Carver, Martin; Hills, Catherine & Scheschkewitz, Jonathan (eds.): Wasperton: a Roman, British and Anglo-Saxon Community in Central England. Woodbridge: Boydell Press, 2009. Large 4to. (290 x 22mm), pp. x, 372. Blue cloth, gilt title to spine, near fine. Anglo-Saxon Studies 11 Ref: 51554
(Cary, M. et al, eds.:) Oxford Classical Dictionary. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1950. 4to., pp. xix, [i], 971, [i]. blue cloth, gilt title to spine, without dust-jacket. Spine faded, boards a little scratched with some patchy fading, corners bumped, free endpapers toned, a good, sound copy Contemporary armorial bookplate of Alan & Patricia Lennox-Boyd. Alan Lennox-Boyd (1904-1983) was 1st Viscount Boyd of Merton, a British Conservative politician. A mostly-illegible gift inscription to the ffep dated Christmas 1952 appears to be signed 'Chips', which would indicate that the book was a gift from Lennox-Boyd's brother-in-law, Henry 'Chips' Channon (1897-1958). Channon was an American-born British Conservative politician, author, diarist and determined social climber. It is for his diaries, which have so far only been published in an expurgated edition, that he is now most remembered: the diaries 'survive for the years 1918, 1923–8, and 1934–53. Discreetly edited extracts compiled by Robert Rhodes James and published in 1967 open with Lady Diana Cooper's announcing the death of King Albert I of the Belgians (12 February 1934) and close with Channon's cocktail party for King Umberto II of Italy (18 November 1953). The intervening entries are by turns scintillating, epicene, snobbish, fatuous, self-mocking, and cliché-ridden. There are captivating descriptions of great parliamentary occasions as well as intriguing confidences about backstairs intrigues; but each page demonstrates Channon's preference for manners over principles. 'Everybody is on about Chips's diary—you can't think how vile & spiteful & silly it is,' Nancy Mitford wrote after its publication. 'One always thought Chips was rather a dear, but he was black inside how sinister!' (Love from Nancy, 465).' (ODNB) This opinion was not shared by everyone however, and there seems to be a seemingly endless supply of excellent stories about him. 'Chips was a thoughtful, shrewd, witty, and worldly gossip who loved to help people. His social radiance could be entrancing; he was resolute in promoting the interests of his friends. The earl of Drogheda found him 'an immensely kind man, with many acts of generosity to his credit': when Viscountess Castlerosse sat on a wasp, Chips sucked the sting out of her buttock. Channon wrote of himself in 1935: "I have flair, intuition, great good taste but only second rate ambition: I am far too susceptible to flattery; I hate and am uninterested in all the things most men like such as sport, business, statistics, debates, speeches, war and the weather; but I am riveted by lust, furniture, glamour and society and jewels." (Chips, ed. James, 38).' (ODNB) 1950 reprint of the March 1949 first edition. Ref: 52082
(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
Catullus, Gaius Valerius: (Ellis, R., ed.:) Catulli Veronensis Liber iterum recognovit, apparatum criticum, prolegomena, appendices [...] Oxonii [Oxford]: e typographeo Clarendoniano, 1878. 2nd edition. 8vo., pp.lxxvii, (iii), 410 + 2 folding plates. Printed in red and black, errata slip tipped in. Preliminary blanks foxed, very faintly toned towards top edge, otherwise nice and bright inside. Brown calf, gilt spine, black morocco label, gilt borders and centrepiece, marbled edges and endpapers. Spine a little sunned, some slight smudges and scratches but very good indeed. Ownership inscription of N.D. Horton to preliminary blank. Gilt centrepiece reads 'Londinensis Schola Civitatis'. Ellis began working on Catullus in 1859. In 1866 he published 'a plain text, with conjectures based on study of manuscripts', followed by a larger edition in 1867. This, the second edition, appeared in 1878 and a revised text in 1904. 'In 1871 he published an unexpurgated translation in the original metres, very ingenious but barely intelligible without the Latin, and dedicated to Tennyson.' (ODNB) Ref: 48705
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: 51370show full image..
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
Catullus, Gaius Valerius; Tibullus, Albius; Propertius, Sextus: [Works] Parisiis [Paris]: Apud Simonem Colinaeum, 1529. 8vo., ff. [i], 2-167, [i], includes final blank. Italic type, woodcut initials, occasional faint sepia ink underlining and a few initials coloured in. Title-page neatly laid down, a few light spots and smudges, neat repairs to lower fore-edge corners from title to f.16 obliterating some signatures but only occasionally brushing the edges of text, very occasional light patchy toning. 17th-century tan calf, gilt spine with red morocco label, edges coloured red, marbled endpapers. Lightly rubbed, a little worming causing some holes to joints the most significant being a 18 x 10mm loss of surface leather to the upper board, a few slight scrapes and scratches but still very good. First Colines edition, based on the second Aldine edition of 1515. The first example from Colines of the use of italic rather than roman type as a means of allowing greater compression of text. Renouard, Colines 132; Schreiber 52. Not in Adams. Ref: 52189
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