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Barnes, Timothy D.: Ammianus Marcellinus and the Representation of Historical Reality. Ithaca, New York: Cornell University Press, 1998. First edition. 8vo., pp. xviii, 290. Cloth, black title to spine, near fine. Dust-jacket, shelf wear, very good. Averil Cameron's notes loosely inserted.   Ref: 51903 
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Bellori, Giovanni Pietro: Veterum Illustrium Philosophorum Poetarum Rhetorum et Oratorum Imagines Ex vetustis Nummis, Gemmis, Hermis, Marmoribus aliisque Antiquis Monumentis desumptæ. Romæ [Rome]: Apud Io. Iacobum de Rubeis ad templum S. Mariæ de Pace suis sumptibus, & cura, cum priu 1685. First edition, three parts in one. Folio, pp.[x], [ii], 20, [ii], 16, [ii], 15, [i] + frontispiece (bound after the title-page in this copy), 92 numbered plates plus portrait Asclepiades of Prusa (a.k.a. Asclepiades of Bithynia) at rear, which is missing in most copies. Separate engraved title-page to each part, some woodcut initials. A little light foxing mostly affecting text, faint stain to plate 70. Contemporary vellum, title nicely inked to spine in an old hand, edges coloured yellow. Vellum darkened and a little marked, upper board bowing slightly, remains of a small paper label to upper board, corners and endcaps a little worn. Blindstamp of Neatham Mill Library to rear free endpaper. A few pencilled booksellers notes to (slightly grubby) ffep. Bellori (c.1616-1696) made his name as an antiquarian, art theorist and biographer and served from 1670 until his death as Pope Clement X's Commissioner of Antiquities of Rome. His most famous work, the essay 'The Idea of the Painter, Sculptor and Architect' is widely considered the definitive seventeenth-century statement of classical artistic theory. From 1680 onwards he worked for Queen Christine of Sweden during her exile in Rome, first of all helping her to assemble her collection of drawings and medals and then later as her librarian. Veterum Illustrium... reflects the central interest in archaeology that Bellori held towards the end of his life.   Ref: 51592 
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Bers, Victor: Greek Poetic Syntax in the Classical Age. Yale University Press, 1984. First edition. 8vo., pp. xx, 218. Green cloth, gilt-lettered, lower board a little warped. Very slight fading to spine, top edge lightly dusty, very good. No dust-jacket. Yale Classical Monographs, 5.   Ref: 52141 
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Blondel, David: (Davies, J., tr.:) A Treatise of the Sibyls, so highly celebrated, as well by the Antient Heathens, as the Holy Fathers of the Church; giving an accompt of the Names, and Number of the Sibyls, of their Qualities, the Form and Matter of their Verses; as also of the Books now Extant under their Names, and the Errours crept into Christian Religion, from the Impostures contained therein London, Printed by T[homas] R[oycroft] for the Authour, 1661. First edition thus. Small folio in 4s, pp. [iv], 293, [vii]. Some decorative intitials and head-pieces. Gutter between signatures A and B rather dusty, a few tiny scorchmarks and smudges scattered through, tip of bottom fore-edge corner torn from penultimate leaf but text unaffected. Contemporary brown sprinkled calf, raised bands, later brown gilt label to spine, blind-tooled borders and vertical line, edges lightly sprinkled red. Rubbed, joints cracking but binding holding firm, fairly deep horizontal scratch to upper board, a few small repairs to corners and edges, very good. Signature of 'Robe. Michell' in an old hand to head of p.1, small MS note and a little underlining to p.92. First English edition of this historical attack on the Sibylline Oracles, Judeo-Christian forgeries of ancient pagan prophesies which were traditionally seen in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance to foretell the coming of Christ. The Protestant clergyman and historian David Blondel (1591-1655) published this work in French, in 1649, and in the following year succeeded G.J. Vossius in the chair of history at the University of Amsterdam. Wing B 3220. ESTC R38842   Ref: 51140 
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Boissier, Gaston: La Religion Romaine. D'Auguste aux Antonins. Paris: Librairie Hachette et Cie., 1906. 2 vols. in 1. Small 8vo., pp. xiv, 403; 413. Cream cloth, gilt-lettered and decorated, spine label, spine browned, boards grubby, slight shelf wear to edges, endcaps and corners, edges dusted, top edge gilted, foxing to free end-papers, still very good. Gilt-embossed stamp 'Schola Civitatis Londinensis' (City of London School) to upper board.   Ref: 48781 
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Bonner, Robert J.: Aspects of Athenian Democracy. London: Cambridge University Press, 1933. First edition. Cloth, gilt-lettered, a few small marks to spine by headcap, corners and headcaps bumped, edges dusted, very good. 'Ex Libris' bookplate of Allen Brown West to front paste-down, ownership inscription to 'J. L. Caskey, March 1939' to f.f.e.p.   Ref: 48801 
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[Brindley Classics] Nepos, Cornelius: Excellentium Imperatorum Vitae. London: J. Brindley, 1744. 12mo., pp. [xiv], 118, [x], title-page with engraved publisher's device. Woodcut tail-pieces, publisher's advertisement to final leaf. Sporadic foxing especially to endpapers. Contemporary dark terracotta morocco, gilt spine and borders with corner-pieces, a.e.g., marbled endpapers. Some loss to headcap, joints worn but holding firm, corners a bit rubbed but still very good overall. A mostly-erased pencil inscription to a preliminary blank, the name illegible but with Edinburgh and the date 23rd Oct. 1839 just visible. Typically attractive small-format edition of Cornelius Nepos from the press of John Brindley, who produced a long run of Latin authors in the same format. Brindley was bookseller to the Prince of Wales and was authorised to carry his insignia, which appears on the title-page.   Ref: 52203 
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Bryer, A.A.M. and Georghallides, G.S. (eds.:) The Sweet Land of Cyprus. Papers Given at the Twenty-Fifth Jubilee Spring Symposium of Byzantine Studies, Birmingham, March 1991. Nicosia: The University of Birmingham Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies & The C 1993. Folio (280 x 195mm), pp. xvi, 454. Many illustrations in the text. Bright and clean within. Beige cloth, black title to spine. Spine lettering a little rubbed, corners of upper board a little bumped. Dust-jacket a bit shelf worn, creased at edges, small hole to lower fore-edge. Very good overall. Small inkstamp to ffep.   Ref: 52098 
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Caesar, Gaius Julius: (Montanus, Arnoldus; Scaliger, Joseph Juste, eds,:) [Opera] Quae Extant, Cum selectis variorum commentariis, quorum plerique novi, opera et studio Arnoldi Montani. Accedunt Notitia Galliae et notae auctiores ex autographo Iosephi Scaligeri. Amstelodami [Amsterdam]: ex officina Elzeviriana, 1661. 8vo., pp. [xvi], 918, [xxxii] + folding map. Includes engraved allegorical title-page and 4 further full-page engravings. Woodcut initials and head- and tail-pieces. Sporadic light dampstaining near fore- and tail-edges, short closed tear to head of N4 affecting a couple of letters. Contemporary dark brown calf, raised bands, short gilt title to spine, boards with blind-tooled double filet borders and small corner tools, edges lightly sprinkled reddish brown. Paste-downs lifted, revealing printed binder's waste. Slight vertical crease to spine, joints a little worn with the upper just starting to crack at each end, lower board bumped at corners with a little surface loss. Overall, very good indeed. To ffep, pencilled inscription V.J.A. Flynn, Wells dated 27 7 1963. At head of leaf *2r, ownership inscription of J. Campbell in an old hand. 'Volume bien exécuté, mais que l'on ne recherche plus guere. Daniel Elzevir a réimprimé ligne pour ligne en 1670' (Willems). Montanus (c.16251683) (the name being a Latinised form of van den Berg or van Bergen) studied theology at Leiden University and later became headmaster of the Latin School at Schoonhoven. Willems 1266   Ref: 52225 
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[Calverley, Charles Stuart]: Verses and Translations. Cambridge; London: Deighton, Bell, and Co.; Bell & Daldry, 1862. First edition. 8vo., pp. vi, 203, [i]. Occasional light foxing mostly affecting first few leaves. Contemporary dark red cloth, gilt title to spine, top edge a bit dusty. Spine cocked, a bit rubbed, endcaps beginning to fray, cloth lifting slightly from centre of upper board. Still a good copy Ownership inscription of Geo. P. Howes. Pemb. Coll., August 1862 to half-title. Obituary of the author pasted to front paste-down. To the title-page, beneath the line 'by C.S.C.', Howes has added 'C.S. Calverley, M.A., Fellow of Christi Coll. Cambridge.' A collection of original verses, and translations from Horace, Virgil, Theocritus, Lucretius and Homer. Charles Stuart Calverley (formerly Blayds) (18311884)was famous during his time as a pupil at Harrow School for his athleticism and his incredible ability to memorise books of the Iliad at short notice. His talent for writing Latin verse was apparent at an early age and won him a scholarship to Balliol College, Oxford, in 1850. 'There he won the chancellor's prize in 1851 for a Latin poem, which confirmed his high academic standing. However, he was sent down in January 1852 for disciplinary offences involving excessive drunkenness and the illicit keeping of dogs in his rooms. In the following October he entered Christ's College, Cambridge, having changed his name from Blayds to Calverley to evade the disgrace following him from Oxford. He won the Craven scholarship in 1854, the Camden medal in 1853 and 1855, the Browne medal (Greek ode) in 1855, and the members' prize for a Latin essay in 1856, graduating second class in the classical tripos that year. Two years later he was elected a fellow of Christ's. His academic success was the more remarkable because his inherent laziness and love of socializing prevented him from studying regularly. His friends had to drag him out of bed by force, or lock him in his rooms to ensure that he concentrated on his work. He made friends with many prominent members of his college, including professors John Robert Seeley, Walter William Skeat, and John Hales, Walter Besant, and Dr Robert Liveing. His parodies and other humorous verses were well known among fellow students by the time of the publication of Verses and Translations in 1862. This collection of gently parodic poems concentrated upon a comfortable and leisured upper-middle-class world and became extremely popular. In 1894 a fourteenth edition was published, and the book was issued as a Pocket Book Classic twenty years after his death. The Athenaeum wished that 'some of our prolific small poets would write as good poetry in earnest as Mr Calverley does in play'.' (ODNB)   Ref: 52032 
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