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Dale, Samuel: The History and Antiquities of Harwich and Dovercourt. Topographical, Dynastical and Political. London: printed for C. Davis, 1730. First edition. 4to. pp. [4], [xxiv], 464 + 14 plates (some folding). Small ink mark to title touching two words, light waterstaining at upper and lower gutter, a bit heavier to first and last couple of gatherings, edges dusty, occasional mainly marginal foxing, last two leaves a bit spotted. Contemporary polished English calf, sympathetic modern reback, spine gilt-lettered, boards and extremities rubbed. Book plate of Henry Miller dated 1885; autographs Elizth G. Mason, H.P. Bowen 1861 and Buntwood(?) to ffep; partly erased library stamp with English note on withdrawal and sale in 1962 to verso of title and p.101; later pencilled marginalia to a few leaves. The scarce first edition of this beautifully illustrated history of the antiquities and natural landscape of Harwich and Dovercourt, in Essex. Based on the unpublished historical work of the antiquary and state official Silas Taylor (1624-78), it was enlarged and revised with a very long appendix by the physician Samuel Dale (1659?–1739), who focused on the natural history of the district. Thanks to his experience as apothecary, he had a thorough knowledge of plants and his annotations elaborate on Taylor's mentions of local landscape - for instance, he discussed plants that inhabited a local cliff, adding references to other botanic works. Additional sections are devoted to fish and fossils, both - like the notes on plants - superbly illustrated with engraved specimens. ESTC T134050; Brunet 13544; Haller, Bib. botanica, 14. ESTC locates only 1 copy in the US.   Ref: 51728  show full image..
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De Beka, Johannes & Heda, Wilhelmus De Episcopis Ultraiectinis, recogniti et notis historicis, recogniti et notis historicis illustrati ab Arn. Buchelio Batavo I.C. Utraiecti [Utrecht]: ex officina Ioannis a Doorn, 1642-43 First edition. Folio. 3 parts in 1. pp. [10], 191, [14], [1] + engraved frontispiece and double-page engraved map of Utrecht; pp. [4], 331, [1], 12, [32]; pp. [8], 180, [36], with occasional text engravings of ancient coins, or woodcuts of seals, woodcut initials. Edges dusty, very slight toning, small paper flaw to lower blank margin of [*]9, small tear to lower blank margin of K5. Contemporary polished vellum, title inked to spine, dust-soiled. Modern ex-libris of I.J.G. A generally clean copy of the first edition of these famous Dutch medieval chronicles, illustrated by a handsome, double-page engraved map of the provinces. Known as the 'Heda and Beka', they were first published by Suffridus Petri in 1612. Arnoldus Buchelius (1565-1641) worked painstakingly on editing the texts anew, leaving an unfinished manuscript upon his death; his work was finalised by L. van Waveren. The first part provides Johannes de Beka's 14th-century account of the early history of the Netherlands to 1393, with appendixes by later scholars to the year 1456. The second part is Wilhelmus Heda's (d.1525) account of the history of the bishops of Utrecht, with a life of Heda himself. The third features Lambertus Hortensius's 16th-century chronicle of Utrecht, with a life of the author and the text of Pope Clement VII's confirmation of the submission of the province of Utrecht to the Emperor Charles V. Bib. Hist. Neerl. II, 106; NNBW X, cols 39-40.   Ref: 53341  show full image..
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De Bèze, Théodore; Muret, Marc-Antoine; Secundus, Joannes: Poemata; Juvenilia; Juvenilia. Lugduni Batavorum [Leiden] [i.e. Paris]: s.n. [Barbou] 1757. Small 8vo. (155 x 90mm), pp. [ii], iv, 124 + portrait frontispiece; x, 11-106 + portrait frontispiece; iv, [i], 4-156. No loss to the 3rd work, just unusual pagination, and no portrait called for. Woodcut printer's device (formerly used by the Elzevirs) to each title-page. Occasional very light foxing. Contemporary brown mottled calf, spine gilt with dark red morocco label, gilt borders and dentelles, a.e.g., marbled endpapers, pink ribbon bookmark bound in. Spine a little creased, very light wear to endcaps and corners, a very good, attractive copy. Three highlights of 16th-century Neo-Latin poetry, bound together as usual. All three title-pages bear a false imprint, 'Lugduni Batavorum'; according to Brunet this edition was actually published in Paris by Barbou, and it does indeed have the appearance of a Barbou book. The first work comprises the poems of the Calvinist theologian Théodore de Bèze (or Theodorus Beza, 1519-1605,) originally published in Paris in 1548. He is most known for his editions of the New Testament: a Latin translation and a Greek critical edition. The Juvenilia of Marc-Antoine Muret (or Marcus Antonius Muretus, 1526-1585) was first published in 1552. A Classical scholar, as well as writing poetry he lectured in schools in France and Italy and was involved with the rediscovery and interpretation of ancient texts. The final work is that of Janus Secundus Nicolai Hagiensis (1511-1536). The first publication of his works was posthumous, Secundus having died very young, and appeared in Utrecht in 1541. It was edited by his brother Marius. Secundus is primarily remembered for his love poems, often known as the 'kissing poet' for his variations on two kiss poems by Catullus. Brunet I, 239   Ref: 52284  show full image..
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De Voiture, Vincent: Les lettres de Mr de Voiture. Cologne: Jacques le Jeune, 1685. 12mo. pp. [12], 565, [11], including engraved title from 1687 Brussels edition. Woodcut initials and ornaments. Slight browning or marginal foxing, engraved title and verso of last leaf little dust-soiled. Contemporary vellum over boards. Little rubbed, few ancient stains, traces of red wax to pastedown. Scarce pirated edition -- with the false imprint 'Cologne, Jacques le Jeune, 1685', but produced in The Hague probably a few years later (see Weller, 'Die falschen und fingierten Druckarte'). It is an exact reprint of L. Marchant's Brussels edition of 1687, of which it includes the engraved title. Vincent Voiture (1597-1648) was in the service of Cardinal Richelieu and Louis XIII, and one of the earliest members of the Académie française. Whilst he never published anything in his lifetime, a collection of his letters and verse published posthumously made him fashionable among the intellectual elites. Among his correspondents were Cardinal Mazarin and the Duchess of Savoy.   Ref: 53273  show full image..
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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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Dugdale, William: A Perfect Copy of All Summons of the Nobility to the Great Councils and Parliaments of the Realm, for the XLIX of King Henry the IIId. Until these present Times. London: Printed by S.R. for Robert Clavell, 1685. First edition, first issue(?). pp. [12], 580, [26], lacking last blank as usual. Title a little dusty, slight toning, occasional marginal spotting. 19th-century polished calf, elaborately gilt to a border of fleurons and interlacing circles, and a centre panel surrounded by double gilt ruled border, with large gilt fleurons to corners, inner edges gilt, doublures with gilt green paper, raised bands, spine gilt ruled and lettered, corners and edges a bit rubbed, a little light staning to spine. One of 700 copies of the last work by the antiquarian and herald William Dugdale (1605-86). It is a collection of lists including the names of all aristocrats summoned to Parliament sessions from the reign of Henry III to Dugdale's own times, 'extracted from those Memorials which are on record'. Dugdale even 'normalised' several entries due to the fact that clerks particularly at the time of Henry VIII had often been guilty of 'sundry errors' or 'inadvertency'. Each section is prefaced by the royal summon document styled for that specific parliamentary session. Interestingly, the last leaf of the preliminaries features a printer's advertisement: '"Introductio ad Latinam Blasoniam", Latin and English. A Work befitting all Gentlemen, lovers of Armory and the Latin tongue. By J. Gibbon an Officer at Arms. Sold by Robert Clavell.' Wing D2491; ESTC R228678. ESTC locates only 5 copies in the US.   Ref: 53549  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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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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