pieces, some engraved illustrations in the text. Vol. II: small wax spot to p.73 affecting two words; short pencil note to p.599. Vol. III: Tiny notes in an old hand to p.34 and p.462; a little ink spotting to p.463 but not obscuring text; small ink blot to tail edge, just starting to bleed onto the lower margin from p.673 onwards. Contemporary vellum, titles inked to spines, raised bands, boards blindstamped, edges heavily sprinkled red. Light smudgy marks and a few small stains but still a very good, attractive set. Bound uniformly with our stock number 51573, Hemsterhuis' Lucian (1743). Signature of E. Spencer to all volumes, dated 1861 to vol.III. To vols. I, II and IV two armorial bookplates each, the second (of Henry Spencer) obscuring the name on the first. 'Of this celebrated edition, so well known to the classical world, it would be useless to present the reader with a formal account of the voluminous contents [...] Ernesti has highly extolled the edition, calling it "omnium principem et canonem Virgilii." See his Fabr. B.L. t.i. 357; and Harles, Introd. Lit. Rom. t.ii. 315, which gives a slight but favourable sketch of its contents. It contains the entire amended commentaries of Servius, Philargyrius, and Pierius; with some notes of Fulvious Ursinus, George Fabricius, F. Nansius, Musinius, Tanaquil Faber, and especially of N. Heinsius, which latter are published for the first time: indexes and commentaries also accompany it.' (Dibdin) Dibdin (4th edn.) II 552-3   Ref: 51574 
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[Virgil] Vergilius Maro, Publius: (Schrevel, Cornelis, ed.:) [Opera] Cum Veterum Omnium Commentariis et Selectis Recentiorum Notis. Nova Editio. [Lugduni Batavorum]: Ex officina Abraham Commelini, 1646. 4to, pp. [xvi], 996, [lvi]. Engraved title-page, woodcut initials. Slightly narrow margin at head edge, small hole to margin of p.3, repaired tear to p.505 not affecting text. Contemporary speckled brown calf prize binding, red morocco label to spine, gilt borders and coat of arms of Hoorn to each board. Spine creased and a little rubbed, small neat repair headcap, edges a bit worn but very good. Stub of excised prize certificate just visible after first gathering. Library inkstamp (Amsterdam?) to title-page verso. One notable feature of this edition is Schrevel's use of collations supplied by Nicolas Heinsius, who would later produce his own edition of Virgil, following the work of his father, whose text had been printed by the Elzevirs. Schweiger, 1169-70; Graesse VI, 340.   Ref: 49321 
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Vorst, Johann (ed.): Veterum Poetarum Graecorum Poemata [...] [Frontispiece: ] Berolini [Berlin]: Sumptibus Ruperti Völckeri [Title-page: Francofurti ad Viadrum 1692. 8vo., pp. [xvi] 335 [i] including frontispiece. Title page in red and black, text in Greek and Latin on facing pages. One large repair to leaf A1 (pp.1-2) and three small ones elsewhere, each affecting one or two characters. Light browning and occasional foxing, a few later marginal notes, text-block starting to loosen from binding at front hinge. An attractive copy bound in later vellum boards, paper label with inked title to spine, long sides overlapping, MS label. Stamp to title: "Colleg. linciens. S.J.", two early MS ownership inscriptions (crossed through) to upper pastedown. Second edition of these selections from the works of ancient Greek poets, from Homer and Hesiod to Oppian, with facing Latin translations. The editor, Johannes Vorst (1623-1696), was a schoolmaster and librarian in Berlin, and also produced studies of Latin style (Sandys II 365). VD17 1:060668K.   Ref: 22622  show full image..
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Weever, John: Ancient Funerall Monuments Within the United Monarchie of Great Britaine, Ireland, and the Islands Adjacent, with the dissolued monasteries therein contained: their founders, and what eminent persons haue beene in the same interred. As also the death and buriall of certain of the bloud royall; the nobilitie and gentrie of these kingdomes entombed in forrain London: Thomas Harper, 1631. First Edition. Folio, pp. [xx], 871, [i]. Bound without the 14 page index (commonly lacking). Includes portrait frontispiece and additional engraved title-page, further illustrations in the text, woodcut initials and decorations. Slight split between endpapers and frontispiece, frontis a bit grubby and lined to verso, engraved title neatly repaired at fore-edge, fore-edge margins a little tattered at edges front and rear, repaired closed tear to bottom margin pp.7-8, occasional very light worm trails to bottom margin, generally bright. 20th-century half reddish-brown polished sheep, gilt spine with red and green morocco labels, terracotta cloth-covered boards, edges sprinkled red, endpapers renewed. Joints and corners worn, patch of fading to upper board near joint, a few smudgy marks but a very good, sound copy. Two 20th-century bookplates: the historian John L. Nevinson, Exeter College Oxford to front paste-down; Claude Blair to ffep, with his ownership inscription above. Blair (1922-2010), a historian of European arms and armour, English churches and the decorative arts, was keeper of the Department of Metalwork at the V&A from 1972 to 1982. Additionally, to the frontispiece verso the name Duckworth is written in very large letters. Despite the title, only the dioceses of Canterbury, Rochester, London, and Norwich are covered here; no further volumes were produced as Weever died the year after publication. Two manuscript notebooks containing an early draft plus further unpublished material survive and are housed at the Society of Antiquaries (manuscripts 127 &128). Both the published volume and the notebooks contain many inscriptions which have since been lost, making them invaluable to modern historians. ESTC S118104   Ref: 50851 
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Whitaker, [John]: The Genuine History of the Britons Asserted in a Full and Candid Refutation of Mr Macpherson's Introduction to the History of Great Britain and Ireland. Sold by Dodsley, Pall-Mall; Payne, Mews-gate, et al, 1772. First edition. 8vo., pp. [iv], 308. A1 is the title-page, A2 the half-title. Some sporadic foxing. 19th-century half brown calf, gilt title to spine, marbled paper-covered boards, drab endpapers, edges lightly sprinkled grey. Rubbed, some little chips to joints and edges, corners slightly worn, still a good copy. MS shelfmark to front paste-down. '29 November 1903' added in pencil beneath 'The End' to p.304. Printed by William Bowyer and John Nichols (their records show 251 copies printed). The Genuine History of the Britons was Whitaker's response to 'the Ossian controversy': a refutation of James Macpherson's History of Great Britain and Ireland (1761). ' This work confirmed Whitaker's reputation as a controversial and provocative polemicist and his penchant for merciless ad hominem attacks on those from whose opinions he differed. From November 1773 to February 1774 he held the morning preachership at Berkeley Chapel, London, but left it following a dispute, concerning which he published a typically intemperate State of the Case, leading to the threat of a libel suit. While in London he made the acquaintance of Dr Johnson and Edward Gibbon, with whom he continued to correspond after he left London. Gibbon allowed him to read the first volume of Decline and Fall in manuscript, which Whitaker greeted with great enthusiasm. Gibbon had, however, withheld the chapter on Christianity, which Whitaker later read with high indignation.' (ODNB) ESTC T100007   Ref: 51396 
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Wolcot, John: (Pindar, Peter, pseud.:) The Works of Peter Pindar, Esqr. In three volumes. [With:] Volume IV. London: Printed for John Walker, 1794; 1796. 4 vols., 8vo., pp. 444, [vi] + engraved title-page and engraved oval portrait frontispiece; 495, [vii] + engraved title-page; 431, [vii] + engraved title-page; [ii], 500, [viii] + engraved title-page. A bit foxed in places, extremities a touch rubbed. Contemporary marbled and polished tree calf, spines gilt in compartments, red and green morocco labels, boards bordered with a Greek key roll, marbled endpapers, extremities a touch rubbed. The original three volumes are here bound uniformly with the separately-issued fourth; a fifth volume, not present here, was issued in 1801. ESTC T134072, T134073.   Ref: 36990 
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Wood, Anthony : Athenae Oxonienses. An exact History of all the Writers and Bishops who have had their Education in the most Antient and Famous University of Oxford, from the Fifteenth Year of King Henry the Seventh, A.D. 1500, to the Author's Death in November 1695. [...] The Second Edition, very much Corrected and Enlarged; with the Addition of above 500 new Lives from the Author's Original Manuscript. London: Printed for R. Knaplock, D. Midwinter, and J. Tonson, 1721. 2 vols. bound in one. Folio, pp. [xiv] cols. 742 p. [i] cols. 286 pp. [i] [viii]; pp. [vi] cols. 1186 p. [i] cols. 238 pp. [i] [viii]. Title-page to each volume, in red and black. Engraved initials and head- & tail-pieces. Sporadic dampstaining near gutter at tail edge affecting but certainly not obscuring text, very slight worming to fore-edge margin of first few leaves, occasional light toning, a few spots and smudges. Contemporary brown calf boards with blind-tooled frame, neatly rebacked with raised bands, gilt spine with title-label, corners repaired, edges lightly mottled red. Light scrapes and scratches, front endpapers a but rumpled but still a very good, handsome copy. To front paste-down: bookplate of Prinknash monastery in Gloucestershire; spade-shield style armorial bookplate of Henry Thomas Payne. Payne's ownership inscription to head of title-page. This seems likely to be Henry Thomas Payne (1759-1832), the Welsh cleric and ecclesiastical historian. Second edition in English, revised, of Wood's "priceless source of information on Oxford and her worthies" (Ency. Brit. 11th edition), first printed in Latin in 1674 and in English in 1693. This edition includes defences of Wood (1632-1695) by his nephew, Dr. Thomas Wood, after he had been condemned at the vice-chancellor's court for libels against the earl of Clarendon in the first edition, and attacked by Gilbert Burnet for displaying popish prejudice. ESTC T59423; Lowndes 2982.   Ref: 52207 
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Xenophon: (Hutchinson, ed.:) Kyrou Anabaseos Biblia Hepta. Oxonii. E. Typographeo Clarendoniano, 1772. 8vo, pp. [ii]. 336. Large printer's device to title-page. A few occasional annotations and inkspots but generally clean within. Contemporary light brown calf, gilt spine with orange morocco label, edges sprinkled red. Scuffed, spine creased with evidence of tape at tail, joints beginning to split, upper board fraying at top corner, a good working copy. Hampshire County Library stamps to title-page verso, library card pocket to front paste-down and security sticker to rear paste-down. In an old hand, faintly, to front paste-down, 'an incorrect book. EH.' Title transliterated from the Greek. Dibdin enumerates three Oxford productions of Hutchinson's edition, the first of 1735, the second of 1745 and this, the third of 1772. He quotes Harwood's judgement of the second edition as 'a very rare book' and this third as 'an incorrect one'. ESTC T138412; Dibdin II (4th edn), 572-3.   Ref: 50360 
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