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Petavius, Dionysius [Pétau, Denis]: Rationarium Temporum in Partes Duas, Libros Tredecim Tributum. In quo aetatum omnium sacra profanaque Historia Chronologicis probationibus munita summatim traditur. Hac editione Novissima. Diligenter a mendis priorum Editionum expurgatum. Accedunt Supplementum Historiae ad banc usque aetatem continuatae, Tabulae Amstelodami et Lipziae [Amsterdam & Leipzig]: apud Arksteeum et Merkum, 1745. 3 parts as 1 vol. 8vo., pp. [xxxii], 795, [i]; [ii], 312, [viii]; 259, [iii] + portrait frontispiece, additional engraved title-page and 7 further plates. Title page to first part in red and black, woodcut initials and head- and tail-pieces. Sporadic light foxing but generally very good within. Contemporary vellum, gilt spine and borders with large gilt centrepiece to each board showing the coat of arms of Middelburg, 'Petavius' inked to spine. A few smudgy marks, headcap slightly pulled, a little ink to upper board, ties lost, paste-downs beginning to lift at edges, remains of a small round label to front paste-down. A very good, sound copy. Large, unusual armorial bookplate to front paste-down, with the name Mr Falconer. The following list printed below the arms: '1681 Dalmahoy of Dalmahoy / 1731 Wilbraham of Delamere / 1771 Edmunds of Worsborough / 1797 Raitt formerly of Halgreen'. We believe this to be the bookplate of the classical scholar Thomas Falconer (1771-1839), who married Frances Riatt in 1797. His mother was Henrietta Edmunds, who married his father in 1771, and the other names listed belong to his female antecedents. The arms of Dalmahoy, Wilbraham, Edmunds and Raitt are depicted beneath those of Falconer and are shown as lozenges, denoting that they belong to women before marriage. Thomas Falconer came from a family of classical scholars, and several of his children pursued the same work. 'Falconer's classical work lay chiefly in the field of ancient geography. In 1797 he published The Voyage of Hanno, Translated and Accompanied with the Greek Text and Dissertations, and he left a manuscript translation of Strabo which was later completed by his son William Falconer. With his father he also wrote a Discourse on the Measure of the Olympic Stadium (1805) which was appended to his father's translation of Arrian's Periplus. Although Falconer was not a particularly distinguished scholar, he was unlucky that his edition of Strabo became notorious through a review by Payne Knight in the Edinburgh Review of July 1809 which formed a famous attack on Oxford and its scholarship. Falconer's elegantly produced two-volume folio edition was published by the Oxford University Press in 1807. It was based on material left by his uncle Thomas Falconer (1738–1792). The first two books had been seen through the press by Dr Parsons, master of Balliol College, and five more had been edited by the Revd Henry Halliwell of Brasenose College, Oxford. The edition was described by Knight as a 'ponderous monument of operose ignorance and vain expense'. His criticisms of Falconer and Oxford learning were answered by a series of lengthy Replies by Edward Copleston (later provost of Oriel) which form an important—if at times complacent—apologia for Oxford education. Copleston's vigorous defence produced a personal letter of thanks from the chancellor and the conferring on him of the degree of DD by diploma. Falconer's edition hardly deserves the vehemence of Payne Knight's attack. Although the text is reprinted from Almeloveen's edition (itself a reprint of Casaubon's), Falconer senior had assembled a wide and valuable array of variant readings which proved very helpful to later editors. His manuscript (preserved in the Bodleian Library) contains collations made by several European scholars of manuscripts of Strabo from foreign libraries, including Paris, Florence, Madrid, and Moscow.' (ODNB) Denis Pétau (1583-1652), also known as Dionysius Petavius, was a French Jesuit theologian. His work on chronology, De Doctrina Temporum (1627), is here condensed into a three-part handbook. It proved very popular on its first appearance in 1633, and went through numerous reprints as well as being translated into French, English and Italian. De Backer-Sommervogel VI, 600; Spoelder, 644 (Middelburg 5)   Ref: 52053 
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Peter, Hermann: Der Brief in der Römischen Literatur. Hildesheim: Georg Olms Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1965. Reprint. 8vo., pp. 259. Blue cloth, gilt-letter to spine and upper board, top corners bumped, else very good. Ownership inscriptions of C.D.N. Costa in pen to front paste-down and Anne Wilson, crossed-out, to ffep. One or two markings, not obstructing text. Reprint of the Leipzig 1901 edition.   Ref: 51030 
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Petronius Arbiter, Titus: (Buecheler, Franz; Heraeus, Karl Wilhelm, eds.:) Saturae et Liber Priapeorum. Berolini: Weidmannos, 1912. 8vo., pp. iv, 282. Internally clean. Red cloth, black title label to spine, edges sprinkled red. Headcap fraying, joints a little and corners rubbed, faint foxing to endpapers but a very good copy overall. Inscription of C.D.N. Costa dated 15. x. '65 to front paste-down.   Ref: 52066 
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Phaedrus: (Burmann, Pieter, ed.:) Fabularum Aesopiarum libri quinque. Cum novo commentario Petri Burmanni. Leidae [Leiden]: Apud Samuelem Luchtmans, 1727. Burman's 4th edition. 4to., pp. [lii], 263, xlix, 93, [iii] + additional engraved title-page. Lacks folding portrait plate. Title-page in red and black with woodcut printer's device, head- and tail-pieces. Francis Hare's 93-page 'Epistola Critica' at rear, the presence of which indicates a large paper copy according to Lamb. A little light dampstaining near gutter, sporadic toning with some gatherings more affected than others, occasional wax spots. Contemporary vellum, title inked to spine, edges sprinkled red and blue. Spine with a red smudge, small hole and remains of a paper label, a little grubby but sound. A scholar's copy, still useful despite the missing plate. 20th-century bookplate of John Denys Parmiter (1902-1989), headmaster of Eagle House School, Wellington College, to front paste-down. Inscription of G[eorge] I[saac] Huntingford dated Aug. 14 1790 also to front paste-down. Huntingford (1748-1832) was tutor and friend of Henry Addington (Prime Minister 1801-4), and served as Bishop of Gloucester 1802–1815, and of Hereford, 1815–32. He published an account of Addington's government, a popular Short Introduction to Writing of Greek and original Greek and Latin verse. 'To this day Burman's edition of 1727 is the only complete commentary on Phaedrus and has not been superceded. Unlike his variorum editions, the notes are Burman's own work. He uses conjecture sparingly and often discusses the emendations of other scholars at considerable length.' (Lamb, Annales Phaedriani, p.vi). Dibdin II (4th ed.) 281; Schweiger II 736; Lamb 167   Ref: 51782 
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Phalaris [...] Epistolae. Ex MSS Recensuit, Versione, Annotationibus, & Vita insuper Authoris Donavit Car. Boyle ex Aede Christi. Oxonii [Oxford]: e typographeo Clarendoniano, 1718. 8vo., pp. [xiv], 154, [vi] + engraved frontispiece. Greek and Latin text. A little soiling at beginning and end. Contemporary Cambridge-style panelled calf, rebacked and re-polished preserving original red morocco label, hinges relined. Bookplate of Cheshunt College Library with 'Withdrawn' stamps to front pastedown. Second impression (first published in 1695) of the book which set off the academic spat which changed the face of English classical scholarship. In his preface Charles Boyle, younger brother of the Earl of Orrery and grand-nephew of Robert Boyle, accuses Richard Bentley, as King's Librarian, of "singular humanity" in denying him adequate access to a manuscript. Thus provoked by this (unfair as it happens) accusation, Bentley published A Dissertation upon the Epistles of Phalaris first in 98 pages and then expanded to about 600, proving the spuriousness of the attribution of the letters to Phalaris, tyrant of Agrigentum. Written in English and proceeding step by step through anachronism, unhistorical use of language and form, dialect, artificiality of content and transmission of text, Bentley set a new benchmark for classical scholarship. The hapless Boyle could have had no idea of the future consequences of his prefatory clause of sarcasm. ESTC T144295. Brunet IV 592.   Ref: 43129 
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Philostratus, L. Flavius 'the Athenian'; Philostratus 'the Lemnian' & Philostratus 'the Younger'?; ['Apollonius of Tyana'; Eusebius of Caesarea; Callistratus:] (Olearius, G., ed.:) [Opera] quae supersunt omnia. Vita Apollonii libris VIII, Vitae Sophistorum libris II, Heroica, Imagines Priores atque Posteriores, et Epistolae. Accessere Apollonii Tyanensis epistolae, Eusebii liber adversus Hieroclem, Callistrati descript. statuarum [...] Lipsiae [Leipzig]: Apud Thomam Fritsch, 1709. First edition thus. Folio, pp. [viii], xliii, [i], 987, [i]. Half-title, title in red and black with printer's Pegasus device, woodcut initials and head- and tail-pieces, occasional small engravings in the text. A little faint foxing, a very small number of toned leaves (e.g. Q2). Contemporary dark brown calf, gilt spine with raised bands, dark red morocco title label, edges coloured red, marbled endpapers. Rubbed with faint crackling to surface, endcaps worn and endbands lost, joints creased and starting to crack at head and tail but boards holding firm, corners fraying. Still, a very good copy overall. Olearius's edition of the Philostrati, which uses unpublished notes by the scholar Richard Bentley. Works present include an account of the 1st century AD Pythagorean Apollonius of Tyana, of other pagan sophists, of the cults of heroes of the Trojan war, and letters on themes of love (Ben Jonson's 'To Celia' is derived from letter 33), and descriptions of artistic images. Also included are letters once attributed to Apollonius of Tyana; descriptions of statues by Callistratus (fl. 3rd or 4th century), an imitator of Philostratus; and the treatise of Eusebius of Caesarea (c.AD 260-339) against comparisons between Apollonius and Christ. Gottfried Olearius (1672-1715) was brought up and educated in Leipzig, where from 1709 he was professor of theology. He travelled in Holland and England in 1693.   Ref: 51001 
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Pickard-Cambridge, A.W.: The Dramatic Festivals of Athens. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1953. First edition. 8vo. pp. xxii, 334, [ii] + numerous b/w plates. Cloth, faded at spine and edges, without dust-jacket.   Ref: 52039 
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Pindar: (Christ, W., ed.: ) Prolegomenis et Commentariis Instructa. Leipzig: Teubner, 1896. 8vo., pp. cxxx, 466. Cloth, gilt-lettered, spine slightly cocked, tiny white marks to lower board, small green sticker and mark to spine, spine slightly faded, some general shelf wear, red-speckled edges dusted, free endpapers browned, Royal Hollway College bookplate to f.p.d., barcode sticker to f.f.e.p., 3 R.H.C Library stamps to title page and pages 5 and 466. Very good.   Ref: 48554 
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Plato: (Adam, James, ed.:) The Republic of Plato. Volume I: Books I-V; Volume II: Books VI-X and Indexes. Cambridge University Press, 1905; 1907. First edition, second impression. 2 vols. 8vo., pp. xvi, 364; 532. Volume II title and half-title loosening, and gutter just starting to separate at pp. 384/5, but binding still sound. Blue cloth, gilt to spine & top edges, gilt and blind stamped to upper board. Spine sunned, endcaps and corners worn, a little foxing mainly to endpapers, still a good set. Ownership inscription of C.D.N. Costa to front paste-down with occassional pencil annotations.   Ref: 50913 
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Plato: (Baiter, J.G., ed.:) Res Publica. London & Stuttgard: David Nutt & Meyer and Zeller, 1887. Sixth edition. 8vo., pp. lxxx, [ii], 316 + interleaved notepaper. Text in Greek with Latin apparatus. Annotations to margins, notepaper and endpapers, occasional spotting. Later brown cloth, gilt title label to spine. Endcaps and joints worn, a few marks, dusty, endpapers toned but still a good working copy. Illegible ownership inscription of a student of Balliol College, Oxford to half-title.   Ref: 51246 
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