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Brisson, Barnabe: Hotman, Antoine and François: De Veteri Ritu Nuptiarum & Jure Connubiorum. Leiden: Hack, 1641. 12mo. pp. 566, (xxii), including engraved titlepage, woodcut initials and ornaments. Tiny worm trail to lower blank margin of first gathering, minor offsetting on last blank, verso of last blank a bit soiled. Full calf c.1800, blind ruled, raised bands, gilt-lettered morocco label. Minor repair to extremities, joints a bit cracked, later endpapers. Label of J.L. Weir to front pastedown, his autograph dated 1945 to ffep; pencilled autograph of James Fowler Kellas Johnstone to verso of engraved titlepage. Contains chapters on wedding ceremonies and on matrimonial law. French jurist and politician Barnabé Brisson's (1531-1591; latinised as Brissonius) public career included holding various positions by appointment of Charles IX and Henry III, among them the sixth president of Parlement. When the Seize took over Paris in 1589, Brisson was sufficiently diplomatic for them to also appoint him first president of the new Parlament, but before long he lost their trust and was executed in 1591. James Fowler Kellas Johnstone (1846-1928) was a specialist in bibliographies of Aberdeen and North East Scotland, and the author, with A.W. Robertson, of 'Bibliotheca Aberdonensis' (1928). J.L. Weir was probably the Scottish historian, author of 'Excerpta Scotica' (1939). Willems, 1615.   Ref: 53154 
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Brown, Sue: Joseph Severn, A Life: The Rewards of Friendship. Oxford University Press, 2009. First edition. 8vo., pp. xiv, 417 + 8 of plates. Illustrations to text. Hardback: black cloth, gilt-lettered to spine. Dust-jacket. Bottom corners bumped, otherwise a fine unread copy.   Ref: 53262 
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Burton, Janet E. (ed.): English Episcopal Acta V: York, 1070-1154. Oxford University Press for the British Academy, 1988. 8vo., pp. li, 152 + 4 plates. Red cloth, gilt, a little bumped at board top edges and corners, a few minor marks. Very good.   Ref: 42447 
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Caesar, Gaius Julius: (Graevius, J.G., ed.:) Quae Extant Omnia cum Animadversionibus integris Dion. Vossii, J. Davisii... Ex musaeo Joannis Georgii Graevii. Lugd. Bat. [Leiden]: Apud vid. C. Boutesteyn & S. Luchtmans, 1713. 8vo., pp. [xvi], 603, [iv], 604-830, [ii], 833-862, [liv]; 224, including engraved title-page, + engraved portrait, and 14 plates (8 folding). Woodcut initials and ornaments. Slight toning, occasional marginal spotting, light water stain to lower outer blank corner of last few leaves. 18th-century Dutch vellum over boards, double gilt ruled, large gilt fleurons to corners and gilt female personification of Den Haag to centre of both covers, spine double gilt ruled wit large gilt fleurons, title inked to spine. Little soiled, joints a trifle rubbed. Stamp 'Oswald Weigel' to front pastedown; dedication by Isaac Valdkenaer to the student Johan Boreel de Mauregnault to fly; few notes pencilled to rear endpapers. The second and highly-regarded edition of J. G. Graevius's Caesar, published after his death with additional notes by Davies. The attractive plates show troop formations; Dibdin calls it 'the edition usually esteemed the editio optima' (I, 363). Graevius mostly avoided editing Greek authors and poets, with his most-well-known work being on Cicero. 'Edition recherchée, pour la collection variorum' (Brunet I, 1456). Isaac Valdkenaer was rector of the Lation school at Den Haag. Johan Boreel de Mauregnault (b.1719) came from an important family from Zealand; he published his dissertation for a law degree at Leiden in 1739. Dibdin I, 363; Brunet I, 1456.   Ref: 53272 
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Callimachus: [Fabri, Anna Tanaquilli]: Hymni, Epigrammata et Fragmenta: eiusdem poematium de Coma Berenices a Catullo versum. Parisiis [Paris]: Sebastianus Mabre-Cramoisy, 1675. 8vo. pp. [20], 262, [58]. Engraved title vignette, and engraved headpiece and initial to first leaf, elsewhere woodcut ornaments. Title little soiled and expertly laid down, last few leaves slightly foxed. 19th-century crushed morocco, signed by Hatton in Manchester (binder's ticket), marbled endpapers, triple blind ruled, gilt Macclesfield arms to upper cover, title gilt to spine, inner edges gilt, a.e.g. Spine sunned, upper joint and upper corners a bit rubbed. Bookplate of the North Library (1860) to front pastedown, its dry-stamp to title, first and few more leaves; formerly in the library of Thomas Parker, Earl of Macclesfield, 1811-1896. Exquisitely-bound copy, of illustrious provenance, of this handsome edition. 'This is, I believe, the first critical effort, in the way of editing an ancient classic, by the celebrated Madame Dacier - at the time Mademoiselle Le Fevre. Huet supplied her with a number of epigrams, and she herself obtained possession of 53 additional epigrams, principally from different Scholia. She also supplied notes' (Dibdin II, 368). Anne Le Fevre (later Dacier, 1651-1720) received a sound classical education from her father, publishing her first commentary - on Callimacus - aged 23. She translated the 'Iliad' and the 'Odyssey', and participated in writing in the debate on the ancients and the moderns. Voltaire wrote of her: 'Madame Dacier is one of the prodigies of the century of Louis XIV.' This copy was acquired in 1860 for the North Library of Shirburn Castle, the historic seat of the Earls of Macclesfield's magnificent collection. Dibdin II, 368.   Ref: 53269 
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Calpurnius Siculus, Titus; Nemesianus, Marcus Aurelius Olympius: Bucolica. Nuper a situ, & squallore vindicata, nouisque commentarijs exposita opera, ac studio Roberti Titii Burgensis. Florentiae [Florence]: Apud Philippum Iunctam, 1590. 4to., pp. [viii], 206, [4]. Later limp vellum (binder's waste containing 17th century printed matter), spine lettered in ink, lower edge of text-block also lettered in ink. Small stain to upper forecorner at beginning and end, a little spotting elsewhere. Binding somewhat soiled, ties lost. Old paper shelfmark label to spine, old inscription to final page of text ('C. de ? Torrepalma?'). The Eclogues of Calpurnius Siculus, Roman poet of uncertain date (though certainly post-Virgil) and Marcus Aurelius Olympius Nemesianus of the 3rd-century AD, as edited by Roberto Titi (1551-1609), professor at Bologna. Eleven bucolic poems survive in the manuscript tradition attributed to Calpurnius, though four were obviously of different authorship and are now firmly placed under Nemesianus's name The editio princeps was printed by Sweynheym and Pannartz and numerous editions followed, with this one having some of the most substantial commentary, including Titi's work and commentary in the form of a letter by Ugolino Martelli (1519-1592). Adams C155; CNCE 47089.   Ref: 53229 
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Carter, Tim & Butt, John (eds.): The Cambridge History of Seventeenth Century Music. Cambridge University Press, 2005. First edition. 8vo., pp. xxvii, 591. Contents mint, unread. Hardback: burgundy cloth, gilt-letting to spine. fine. Dust-jacket, remains of sizeable price-sticker to lower left of front cover, a couple of tiny creases to top edge, very good.   Ref: 53224 
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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, one slightly fraying, edges lightly dusted, some shelf wear, very good.   Ref: 51924 
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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, one slightly fraying, edges lightly dusted with small smudge to bottom, some shelf wear, very good.   Ref: 51925 
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(Catullus) Sisson, C.H. trans.: Catullus. London: MacGibbon & Kee, 1966. 8vo., pp. 93, [i]. Faux-vellum boards, gilt titles to spine and upper. Spine and board edges lightly toned, still very good. First edition of this translation.   Ref: 51562 
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