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[Drainage] The Laws of Sewers; or the Office and Authority of Commissioners of Sewers. Containing, I. Their Power of Enquiry into Annoyances and Defects of Repairs of Sea-Banks and Walls, publick Streams and Rivers, Ditches and Marsh-Grounds. II. The Authority of the Commissioners [London] In the Savoy: Printed by E. and R. Nutt, and R. Gosling, (Assigns of Edw. Sayer, Esq.) for 1726. First edition. 8vo. [8], 199pp., [1]. Ink splash to F5-F8, small paper flaw to lower outer blank corner of N and outer edge of B, minor tear with no loss to upper blank margin of N8, occasional very slight marginal spotting. Contemporary polished calf, double blind ruled, gilt-lettered morocco label to spine. Rebacked. First edition of the first comprehensive reference work on the English laws on sewers, encompassing sea banks, public streams and rivers, ditches and marsh grounds, and the authority of the Commissioners of Sewers as established by the Commissions of Sewers Act 1708. With a final section ( 64pp.) on ordinances relating to Romney Marsh and others marshes and fens. ESTC T130363; Goldsmiths 6437.   Ref: 53089  show full image..
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[Einhard] Eginhartus: (Besselius, Joh. Friedericus; Bolland, Johannes; Goldast, Melchior; Schmincke, Johann Hermann, eds.:) De Vita et Gestis Caroli Magni, Cum Commentario Joh. Friederici Besselii et notis Johannis Bollandi. Traiecti ad Rhenum [Utrecht]: Guilielmi Vande Water, 1711. 4to., pp. [xlii], 248, [18] + 2 folding plates: one engraved, the other a table. Title page in red and black, woodcut printer's device and initials. Title mounted and a bit creased, with very small worm trail, very small browning, edges a bit dusty. Half polished calf over marbled boards, spine gilt with gilt-lettered morocco label. Rubbed. Einhard's (775-840) ground-breaking history of Charlemagne, written in the ninth century - the first biography of a European king. Einhard was employed at court, and put in charge of several construction projects, including the palace at Aachen. In 'De Vita', he provided a celebratory account of Charlemagne's military, political and cultural achievement, with unusual insights into his life and habits. The engraved plate in this edition portrays several coins from his reign and a handsome portrait of the king sitting in majesty. "[...] almost all our real, vivifying knowledge of Charles the Great is derived from Einhard, [...] the Vita Karoli Magni is one of the most precious literary bequests of the early Middle Ages." (Thomas Hodgkin in his Life of Charles the Great (London, 1897).)   Ref: 53352  show full image..
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Ennius, Quintus: (Hessel, Franz): Fragmenta, quae supersunt ab Hieron. Columna conquisita disposita et explicata ad Joannem filium. Nunc ad editionem Neapolitanam MDXC. recusa / accurante Francisco Hesselio [...] accedunt praeter eruditorum virorum emendationes undique conquisitas; M.A. Delrii Amstelaedami [Amsterdam]: ex officina Wetsteniana, 1707. Small 4to. (210 x 165mm), pp. [xxviii], 32, 454 [i.e., 450], [ii], including engraved additional title page, leaves 3G3-3G4 cancelled. Title page in red and black, with printer's device. Upper edge dust-soiled, engraved title a bit thumbed, ink marks to a2, tiny paper flaw to outer blank margin of 2C, intermittent slight browning. Contemporary vellum, title inked to spine, gilt arms of the Society of Writers to the Signets to boards. Upper edge and spine dust-soiled. Modern casemark label to front pastedown; 18th-century ownership inscription and casemark to ffep. A reissue of the 1590 Colonna (1534-1586) text as it had been printed by Merula in 1595, though without his glosses, to which the editor has added the notes of Delrio, Vassius and others. The 'Annales' are 'a narrative poem [...] on the history of the Roman people from the loss of Troy to the seizure of Ambracia' (OCD) which survives only in fragments, having been much quoted in the ancient period. Merula's edition was both important and infamous since he added to the other fragments for the first time eleven taken from Servius, and also fifteen from sources known only to him, which, in 1852, were proven by a scholar to be fraudulent. Schweiger 343; Brunet II 986; Ebert 6732.   Ref: 53354  show full image..
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Epictetus: (Upton, J., ed.:) [Enchiridion] To tou Epiktetou Encheiridion. Glasguae [Glasgow]: Robertus et Andreas Foulis, 1751. Miniature 32mo. (80 x 45mm approx.). pp. 95, [i]. Text in Greek. Very occasional light spots, tiny hole to F2 affecting signature but not text. Contemporary dark brown calf, spine with raised bands and gilt bird motif to each compartment, neatly rebacked and label replaced, ffep renewed but other endpapers original. A bit rubbed, some light scrapes and scratched but a very good, attractive copy. Engraved bookplate of The Minister's Library, Stand Parsonage covering most of front paste-down. This is likely Stand Parsonage, Whitefield, Manchester. 'An early edition of Foulis' famous little volume' (Speilmann), printed in the same 8-point Greek type as their Anacreon of 1754. Issued again by Foulis in 1765, but with a different setting. ESTC T138728; Bondy p.24; Gaskell 190; Spielmann 9   Ref: 52304  show full image..
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[Euclid] Simson, Robert: The Elements of Euclid, viz. the first six books, together with the eleventh and twelfth. Edinburgh: printed for E. Wingrove, London, and E. Balfour, Edinburgh, 1799. 8vo. pp. [vii] [1] 9-520 + 3 folding plates. Intermittent light water stain to lower or outer blank margin, slight spotting to title and verso of last, endpapers adhering a little at gutter of title and last. Contemporary sheep, rebacked, spine blind tooled. A little loss to lower board, recornered. The tenth edition of Simson's fundamental English edition of Euclid. 'No man seems to have done more towards the restoration of Euclid's genuine works than Dr Simson of Glasgow' (Bruggermann 197-200). Appended to the traditional content - Euclid's books 1-6, 11 and 12, and 'Euclid's Data' - is here also, for the first time, 'Elements of Plain and Spherical Trigonometry', illustrated with three folding plates. ESTC N9135. Not in Dibdin or Brunet.   Ref: 53278  show full image..
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Euripides: (Valckenaer, Lodewijk Caspar, ed.:) Tragoedia Phoenissae. Interpretationem addidit H. Grotii; Graeca castigavit e MStis [...] Lugduni Batavorum [Leiden]: apud Samuelem et Joannem Luchtmans, 1802. 4to., pp. [iv], xxiii, [i], 452, 196. Stub from excised presentation certificate. Lightly toned towards top edge, foxing from p.125 of the second register onwards corresponding to a slightly lower quality paper stock for the final gatherings. Vellum prize binding, raised bands, gilt spine, borders, frame and central coat-of-arms of Amsterdam, edges sprinkled red and blue. Darkened, a bit grubby, ties lost, endpapers lifting but revealing interesting binding structure beneath. A very good copy overall. Reprinted from Valckenaer's "masterly work on Euripides" (Sandys), first printed by Brouwer at Franeker in 1755. Containing the version of Grotius and including the first printing of parts of the Scholia, "enriched by every thing which can render it most acceptable to a critical student", this reprint has been "improved and enlarged" to be "deserving of strong recommendation" (Dibdin). Dibdin (4th edn.) I 545. Schweiger I 119. Graesse II 523. Brunet II 1106.   Ref: 50323  show full image..
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Euripides; (Canter, Willem, ed.): Tragoediae XIX: in quibus praeter infinita menda sublata, carminum omnium ratio hactenus ignorata nunc primum proditur. Antverpiae [Antwerp]: ex officina Christophori Plantini, 1571 1 work in 2 vols. 16mo. pp. [xxxii], 444 (*3 is a cancel, last two blank); 809, [xxiii] (wanting last 16pp. in gathering Gg with appendix 'Euripidis sententiae aliquot insigniores'), mostly Greek text. Slight browning in a few places, light water stain to first and last gathering of both vols, few slightly later annotations mostly smudged. 18th-century crushed crimson morocco, Reymund decoratd endpapers (Augsburg), double gilt ruled with floral border, inner edges gilt, spine gilt, gilt-lettered morocco label, a.e.g. Joints somewhat rubbed. Slightly later annotations in Greek and Latin to title, last and another few leaves. Beautifully bound, with decorated endpapers by the Reymunds of Augsburg. Edited by Willem Canter (1542-75), a classicist from Utrecht, this was the first Plantin edition of Euripides - printed in an elegant Greek typeface - and the first edition of this author with a critical consideration of his use of metrics. 'Handsome and difficult to find in good condition' (Brunet II, 1096). Ruelens & Backer, Annales Plantiniennes, 110:12; Brunet II, 1096.   Ref: 53274  show full image..
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Eutropius: Breviarum Historiae Romanae. Accedunt Selectae lectiones dilucidando Auctori appositae. Parisiis [Paris]: Typis Josephi Barbou. 1754. 12mo., pp. [ii], xxviii, 221, [i]. Additional engraved frontispiece, engraved head- and tailpieces. Frontispiece and title a bit dusty, minimal foxing, margins of two leaves lightly waterstained, traces of small pasted paper slip on verso of last leaf. Contemporary crimson morocco, triple gilt ruled, spine triple gilt ruled, large gilt fleurons, gilt-lettered morocco label, small worm hole at foot, inner edges gilt, a.e.g. Joints expertly repaired, boards lightly rubbed. 18th century armorial bookplate of Louis des Champes des Tournelles to front pastedown, book label of Alfred Neild to ffep, bookplate of Robert J. Hayhurst to flyleaf. An attractively-printed pocket edition of the abridged Roman history written by the 4th century historian Eutropius. This copy belonged to Louis des Champes des Tournelles (1744-95), a staunch Jacobin appointed French Minister of Finance in 1793. After Robespierre's abolition of ministries, he was imprisoned for defending too ardently his brother, later executed on the guillotine. Louis died of poisoning in 1795. Brunet II 1116.   Ref: 53163  show full image..
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Florus, Lucius Annaeus L. Annaeus Florus. CL. Salmasius, addidit Lucium Ampelium, & cod. M.S. nunquam antehac editum. Lugd. Batav. [Leiden]: Apud Elzeviros, 1638. 12mo. pp. [viii], 290, [ii], [293-] 336, [xvi]. Engraved title, woodcut head- and tailpieces. Light red ink stain to upper outer blank corner of title and first two leaves, few leaves a trifle foxed. Near contemporary full calf, double gilt ruled, gilt fleurons to corners, spine gilt with fleurons and stars, gilt-lettered morocco label, inner edges gilt, a.e.g. Joints a bit cracked, lower with small worm hole. Bookplate of Faulque de Jonchieres to front pastedown, occasional annotations. Handsomely-bound copy of the better edition of the two printed by the Elzevirs in 1638. 'The preference is given to those copies where the two vignettes (one at the head of the dedicatory epistle, the other at that of the text of Florus) are different' (Dibdin II, 10). 'La plus jolie' (Willems 467), with the first headpiece in the shape of a mermaid. This copy belonged to Faulque de Jonquières (d.1873), librarian of the Ministère de la Marine. Dibdin II, 10; Willems 467.   Ref: 53175  show full image..
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Froissart, Jean; De Commines, Philippe: Frossardus et Cominaeus Duo nobilissimi Gallicarum rerum scriptores. (I) Frossardi [...] Historiarum opus. (II) Philippus Cominaeus De rebus gestis a Ludovico & Carolo VIII. Amsterdami [Amsterdam]: Apud Ioan. et Corn. Blaeu, 1640. 12mo. 2 works in 1. pp. 203, [i]; [ii], [207-] 670, [xlviii]. General engraved title, separate titles for each work. Small marginal ink burn on p.589, pp. 209-12 misbound, ink mark to title. Contemporary English calf, triple blind ruled, spine gilt to a floral design, gilt-lettered morocco label. Joints and spine a bit cracked. Bookplate of John Rolle, 1st Baron Rolle, to front pastedown, his signature and monogram WW inked to flypaper. The two most famous accounts of 15th-century French history, by Jean Froissart and Philippe de Commines, in an exquisite, remarkably preserved, contemporary English binding. This copy was in the library of John Rolle (1750-1842), 1st Baron Rolle, a British MP supporting William Pitt the Younger. His attacks against Edmund Burke and Charles James Fox made him the target of the satire "The Rolliad". Not in Brunet.   Ref: 53160  show full image..
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