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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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[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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[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) (1831–1884)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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Canevaro, Mirko: (Harris, E.M.:) The Documents in the Attic Orators. Laws and Decrees in the Public Speeches of the Demosthenic Corpus. Oxford University Press, 2013. First edition. 8vo., pp. xviii, 389 + 5 tables. Dark blue cloth, gilt-lettered to spine.   Ref: 50280 
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Carver, Martin; Hills, Catherine & Scheschkewitz, Jonathan (eds.): Wasperton: a Roman, British and Anglo-Saxon Community in Central England. Woodbridge: Boydell Press, 2009. Large 4to. (290 x 22mm), pp. x, 372. Blue cloth, gilt title to spine, near fine. Anglo-Saxon Studies 11   Ref: 51554 
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(Cary, M. et al, eds.:) Oxford Classical Dictionary. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1950. 4to., pp. xix, [i], 971, [i]. blue cloth, gilt title to spine, without dust-jacket. Spine faded, boards a little scratched with some patchy fading, corners bumped, free endpapers toned, a good, sound copy Contemporary armorial bookplate of Alan & Patricia Lennox-Boyd. Alan Lennox-Boyd (1904-1983) was 1st Viscount Boyd of Merton, a British Conservative politician. A mostly-illegible gift inscription to the ffep dated Christmas 1952 appears to be signed 'Chips', which would indicate that the book was a gift from Lennox-Boyd's brother-in-law, Henry 'Chips' Channon (1897-1958). Channon was an American-born British Conservative politician, author, diarist and determined social climber. It is for his diaries, which have so far only been published in an expurgated edition, that he is now most remembered: the diaries 'survive for the years 1918, 1923–8, and 1934–53. Discreetly edited extracts compiled by Robert Rhodes James and published in 1967 open with Lady Diana Cooper's announcing the death of King Albert I of the Belgians (12 February 1934) and close with Channon's cocktail party for King Umberto II of Italy (18 November 1953). The intervening entries are by turns scintillating, epicene, snobbish, fatuous, self-mocking, and cliché-ridden. There are captivating descriptions of great parliamentary occasions as well as intriguing confidences about backstairs intrigues; but each page demonstrates Channon's preference for manners over principles. 'Everybody is on about Chips's diary—you can't think how vile & spiteful & silly it is,' Nancy Mitford wrote after its publication. 'One always thought Chips was rather a dear, but he was black inside how sinister!' (Love from Nancy, 465).' (ODNB) This opinion was not shared by everyone however, and there seems to be a seemingly endless supply of excellent stories about him. 'Chips was a thoughtful, shrewd, witty, and worldly gossip who loved to help people. His social radiance could be entrancing; he was resolute in promoting the interests of his friends. The earl of Drogheda found him 'an immensely kind man, with many acts of generosity to his credit': when Viscountess Castlerosse sat on a wasp, Chips sucked the sting out of her buttock. Channon wrote of himself in 1935: "I have flair, intuition, great good taste but only second rate ambition: I am far too susceptible to flattery; I hate and am uninterested in all the things most men like such as sport, business, statistics, debates, speeches, war and the weather; but I am riveted by lust, furniture, glamour and society and jewels." (Chips, ed. James, 38).' (ODNB) 1950 reprint of the March 1949 first edition.   Ref: 52082 
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Catling, R.W.V & Marchand, F., eds.; Sasanow, M., asst.: Onomatologos. Studies in Greek Personal Names, Presented to Elaine Matthews. Oxford: Oxbow Books, 2010. First edition. 4to., pp. xxxiv, 681. Laminated boards, corners bumped, edges lightly dusted, some shelf wear, very good.   Ref: 51924 
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