Ausonius, Decimus Magnus; Martialis, Marcus Valerius; Catullus, Tibullus & Propertius: Opera, Ex Recognitione Josephi Scaligeri Jul. Caes. F.; Epigrammaton libri XII. Xeniorum liber I. Apopharetorum liber I.; [Works]. [Leiden:] ex officina Plantiniana Raphelengii, 1605; 1606; 1601. 3 works in 1 volume. 24mo., pp. 238, [i]; 272; 213, [iii], includes final blanks to first and last works. Woodcut printer's device to each title-page. Very slightly toned, lower fore-edge corners of leaf N2 of Ausonius and leaf G2 of Catullus torn away though not affecting text apart from the latter's catchword. Contemporary semi-limp vellum, recent red leather and gilt title label to spine, edges coloured red. Both paste-downs lifted, exposing some scraps of vellum MS used as sewing supports. A little cocked, spine slightly creased, a few smudgy marks but very good. A few pencilled bookseller's notes to front endpapers. Small inscription of an illegible name in an old hand to front paste-down recto. 20th-century bookplate ('Georgii Fletcher et Amicorum') to front paste-down verso. Three pocket-sized editions of classical works from the Plantin press, all scarce in the UK with COPAC finding no copies of the Ausonius, one BL copy of the 1606 Martial and only 1587, 1603 and 1613 editions of the Catullus rather than the 1601 found here (WorldCat finds one copy of the 1601 Catullus in Leiden University Library). Schweiger (II, 80) mentions the 1603 edition of Catullus, but no others. Francois Raphelengien joined the Plantin press as a corrector in 1564 and remained there for 25 years until the death of Christopher Plantin, from whom inherited the Leiden branch of the press. Francois died in 1597, followed by his son and heir Christopher only three years later. These works date from the time of his second son Francois II, who was not appointed as printer to the University as his predecessors had been, and who sold the business in 1619. Ref: 52191show full image..
Baedeker, Karl: Great Britain. Handbook for travellers. Leipzig: Karl Baedeker, 1910. 8vo, pp. [lxviii], 624, with folding maps and plates. Slight toning, first folding map torn. Publisher's cloth, title gilt to upper board and spine, upper hinge starting, front endpapers a bit browned, extremities minimally worn. Ref: 53501
Bald, R.C.: Donne and the Drurys. Cambridge University Press, 1959. First edition. 8vo, pp. x, 176 + 11 plates and 3 illustrations. Blue cloth, title gilt-stamped to spine. Dust-jacket, slightly dusty, head of spine a trifle worn, else a very good copy overall. Ref: 53444
Banks, Iain M.: Look to Windward. The new Culture novel. London: Orbit, 2000. First edition. 8vo, pp. 357. Minimal toning, else a very good copy. Hardback, black cloth, spine gilt-lettered, dust-jacket, head of spine a little bumped, near invisible traces of adhesive to upper cover, but still very good. Ref: 53540
Banks, Iain M.: The Hydrogen Sonata. A culture novel. London: Orbit, 2012. First edition. 8vo, pp. 517. Hardback, black cloth, spine gilt-lettered, dust-jacket, minimal wear at head and foot of spine, but still a very good copy. Ref: 53539
Barlow, Frank (ed.): The Life of King Edward who rests at Westminster attributed to a monk of St Bertin. London: Thomas Nelson and Sons, 1962. First edition. 8vo, pp. [lxxxii], 145. Slight toning, a very good copy. Red cloth, spine gilt, dust-jackets, edges minimally chipped, but still very good. Ref: 53513
Barnes, John & O'Cuilleanain (eds.): Dante and the Middle Ages: Literary and Historical Essays. Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 1995. First edition. 8vo., pp. 319. Hardback: black cloth, gilt-lettered to spine, fine. Dust-jacket, sun-faded to spine, not affecting lettering, light creasing to edges, otherwise very good. Author inscribed. In the series: Publications of the Foundation for Italian Studies, University College Dublin. Ref: 53594
[Baxter, Lucy E.] Leader, Scott, pseud.: The Cathedral Builders. The Story of a Great Masonic Guild. London: Sampson Low, Marston and Company, 1899. 8vo, pp. xiii, 435 + 83 illustrations. Slightly toned, but still a very good copy. Red cloth, gilt with gilt design to upper board, hinges weakening, head and foot of spine bumped, library plate and stamps to front pastedown and occasionally throughout, else good. The Cathedral Builders 'shows much original observation and research and, if its arguments are not always conclusive, the international scope of the work and its wealth of illustration render it a storehouse of information' (ODNB). Ref: 53463
Beeton, Samuel Orchart (ed.): Dictionary of Geography. A universal gazetteer comprising twelve thousand distinct articles. London: Ward, Lock & Tyler, (c.1868). 8vo, pp. [vi], 898, with 7 folding map and 99 full-page plates (wanting plates 22, 86-86 within numerical sequence), illustrated frontispiece, slight age browning, most plates browned and foxed, occasionally dusty, some light dampstaining to title and following couple of gatherings, first few leaves a bit frayed at margins. Modern buckram. 19th-century dedication to verso of frontispiece. A later edition of Beeton's popular geographical dictionary, with maps of the ancient, modern and biblical world, and wood-engraved illustrations. Contemporary advertisements boasted of 'several hundred engravings', but it is unlikely they were all ever bound in. That there were variations is proved by plate 14 in this copy, repeated twice but with a different image. Ref: 53313show full image..
Beevor, Antony: Berlin: The Downfall 1945. London: Viking Penguin, 2002. First edition, sixth impression. 8vo., pp., xxxvii, 490 + plates. Section of maps to text. Toning, darkening to margins and edges, otherwise contents clean. Hardback: black cloth, gilt-lettered to spine, fine. Dust-jacket, creased at head of spine and along joints and all edges, white background now partly grubby, but still good. Ref: 53569