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Burton, William: A Commentary on Antoninus his Itinerary, or Journies of the Romane Empire, so far as it Concerneth Britain [...] London: printed by Tho. Roycroft (for) Henry Twyford, and T. Twyford, 1658. Small folio (285 x 190mm), pp. [xx], 266, [vi] + 2 plates: portrait frontispiece (by Hollar) and double-page map. Lacking single-leaf 'Preface to the Reader' (but see below). Title-page in red and black, woodcut initials, illustrations in the text, errata to final leaf verso. Small burn-hole to pp.33-4 just touching a few letters, pp. 141-2 creased during binding, very occasional spotting and a few slight smudges, front and rear blanks darkened at edges. Contemporary calf, gilt-ruled panels with various mottled effects, all edges gilt, rebacked with dark brown morocco, original spine label retained. Spine rubbed, a few chips, inner hinges relined with tape, marbled front pastedown but no marbled flyleaf. Armorial bookplate of Robert N. Pemberton and bookplate of T.H. Ellison to front pastedown. Underneath the Pemberton plate a piece of paper crossed through in ink, possibly patching a removed third bookplate. Latin annotation in an old hand to preliminary blank. ESTC calls for 22 pages of preliminaries but a number of copies, including those in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle and others in libraries and sale records, have only 20 pages, being without the single-leaf 'Preface to the Reader'. This leaf, a singleton signed 'a', may have been more frequently omitted because the 'Catalogue of Authors' which would follow it is also signed 'a'. William Burton (1609-1657) is sometimes confused with another of the same name, the younger brother of Robert Burton and author of 'The Description of Leicestershire', but this Burton was more adept at philology. He died of palsy shortly before the completion of this work. ESTC R6432; Wing B6185   Ref: 49120 
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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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Catullus, Gaius Valerius; Tibullus, Albius; Propertius, Sextus: Opera ad optimorum Exemplarium fidem recensita. Accesserunt Variae Lectiones, Quae in Libris Mss. & Eruditorum Commentariis notatu digniores occurrunt. Cantabrigiae [Cambridge]: typis academicis, impensis Jacobi Tonson bibliopolæ Londin, 1702. 4to., pp.[iv], 472, 489-496, 481-520 + additional engraved title-page. Text and register are continuous despite the pagination. Engraved head- and tail-pieces. A few light inkspots and smudges, sporadic patches of light foxing, toning to a few leaves, occasional offsetting, e.g. p.283. Contemporary dark brown speckled calf boards neatly rebacked, new spine gilt with raised bands and red morocco gilt label, plain border and frame with corner-pieces to each board, corners neatly repaired, edges sprinkled red. Edges worn, a few chips and scrapes, endpapers toned at edges and a little foxed. A very good copy overall. To front paste-down, two inscriptions: 'T. Balston from A.H.S., Jan 1924'; and J.W. Eason dated 1937. The first edition of Catullus printed in England, at the new press in Cambridge (established under Richard Bentley in the final years of the 17th century). Previously English scholars had been required to import texts from Europe for access to these lyric poets. The editor was the politician Arthur Annesley, who wrapped up a brilliant undergraduate career in Cambridge in 1699 and shortly afterward was elected to a fellowship and as MP for the university. Called 'a splendid and accurate edition' by Dibdin, and 'an elegant and very correct edition' by Moss, who also observes that it is, 'executed in a fine bold character, and forms part of Tonson's 4to. collection.' ESTC T101568; Dibdin I (4th edn.) 377; Moss 262; Schweiger II, 82   Ref: 52289 
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Catullus, Gaius Valerius; Tibullus, Albius; Propertius, Sextus: Opera. Birminghamiae [Birmingham]: Baskerville, 1772. 'Writing Royal' 4to., pp. [ii], 200, 221-372 (as usual). Occasional scatterings of very light foxing, but generally clean. Red calf, contemporary boards with later but sympathetic gilt spine; both boards heavily gilt in the herringbone style with borders and diamond-shaped centrepieces, suggesting a Scottish binding. Marbled endpapers, cloth hinges. In rebacking the binder has employed a French joint, seemingly to correct the original structure and give a better square at the foredge; the look is a little unusual, with a deep groove at the joint, but the work is neatly and skillfully done. Some slight splits to tail-cap, a few small scrapes to upper board, corners repaired but a very good, attractive copy. A2 is a cancel, H3 a cancelland; misnumeration and other errors as usual. Also available in 12mo., this 4to. version was priced on publication at a guinea, though copies were advertised for sale at 18s. on 9th July 1773; 780 copies remained in stock in 1775. Dibdin describes this edition, based on Coustelier's 1743 production, as 'very beautiful', though 'not esteemed for accuracy'. ESTC T6260; Dibdin I (4th edn.) 377; Gaskell 44; Graesse 287; Moss 1263   Ref: 51370  show full image..
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Catullus, Gaius Valerius; Tibullus, Albius; Propertius, Sextus: Opera. Birminghamiae [Birmingham]: Johannis Baskerville, 1772. 4to. pp. [ii], 200, 221-372 (i.e. 352, due to usual pagination error). Sporadic light foxing, narrow patch of toning to gutter margin of pp.136-7 seemingly transferred from a ribbon bookmark. a few small pencilled bookseller's notes to front endpapers. 19th-century dark brown straight-grain morocco, spine heavily gilt, boards with gilt and blind tooled frame and borders, all edges gilt, green endpapers. Some surface wear to joints, lightly shelf worn, lower corner of rear board a bit bumped. A very good copy, handsomely bound. Bookplate with crest (small piece of lower corner torn away), of Henry Disbrowe of All Souls. According to Alumni Oxonienses this is likely Henry John Disbrowe of Launceston, a fellow of All Soul's College, Oxford from 1816. He became rector of Welbourne in Lincoln in 1820 and remained there until his death in 1867. To rfep recto, pencilled inscription of Thomas Thorp dated Dec. 2nd 1938. Leaves A2 and H3, often cancelled, are both found here in their original state; misnumeration and other errors as usual. Also available in 12mo., this 4to. version was priced on publication at a guinea, though copies were advertised for sale at 18s. on 9th July 1773; 780 copies remained in stock in 1775. Dibdin describes this edition, based on Coustelier's 1743 production, as 'very beautiful', though 'not esteemed for accuracy' (Dibdin I (4th edn.) 377). ESTC T6260; Gaskell 44; Graesse 287; Moss 1263   Ref: 52193 
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Catullus, Gaius Valerius; Tibullus, Albius; Propertius, Sextus; (Scaliger, Joseph, ed.): [Juvenal] Iuvenalis, Decimus Iunius; Persius Flaccus, Aulus; (Poelmann, Theodor, ed.): [Opera] Nova Editio; Castigationes; Satyrarum Liber I. Lutetiae [Paris]: apud Mamertum Patissonium, in officina Rob. Stephani; Anverpiae [Antwerp]: Christo 1577; 1577; 1565. Three works bound as one. 8vo., pp. [xvi], 274, [ii]; 252, [xvi]; 160. Separate title page to each work, each with a woodcut device, neat marginalia in an old hand plus pen trials to preliminary blank. A little toned with occasional spots and stains, top corner of title excised, slight worming to fore-edge margins through preliminaries, closed tear to p.13 of third work affecting a few words but with no loss. Contemporary dark brown calf boards rudimentarily rebacked, gilt morocco label to spine, large corner repairs to lower board. Rubbed and scuffed, joints and corners worn but a sound and interesting copy. Large armorial bookplate to front paste-down, the shield bearing eight different arms plus a ninth inescutcheon. Most, if not all, of the arms appear to be French. The arms of Louis I, Duke of Orléans, and his wife Valentina Visconti appear in the upper corner. Red ownership stamp of Nicholas Lane to f.f.e.p.. Very faint, illegible name at head of ffep. A French note in an old hand opposite the title-page records the purchase of the book but is largely illegible. Further MS, possibly a name to title-page The first two volumes, Catullus, Tibullus & Propertius joined as usual by Scaliger's Castigationes, are here found with Plantin's edition of Juvenal. Schweiger II, 79 (Catullus et al); Dibdin II 4th edn., 153 (Juvenal)   Ref: 50257 
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Chrysostom, John, Saint: (Hoeschel, David, ed.:) De Sacerdotio libri vi. Graeci & Latine. [Bound with:] Contra Iudaeos Homiliae vi. Augustae V. [Augsburg: ] E typographeo M. Mangeri; Joannis Praetorij. 1599; 1602. 2 works bound as 1, the second the Editio Princeps of the Greek text. 8vo., pp. [xvi], 215, [ii], 216-539, [i]; [xvi], 256, [ii], 257-542 (i.e. 541), [iii]. Some light dampstaining at the beginning of first work, a little minor spotting elsewhere. Contemporary vellum, long edges overlapping, spine titled in ink, hinges cracking but strong, a little dustsoiled. Two attractive editions by David Hoeschel (1556-1617), librarian at Augsburg; the second is the Editio Princeps of the Greek text of Chrysostom's sermons against the Jews. Both works are accompanied by Latin translations, the first by that of Ceratinus and Brixius, and the second by Hoeschel's own.   Ref: 39528 
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Cicero, Marcus Tullius: (Cockman, Thomas, trans:) Tully's Offices. In English. London: printed by T. Wood, for Owen Lloyd and J. Bateman, 1722. 4th edition, corrected. 12mo., pp. [ii], viii, 265, [xxv]. Title-page in red and black, a few woodcut initials and head- and tail-pieces. Pencilled manicules to margins. Small stain to top fore-edge corner of ffep and following 5 leaves. Contemporary brown Cambridge-style panelled calf, raised bands, red gilt title label to spine, edges lightly sprinkled red. Endcaps rubbed, joints worn but firm, corners fraying a little, very good. Faint remains of a signature to top corner of title-page, the removal of which has possibly caused the stain mentioned earlier. Originally appearing in 1619, this translation had passed through 10 editions by 1792. It was still in print as late as 1819. Cockman writes in his Preface that he has 'made some use of Sir R. L'Estrange's English, and especially Mr du B.'s French translation.' ESTC T145003; Lowndes II 460   Ref: 52029 
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Cicero, Marcus Tullius; (Gruter, Jan; Gulielmus, Jan, eds.:) Opera Omnia Quae Exstant, ex sola fere` codd mss. fide emendata studio atq[ue] industria Jani Gulielmii & Jani Gruteri additis notis & indd: accuratiss: confectis. Hamburgi [Hamburg]: Ex bibliopolio Frobeniano, 1618. 4 vols. in 2. Folio bound in 8s, pp. [xx], 34, [ii], 255, [i], 590; 417, [i], 461, [i]. Engraved title-page with vignette; woodcut initials, head- and tail-pieces. Printed on notoriously poor paper, hence toning and foxing of varying severity. To first vol., a closed tear to 2G6 affecting a few letters; second vol. title-page detached but wholly present, gathering 2Z misbound. Occasional light dampstaining; some spots of wax and ink, closed marginal tears and tiny instances of worming. Contemporary speckled calf, raised bands, gilt spines, edges sprinkled red. Much rubbed and scuffed, endcaps rubbed with loss to first vol., corners worn, turn-ins peeling, endpapers rumpled. A tired copy, but of a work with an interesting scholarly history. Ownership inscriptions of Henri van der Lijndin dated 1659 to each title-page. A fifth volume followed in 1619. 'This edition was formerly of some authority, and followed by a great number of succeeding editors; but with the disadvantage of bad paper and bad type, it unites many errors and absurdities; adopting the palpable incorrectness of MSS. in lieu of the emendations of learned men, who had restored the text of Cicero in a manner unexceptionable to every other critic but to the blind obstinacy of Gruter. Consult Ernesti's preface to his own edit. p.xlii; Harles, Introd. Lit. Rom. t.ii. 56; Bipont. Edit. xcii-iii.; and Beck's preface, p. xxxvi-vii; all of which authorities unite in bestowing a severe chastisement on Gruter.' (Dibdin) A good deal of scholarly work has been done on this edition, including attempts to explain where Gruter (1560-1627) went so wrong. His work was based on the edition of Gulielmus (Jan Wilhelms, 1555-84), whose project had been to use a large number of French and German manuscripts to compile an edition of Cicero's works based on manuscript readings only, without editorial conjectures. In the late 1980's, P.L. Schmidt identified Gulielmus's own copy of Cicero, 'containing all his collations and conjectures, a remarkable discovery.' The edition was Lambinus's (1577-8). Close examination by D.H. Berry throws light on Gruter's methods: '[it] was this copy which Gulielmius used to collate the Erfurtensis, and thus the readings he recorded need no longer be taken at second hand from Gruter, but may now be had direct from Gulielmius himself. The authorities at Leiden have with great generosity supplied me with photographs of the relevant pages of Lambinus' edition, with the result that I have been able to compare against one another Gulielmius' collation, Gruter's version of it and the readings given by Zinzerling. This examination has revealed various deficiencies in Gruter's reports which have, naturally, permeated all subsequent editions. In particular, Gruter recorded only a selection of the reports noted by Gulielmius, while his manner of recording has been found to have been imprecise and consequently misleading: where Gulielmius reported only one word from E, Gruter's method was to cite the whole clause without indicating which word had occurred in E and which had simply been taken from the deteriores on which his edition was predominantly based.' (The Classical Quarterly, Vol. 39, No. 2 (1989), pp. 400-407). Dibdin I (4th edn.) 400   Ref: 49893 
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[Claudian] Claudianus, Claudius: (Burman, Pieter II; Heinsius, Niklaas, eds.:) Opera, quae exstant, omnia ad membranarum veterum fidem castigata [...] Amstelaedami [Amsterdam], ex officina Schouteniana, 1760. First edition thus. 4to, pp. [xiv], xxxii, [ii], 31, [v], 600, (without loss) 609-1112 (mispaginated as usual). Large paper copy, with some leaves deckled at bottom edge. Title in red and black with woodcut device, woodcut head- and tail-pieces and initials. Occasional very light foxing, some leaves with a faint line of toning across head margin and a few others unopened at head, short closed tear (seemingly the result of a paper flaw) to leaf 5R2 affecting text but not legibility. Late 18th- or early 19th-century crimson straight-grain morocco, gilt title to spine, a.e.g., ornate dentelles, green leather joints, marbled endpapers, pale blue ribbon bookmark bound in. Spine a little faded and rubbed, a few light marks, endcaps and bottom edges beginning to wear, a very good copy handsomely bound. Small gilt oval crest of Archibald Acheson, 3rd Earl of Gosford (1806-1864) to front paste-down. Round Jesuit Society inkstamp (Milltown Park, Dublin) to title-page. First edition of Pieter Burman's (1714-1778) edition of Claudian, with commentary by his uncle, Pieter Burman I, and previously unprinted notes by the neo-latin poet and classical verse scholar Niklaas Heinsius (1620-1681). Claudian of Alexandria (b. c. AD 360) was court poet under the emperor Honorius and his minister Stilicho. "In diction and technique he is the equal of Lucan and Statius, in hyperbole he perhaps outdoes them" (OCD). His poetry is also a valuable historical source. Dibdin writes that this is 'unquestionably a very superior edition, and it contains a greater fund of critical illustration than the preceding by Gesner.' Dibdin I (4th edn.) 472   Ref: 51703 
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