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Athenagoras: [Gesner, Konrad, trans.; Fell, John, ed.:] Opera. Oxonii [Oxford]: e Theatro Sheldoniano, 1682. 12mo., pp. [vi], 281, [iii]. Parallel Greek and Latin texts. A few marginal annotations in an old hand, mostly in English. Very lightly toned, occasional spots and smudges mostly to title-page. Contemporary dark brown calf neatly rebacked, faint double-fillet border to boards, corners repaired. Boards scuffed, a little foxing to endpapers but a very good copy overall. Pencilled notes to ffep, including 'See Harwood, who pronounced this a good edition'. Full title: Tou en hagiois patros hemon Athenagorou Athenaiou philosophou zozomena [sic]. S. Patris Athenagoræ philosophi Atheniensis opera, ad Mss. fidem recognita, the first nine words being in Greek characters. Dibdin, like the previous owner, quotes Harwood's opinion of this edition as 'very good' but adds that 'the Apology was better edited by Rechenbergius in 1684'. The Greek Church father Athenagoras (c.133c. 190 AD) styles himself as 'Athenagoras, the Athenian, Philosopher, and Christian'; there is some evidence that he was a Platonist before his conversion to Christianity. ESTC R38672; Wing (2nd ed.) A4111; Dibdin I (4th ed.) 186   Ref: 51741 
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[Augustine of Hippo, Saint] Augustinus, Aurelius: De Civitate Dei. Libri XXII. Lipsiae [Leipzig]: sumptibus et typis caroli Tauchnitii, 1825. 2 vols. in 1. 8vo., pp. [ii], 430; [ii], 439, [i]. Separate title-page to each volume. Faint but profuse foxing, a few marginal dampstains. Later half tan sheep, gilt title to spine, marbled boards. Spine faded and rubbed, endpaper split at upper hinge but still sound, a good working copy. Ownership inscription of C.D.N. Costa dated 2. vi. '65 to front paste-down.   Ref: 52074 
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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: 51544 
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Aurelius Victor, Sextus: (Pitiscus, Samuel, ed.:) Historiae Romanae Breviarium, illustratum trium virorum celeberrimorum, Andrræ Schotti, Dominici Machanei, Jani Gruteri ; et feminæ præstantissimæ, Annæ Tanaquili Fabri filiæ commentariis integris [...]; De Vita et Moribus Imperatorum Romanorum [...] Trajecti ad Rhenum [Utrecht]: apud Franciscum Halmam & Guilielmum van de Water, 1696. First edition thus. 2 vols. in 1. 8vo., pp. [xliv], 434, [lxxii]; 168, [xxviii]. To first work, additional engraved title, title-page in red and black, woodcut initials and head- and tail-pieces, many illustrations in the text. Lightly toned towards edges, a few spots and smudges. Contemporary mottled calf prize binding, rebacked, armorial gilt centrepiece of Delft to both boards, remains of green ribbon ties now lost, edges sprinkled red. Reback sturdy but perhaps a little crude, edges worn, some toning to edges of endpapers but still a good copy. The first appearance of this well-regarded variorum edition. 'This is not only a rare book and elegantly printed, but it ranks among the best edited of the Variorum Classics in 8vo.' (Dibdin). The frontispiece is probably by R. de Hooghe, or his disciple Schoonebeek. Dibdin I (4th edn.) 342-3; Schweiger II, 1136.   Ref: 52052 
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Ausonius, Decimus Magnus: (Tollius, Jacob, ed.:) Opera, [...] et integris Scaligeri, Mariang. Accvrsii, Freheri, Scriverii ; selectis Vineti, Barthii, Acidalii, Gronovii, Grævii, aliorumque notis accuratissime digestis, nec non & suis animadversionibus illustravit. Amstelodami [Amsterdam]: apud Ioannem Blaeu, 1671. 8vo., pp. [xxxvi], 822, [lxxviii], including additional engraved title-page. Woodcut initials, a few illustrations in the text. Small closed tear to C8, affecting text but without loss. Occasional very light spots and smudges. Contemporary semi-limp vellum, title inked to spine, edges sprinkled red. A few light smudgy marks but unusually clean overall, pastedowns lifted with edges torn away, endpapers and preliminary blanks rumpled and a little dusty at top edge, but still very good overall. 'This scarce Variorum edition of Ausonius was preceded by one of Tollius's in 12mo. 1669, whose notes are incorporated in it. This second presents us also with everything valuable to be found in prior editions, and may justly therefore be treasured by the collector of rare books.' (Dibdin) Dibdin I (4th edn.) 346; Schweiger II, 22   Ref: 52050 
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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: 52191 
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[B.C.P.] Liturgia: seu Liber Precum Communium, et administrationis sacramentorum, aliorumque Rituum & Ceremoniarum in Ecclesia Anglicana Receptus: Itémque Forma & Modus Creandi, Ordinandi, & Consecrandi Episcopos, Presbyteros, & Diaconos. Epistolae, Evangelia, & Psalmi inseruntur juxta Sebastiani Londini: typis G. Bowyer, impensis J. J. & P. Knapton, J. & J. Bonwicke, J. Osborne & T. Longman, B. 1733. 5th edition. 12mo., unpaginated. With engraved frontispiece, woodcut head-pieces. Patchy toning especially to the first few gatherings, ffep and next two leaves dampstained at top edge, occasional spots and smudges. Contemporary Cambridge-style panelled calf, raised bands and black title label to spine. Spine creased and worn with loss to headcap, upper corners a bit worn but very good overall. To spine, remains of a paper label reading 'MN 7.305'. To front paste-down, a printed book label, 'From the Library of Dr. Melvin. Presented to Marischal College. 10th September 1856.' Inked to the foot of the label by hand, a code 'MN.7.305'. To frontispiece verso, title-page and leaf B1 a rectangular inkstamp of the University of Aberdeen Library. The frontispiece verso also has a very faint inscription, possibly the name Blakeney and a date. To the final leaf verso some MS which has been scribbled over and then mostly faded away. 'Editio quinta prioribus longè emendatior'. Bowyer's records show 2000 copies printed of 20 sheets. ESTC T140400   Ref: 52220 
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Baines, Edward: (Whatton, W.R.; Harland, John; Herford, Brooke, eds.:) The History of the County Palatine and Duchy of Lancaster. London: George Routledge and Sons; Manchester: L.C. Gent, 1868; 1870. 2 vols., folio (vol.II slightly larger), pp. xvi, 690, [ii]; xii, 729, [i] + folding colour map bound in at front of first volume. Each volume with two red letterpress-printed slips bound in at the front: to vol.I a notice concerning the second volume and an advertisement; to vol.II two advertisements). Vol.I also with final advertisement leaf dated April 1868 at rear. Illustrations, diagrams and tables in the text. A few occasional spots and light smudges. Green cloth, gilt titles to spines, armorial gilt stamp to each upper board. Vol.I rubbed, some loss to endpapers at hinges exposing the structure of the binding; vol.II very nicely rebound in the same shade of green cloth with the original gilt centrepiece retained, endpapers replaced. Seemingly a made-up set, but a very good one. To the front paste-down of the first volume, recent bookplate of Theodore G. Peyton Johnson. To the title-page of the second volume, signature of R. Bolton. 'A new, revised and improved edition'. An expansion of the author's History, Directory and Gazetteer of Lancaster (2 vols., 1824-25).   Ref: 51720 
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Banks, Iain: The Bridge. London: Macmillan, 1986. First edition, signed by the author. 8vo., pp. [x], 259, [i]. Very slightly toned towards page edges. Blue cloth, gilt title to spine, very vague crease to headcap but very good overall. Autographed to title-page. When interviewed by SFX Magazine in 1994 The Bridge was Banks' favourite of his novels, as well the one he thought to be technically the best. "Definitely the intellectual of the family, it's the one that went away to University and got a first. I think The Bridge is the best of my books."('The Books of Iain Banks - and Iain M. Banks')   Ref: 51373 
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Barber, Peter: Sievers' Law and the History of Semivowel Syllabicity in Indo-European and Ancient Greek. Oxford University Press, 2013. 8vo., pp. xv, [i], 437, [i]. Black cloth-covered boards, gilt title to spine, light dusting to edges, otherwise fine. In the Oxford Classical Monographs series.   Ref: 51363 
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