Aurelius Antoninus, Marcus; (Collier, Jeremy, trans.:) The Emperor Marcus Antoninus: His Conversation With Himself. Together with the Preliminary Discourse of the Learned Gataker. As also the Emperor's Life, Written by Monsieur D'Acier (and) the Mythological Picture of Cebes the Theban [...] translated into English from the Respectiv London: Printed for Richard Sare [...] 1701. First edition thus. 8vo. pp. [viii], 36, cxxv, , 270  + engraved frontispiece. With the final advertisements. 'Gataker's Discourse' (36pp.) misbound, small worm trail at lower gutter of couple of gatherings,. Contemporary panelled calf, boards and spine blind tooled, raised bands, spine gilt lettered. Very minor loss to extremities and boards. Modern booklabels of Wilfred Merton and William Andrews Clark Jr., and presentation inscription of Lewis Atterbury LLD to the Library of Newport Pagnell (1731), to front pastedown. The first edition of Collier's translation of Antoninus's 'Meditations' - a most influential work of Stoic philosophy in the form of short quotations and thoughts on his own private life. The edition includes an introduction, first published in 1652, by Thomas Gataker - 'the most successful editor of Antoninus's Meditations' (Dibdin I, 269) - and the life of Antoninus by Dacier translated from the original French. This copy was once in the possession of Lewis Atterbury LLD (1656-1731), royal chaplain to Queen Anne and George I, who donated part of his library to Christ Church, Oxford. ESTC T63064. Ref: 53279show 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..
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
Bates, David; Crick, Julia & Hamilton, Sarah (eds.): Writing Medieval Biography, 750-1250. Essays in Honour of Frank Barlow. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 2006. First edition. 8vo., pp. xiii, 262. Erratum slip loosely inserted. Hardback: brown cloth, gilt-lettering to spine, title-label to upper board. No dust-jacket, as issued. Bottom corners bumped, a little dusted to edges, still very good. Ref: 53334
[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
Beal, Jane: John Trevisa and the English Polychronicon. Tempe: Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2013. 8vo., pp. 172. Hardback: laminated boards. New: unopened in publisher's shrink-wrap. Ref: 53412
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..
Bellamy, J.G.: The Law of Treason in England in the Later Middle Ages. Cambridge University Press, 1970. 8vo., pp. xviii, 266. Cloth, gilt-lettered, edges dusted. Illegible ownership inscription in pencil to ffep. Cambridge Studies in English Legal History. Ref: 50837
Beneš, Carrie E.: Urban Legends: Civic Identity and the Classical Past in Northern Italy, 1250–1350. University Park, PA: Penn State University Press, 2011. 8vo., pp. 296. 22 b/w illustrations. 5 maps. Hardback. Dust-jacket. New: unopened in publisher's shrink-wrap. Ref: 53376