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Statius, Publius Papinius: (Stephens, Thomas, trans.:) An Essay Upon Statius: or, the Five First Books of Publ. Papinius Statius his Thebais. Done Into English Verse by T.S. With the Poetick History Illustrated. London: printed for Richard Royston, 1648. First edition. 8vo., pp.[xiv], 152 including portrait frontispiece. Bound without preliminary blanks. Woodcut headpieces. Small burn hole to leaf C4 affecting a couple of lettters, a few small spots and smudges. 19th-century tan polished calf, neatly rebacked with original spine retained, two black morocco and gilt labels to spine, edges sprinkled grey, some pencilled bibliographical notes to endpapers, A few scrapes to lower board, corners a little worn, but still very good. Bookplate of Christopher Rowe to front paste-down. From the library of Thomas Park (1758/9–1834), antiquary and bibliographer, with his signature to the title-page but sadly without the heavy annotation for which he was known. The first translation of Statius into English. Stephens (d.1677), headmaster of the grammar school at Bury St Edmunds, claims in the prefatory material that the translation is purely for use by his students. Indeed, it does serve to as introduction to Statius' poetry during a time 'increasingly hostile to his aesthetics as well as to his politics'. However, this claim is shown to be a little disingenuous, as Stephens' Royalist sympathies are quite apparent in his translation. He 'seems to have seen in Statius' Thebaid a poem for his times that, translated, could provide an oblique commentary on English politics and the crisis of monarchy.' (Brill's Companion to Statius, p.603) This work appears at a fraught point in the career of its publisher Richard Royston, 'staunch supporter of the church and the crown'. Imprisoned in the Fleet from July to October of 1645 for issuing an anti-parliament parody of Robert Ram's Soldier's Catechism, by 1648 he was embroiled in the controversial publication of Eikon Basilike, allegedly written by Charles I during his incarceration. 'Royston's involvement with the publication had begun earlier and by the end of 1648 he contrived to get Eikon into print, using a series of printers, and began distributing it. Although it has been suggested that he was imprisoned for publishing the King's Book, there is no evidence of this. However, in October 1649, nine months after the execution of Charles I, Royston was called before the council of state and was bound in £500 to appear 'when required, and not to print or sell any unlicensed books or pamphlets in the meantime' (CSP dom., 1649–50, 524).' (ODNB) ESTC R21944; Wing S5335   Ref: 51516  show full image..
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Statius, Publius Papinius: (Williams, R.D., ed.:) Thebaidos. Liber Decimus. Edited with a Commentary [...] Lugduni Batavorum [Leiden]: E.J. Brill, 1972. Paperback, pp. xxiv, 139, [i]. Text in Latin, introduction and commentary in English. Cream card covers, red lettering to spine and front. Pencilled code to top corner of front cover. A little shelf worn, very good. Ownership inscription of C.D.N. Costa dated 4.xii.'72 inside front cover. Includes a Life of Statius, explorations of his literary qualities and the manuscript tradition of the Thebaid, as well as the Latin text and English commentary.   Ref: 52079 
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Sternberg, Rachel Hall (ed.): Pity and Power in Ancient Athens. Cambridge University Press, 2005. 8vo., pp. xi, 356. B/w illustrations to text. Cloth, remainder mark to slightly shop-soiled edges, but otherwise fine.   Ref: 31653 
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Strabo: (Meineke, Augustus, ed.:) Strabonis Geographica. Graz: Akademische Druck, 1969. 3 vols., 8vo., pp., xv, 396; xii, 397-814; vii, 815-1238. Greek text. Grey buckram, gilt. Spines sunned. A little dusted. Very good.   Ref: 47276 
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Strauss, Barry S.: Athens After the Peloponnesian War. Class, Faction and Policy 403-386 BC. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1986. First edition. 8vo., pp. xvi, 191. Cloth, gilt-lettered, edges lightly dusted, almost fine.   Ref: 49560 
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Stückelberger, Alfred: Senecas 88. Brief über Wert und Unwert der freien Künste. Text - Überstzung - Kommentar. Heidelberg: Carl Winter, 1965. First edition. 8vo., pp. 150. Blue cloth, gilt titles to spine and upper board, top edge slightly dusted, light shelf wear, very good. Ownership inscription of C.D.N. Costa in pen to front paste-down. Small blue ink stamp of 'J.H. Waszink' to ffep. One or two pencil annotations, not obstructing text.   Ref: 51032 
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Suetonius Tranquillus, Gaius: (Roth, Karl Ludwig, ed.:) Quae Supersunt Omnia. Lipsiae [Leipzig]: G. Teubner, 1904. 8vo., pp. civ, 357, [i]. The main part of the text is interleaved with plain notepaper, a few pages of which have annotations as well as some of the text. Roughly contemporary brown cloth, black and gilt label to spine, printed patterned endpapers. Spine darkened, scrape to title label, small split to cloth at head of upper joint, a few marks to boards, very good. Small round paper label, '527/5' to upper board; inked ownership inscription of C.D.N. Costa dated vi. ii. '63 and small bookbinders label of Goodall & Suddick Ltd. of Leeds, both to front paste-down; pencilled ownership inscription of A. Woodward dated 1905 to a preliminary blank, together with a few pencilled booksellers' notes.   Ref: 51961 
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Symmachus, Quintus Aurelius; St. Ambrose: Epistolarum Libri Decem. Lugd. Batavorum [Leiden]: imprimi fecit Gerhard Wingendorp, 1653. 12mo., pp. [x], 19-461, [iii] + engraved title-page featuring a portrait of the author. Several leaves unopened. Early 18th-century mottled calf, spine gilt, marbled edges. Joints a little worn, some scratches but very good. A pocket edition of Symmachus's letters, first printed in 1510 (partially; later editions tripled the number of included letters). Schweiger II, 991; Graesse V, 539; Willems 1678.   Ref: 46581 
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Takács, Sarlota A.: The Construction of Authority in Ancient Rome and Byzantium. The Rhetoric of Empire. Cambridge University Press, 2009. First edition. 8vo., pp. xxiii, 167. Faux-leather boards, gilt-lettered, felt-tip remainder mark to edge, barcode sticker to lower board, otherwise as new.   Ref: 49065 
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Terence: Comoediae Sex. Ad Fidem Editionis Westerhovianae. Londini: J. Rodwell et al, 1815. 12mo., pp. [ii], iv, 286. A little light foxing. Tan calf, spine gilt, marbled edges. Spine darkened, upper hinge weakened, corners a bit worn but still very good overall. Ownership inscription of Joseph Cox of Magdalen College, Oxford dated 1819.   Ref: 51180 
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