Atiya, Aziz S.: A History of Eastern Christianity. London: Methuen & Co. Ltd, 1968. First edition. 8vo, pp. xiv, 486 + illustrated frontispiece and 9 maps. Blue cloth, title stamped to spine. Dust-jacket, extremities a bit worn, but still good. Ref: 53456
[Augustine of Hippo, Saint] Augustinus, Aurelius: (Sommalius, R.P.H. ed.:) [...] Libri XII Confessionum. Ad 3 MSS. exemp. emendati [...] Coloniae Agrippinae [Cologne]: Sumptibus Cornelii ab Egmond et sociorum, 1649. 24mo. 430pp., [xxvi] (including final blank) with engraved title page of St. Augustine's conversion-vision. Minimal toning, the odd very light marginal water stain. Contemporary sheep, marbled endpapers, gilt pointillé single ruling with gilt fleurons to corners, raised bands, spine gilt ruled into six compartments, five with gilt fleurons, one gilt-lettered. Covers a trifle rubbed. Bookplate of Robert J. Hayhurst to front pastedown. A pocket edition of the 'Confessions', indexed, exquisitely bound and with an attractive title-page. Not in Brunet. Ref: 53162show full image..
[Augustine of Hippo, Saint] Augustinus, Aurelius: (Woodhead, Abraham, trans.:) The Life of S. Augustine. The First Part, Written by himself in the first ten Books of his Confessions. London: printed by J. C. for John Crook, 1660. First edition thus. 8vo. pp. (xvi) 208. Slight browning, upper outer corner of A2-3 torn (affecting end of four words), upper edge trimmed short, rear endpapers partly detached. Contemporary English mottled calf, joints cracked, spine rubbed with small loss at foot, minor damage from binding acid to boards. Contemporary inscription 'Ex Libris Geo : Denham ex dono Fra: Wingfeild' and early casemark to front pastedown, another 'Liber RJ(?) Wynne' to ffep. This copy was in the library of George Denham (b.1620), a physician in Stamford, Lincolnshire, and the uncle of the writer Aphra Behn. 'Aphra Behn's uncle George Denham, and at least one of her cousins and his descendants, were doctors in Stamford, Lincolnshire. Some of them studied at the University of Leyden; another cousin went to Magdalen College, Oxford' (Duffy, 'Oroonoko', p.7). The book was given to him by Francis Wingfeild (or Wingfield, b.1628), a lawyer and MP for Stamford in 1660, and Serjeant-at-Law for Charles II. The first edition of this English translation by the Catholic writer Abraham Woodhead (1609-78). It comprises the first ten books of St Augustine's Confessions (4th century), an account of his turbulent youth and later conversion to Christianity. Considered the first autobiography of the Christian West, it was enormously influential for early modern theology and literature alike, for the personal insights of its religious content as well as its innovative narrative style. Protestant readers like Denham and Wingfeild appreciated Augustine's writings for their interpretation of divine grace and salvation, considered germane to reformed ideas. Part 2 of this translation was published in 1679 as 'St Augustine's Confessions', partly based on the saint's work, partly on the account of his friend, Possidius. ESTC R208838 (lists only 3 copies in the US: Huntington, UCLA, Wellesley College). Ref: 53760show full image..
Aurelius Victor, Sextus: (Arntzenius, J., ed.:) Historia Romana, cum notis integris [...] Amstelodami [Amsterdam]: apud Janssonio Waesbergios. Trajecti Batav. [Utrecht]: apud Jacobum a Pools 1733. 4to., pp. [xlviii], 668, [cxxxiv] (including one full-page engraving) + additional engraved title-page. Title page in red and black with engraved vignette, illustrations (mostly numismatic) and a few decorations. Sudden heavy foxing from p.201 diminishing towards approx. p.257, occasional small scorch marks never affecting more than a letter or two. Contemporary brown marbled calf, raised bands, orange gilt label to spine, edges coloured yellow. Spine and corners rubbed, tiny tear to headcap, joints wearing a little but a very good copy. Arms of the Dutch city of Leeuwarden, capital of Friesland, in gilt to centre of each board. Illegible pencilled signature to ffep. The text is a new recension by Arntzenius, based on the work of Schott. Dibdin includes this edition on his list of best quarto variora, and notes: 'It is certainly an elaborate performance [...] the edition is indispensable to the collector's library.' Dibdin (4th edn.) I 343; Schweiger II 1136; Graesse VII, 299 Ref: 51544show full image..
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
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
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..