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Cowley, Abraham: The Works of Mr. Abraham Cowley. In two volumes... The eleventh edition. [With:] Volume the Second. [And:] The third and Last Volume... The ninth edition. London: Printed for J. Tonson; Charles Harper, 1710; 1711. 3 vols., 8vo., pp. [iv], LXXVIII, [viii], 392 + engraved portrait frontispiece and 17 engraved plates (of which 13 are portraits); [ii], [393]-894, [ii] + engraved frontispiece and 9 engraved plates (of which 6 are portraits); [xxii], 495, [ix] + engraved frontispiece and another 4 engraved plates. Lightly browned, a little minor spotting. Contemporary calf, plain spines with red morocco labels, boards bordered in blind, edges sprinkled red, rubbed at extremities, neatly conserved by Chris Weston replacing original labels, f.f.e.p. removed from first vol. Early ink ownership inscription "Anne Pitt" on front flyleaf of vols. 2 & 3; large amorial bookplate of "John Borthwick / CROOKSTON" on versos of title-pages. The first volume contains the major poems and several essays, while the second volume reprints Cowley's juvenilia and university plays. ESTC T133366; T133364.   Ref: 36434 
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Crucius, Jacobus: Epistolarum Libri IV. Cum Duplici Indice. Delphis [Delft]: ex officina Johannes Andreae Kloeting, 1633. First edition. 8vo., pp.[xvi], 606, [xxvi]. Woodcut initials. F.f.e.p. and following blank both with top fore-edge corner excised, title page a bit grubby, some light foxing to blanks front and rear. Contemporary vellum, title inked to spine, yapp edges. Vellum darkened, quite heavily marked especially to spine but entirely sound. Inscription to f.f.e.p. reading, 'Antonius [surname obscured], Coll. Reg. Oxon. ex dono Guliolmi Preston, 1743'. Crucius also published under the name Mercurius Batavus. This collection of letters was intended as instructional literature, imitating Ciceronian style and delivering moral and religious ideals alongside regular communication. To that end, many of the letters given earlier dates were actually written later to be included in the book, rather than sent.   Ref: 49124 
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Curtius Rufus, Quintus: (Snakenburg, Hendrik, ed.:) De Rebus Gestis Alexandri Magni, Regis Macedonum, Libri Superstites. Cum omnibus supplementis, variantibus lectionibus, commentariis ac notis perpetuis Fr. Modii, V. Acidallii, T. Popmae, Joh. Freinshemi, Joh. Schefferi, Christoph. Cellarii, Nic. Heinsii. Selectis & excerptis Ph. Rubenii, J. Rutgersii, C. Barthii, Joh Delphis, & Lugd. Bat. [Delft & Leiden]: apud Adrianum Beman, Samuelem Luchtmans, 1724. First edition thus. 2 parts in 1. 4to., pp. [lxxiv], 472; [ii], 473-824, [ccxxiv] + 18 plates (3 of which folding) including additional engraved title-page. Title-page in red and black with woodcut printer's device, woodcut initials and tail-pieces. The catchword at the end of the dedication (T4) does not match the following leaf, as also found in other copies and seemingly due to the insertion of the Preface. Faintly foxed. Contemporary marbled calf, neatly rebacked with original spine retained, orange gilt title-label, gilt borders, gilt-stamped emblem of Haarlem to each board, edges coloured yellow, green cloth ties replaced, corners neatly repaired. Old spine piece worn but soundly rebacked, some scratches and scuffs to boards, a few whitish marks to top edge, endpapers a little toned at edges, very good overall. A few pencilled bookseller's notes to front paste-down. 'This is the celebrated quarto Variorum edition of Q. Curtius, by Snakenburg, which contains many valuable extracts from Bruno, Modius, Freinshem, and Cellarius. The text is formed according to the first edit. of Freinshem, from which it never departs but with the most scrupulous caution, and when warranted by a better reading. In compiling the work, Snakenburg consulted one good ancient MS, and two modern ones: but with the early editions of this author he appears to have been ill provided, as he consulted no edition more ancient than the Aldine. "This editor," says Ernesti, "as is too often the case, undertook the publication more from the importunity of the bookseller, than from the conviction of being able to compose a useful work from previous study, and diligent accumulation of materials." It must, however, be confessed that this edition of Snakenburg is a very valuable performance, and is deservedly held in high respect. Dr. Harwood has pronounced a warm eulogium upon it, and the editor is by him declared to have "manifested an accurate knowledge of ancient manners and customs".' (Dibdin) Schweiger II, 323; Graesse II, 311; Brunet II, 450; Dibdin II, 376-77   Ref: 52286 
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(Davis, James) 'Dr Davies', pseud.: Origines Divisianae: or Antiquities of the Devizes. In Some Familiar Letters to a Friend: Written in the Years 1750 and 1751 [...] First printed in 1754. [London]: s.n., [1790]. 12mo., pp. [ii], 137-218. Excised from a larger work, but with its own title-page, contents and postscript. Occasional light spots and smudges. Brown paper-covered boards, backed and cornered in brown sheep. Spine and corners very much rubbed, joints split but cords holding firm, endpapers a bit grubby and toned at corners. A very good text block housed in a tired binding. A note in an old hand to a preliminary blank records that this extract was 'taken from The Repository 4 vol. 12[mo.] London 1790. The original intact is very scarce'. Second editions of The Repository: a select collection of fugitive pieces of wit and humour, in prose and verse, vols. 1-4, did appear in 1790. The work was edited by Isaac Reed and published in London by C. Dilly. Attributed to James Davis, or sometimes to Sneyd Davies.   Ref: 52186 
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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 
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(De Bussières, Jean:) Flosculi Historici Delibati Nunc Delibatiores Redditi, Sive Historia Universalis [...] Coloniae Agrippinae [Cologne]: apud Andream Bingium, 1661. 2 works bound as 1. 12mo., pp. [iv], 339, [i]; 68 + 12 leaves of plates, each with 6 portraits. Divisional title-page (i.e. ²A1) has 19mm excised at tail edge, seemingly to remove the imprint and date. Light dampstain to lower fore-edge corner of first few leaves, occasional light spots and smudges but generally clean. Contemporary brown calf, a little blind tooling to spine and borders. Rubbed, endcaps and joints worn, corners fraying with some loss to upper fore-edge corner. Much earlier binder's waste (misprinted fragments of a work of the medieval philosopher-theologian Duns Scotus (c.1266-1308)) has been used for the endpapers, which are not pasted to the boards. A very good, unsophisticated copy. Initials M.O. in an old hand to engraved title-page. The engraved title-page reads Universalis Historia ab orbe condito usq[ue] ad annum 1657, and is dated 1660. The last 68 pages, 'Chronologia principum sive series & successio Romanorum pontificum' have a separate title page on leaf ²A1, and separate pagination and signatures. No author given, but Jean de Bussières (1607-1678) is mentioned in other editions.   Ref: 51825  show full image..
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De Commines, Philip: (Danett, Thomas, trans.:) The History of Philip de Commines, Knight, Lord of Argenton. London: printed for Samuel Mearne, John Martyn, and Henry Herringman [...] 1674. 4th edition, 'corrected, with annotations'. Folio, pp. [xvi], 348. Woodcut device to title-page, and woodcut initials. Occasional light marginal dampstaining, some smudgy marks particularly to title-page, marks and staining to rear endpapers, a few short closed marginal tears, closed tear to to I6 affecting 3 words but with no loss, tiny scorch-hole to K6 only affecting a couple of letters. Contemporary brown sheep, almost complete surface loss (now resembles suede) with just a little surface remaining in patches, endcaps lost, joints split at head and tail but cords holding firm, corners very worn, ffep excised, rfep with lower corner torn away. Internally good, but in an extremely worn binding that would certainly benefit from some attention. To front paste-down: 'Date 1674' in purple pencil, quite large MS to centre of board; 'P.F.' in an old hand to top corner; a few pencilled bookseller's codes. To title-page: 'W(?) Wombwell Booke' and 'D. Cooke', in different old hands. To p.303, note of an illegible name 'Madam (?). To rfep verso: 'W. Wombwell His Booke 1679'; three lines of old MS smudged away. P.287 is misnumbered 285 and p.224 is misnumbered 124, as usual. The work is divided into eight books, with many marginal glosses. This translation was originally made whilst Danett (1543–1601?) was still a student: the translator's dedication (signed 'Thomas Danett' and dated 1 Nov. 1596) states that it is 'thirty years since' he first presented this History 'rudely translated into our vulgar tongue' from the French original, and that he subsequently revised and enlarged his translation by the advice of Sir Christopher Hatton. 'Danett's epistle to the reader 'suggests that he saw history primarily in exemplary terms, and those who profit from it as making 'the historie to be a paterne of all their doings, both private and publique, & studie not onelie to have the speculation of histories, but also the practise'. Danett eventually published his translation in an expanded version in 1596, with a dedication to Burghley. He explains in the preface that Sir Christopher Hatton had read it in manuscript and commended it, while other gentlemen had read it after Hatton's death in 1591, and urged him to publish it. Danett had responded that the secrets of princes should not be published in the vulgar language, but the 'gentlemen' threatened to publish it themselves, and so Danett had proceeded into print for fear that an unauthorized publication would mar his work. He provided his text with sometimes elaborate notes on such matters as his choice of words in translation, English values for French money, and the differences between Commines and English chronicles, and even ventured to disagree with Commines over the latter's belief that the world was going to the dogs [...] Danett's translation of Commines was his most popular work, with further editions in 1601, 1614, 1665, and 1674. It was reissued in the Tudor Translations series in 1897, edited by Charles Whibley, who praised Danett's prose style, noting that he often supplied lively metaphors for which there was no equivalent in Commines's rather plain prose. He also asserted that even in the translation there was evidence for Danett's historical expertise, since he 'rigorously' corrected his original as well as adding notes.' (ODNB) Philippe de Commines (or de Commynes / de Comines) (1447-1511), writer and diplomat in the courts of Burgundy and France, has been called called 'the first critical and philosophical historian since classical times' (Oxford Companion to English Literature). Not exactly a historian in the conventional sense, his analyses of the political world in which he lived make his writings a virtually unique resource. ESTC R1689; Wing C5542   Ref: 50563 
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De Guichard, Martin: Noctes Granzovianae, seu discursus panegyricus de Antiquis Triumphis, in publicum tam ecclesiarum quam politiarum usum [...] Amstelodami [Amsterdam], Apud Aegidium Janssonium Valckenier 1661. First edition. 12mo., pp. [xlviii], 552. Engraved title-page, 10 illustrations in text (6 of crowns, 3 from ancient coins, 1 of a sphere). Latin, occasional Greek and Hebrew letter. Light foxing and browning. Bontemporary calf, spine gilt, red morocco gilt label, a.e.g, spine and corners recently repaired in a sympathetic manner, marbled endpapers probably from the turn of the twentieth century. An attractive copy. Bookplate of Henri Lambert, avocat, Versailles, stamped 8 May 1906. Illustrated study of ancient triumphs and spectacles.   Ref: 51821 
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De Vertot, [René-Aubert] L'Abbé: The History of the Revolutions of Portugal. Translated from the French. Glasgow: printed for Robert Urie, 1760. 12mo., pp. [viii], iii-viii, 9-152, [x].Contemporary tan sheep, raised bands, small gilt title label to spine. Joints worn with lower just beginning to crack, edges worn, top corner of upper board fraying, a little toning to endpaper edges, very good. De Vertot (1655-1735) originally wrote his Histoire de la conjuration de Portugal in 1690, at the suggestion of Fontenelle and the Abbé de Saint-Pierre. The printer and bookseller Robert Urie 'printed regularly until 1757, in which year the first books bearing the imprint 'Printed for Robert Urie' were issued from what was clearly his press. After 1759 he printed only occasionally. It is probable that he devoted himself to bookselling and publishing, and left the printing to William Smith [...] who worked with Urie and, at his death, succeeded him [...]. The 1750s, and even more the 1760s, revealed an interest in the books of the French Enlightenment, particularly translations of the works of Voltaire: Urie published more than twenty of these, many within a year of their first translation into English.' (ODNB) ESTC T76269   Ref: 51413 
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[Debreuil, Jean; Chambers, E., trans.:] Practical Perspective; or An Easy Method of Representing Natural Objects […] London: printed for the proprietors Bowles and Carver at their map and print warehouse, [n.d. c.1795.] Seventh edition. 4to., pp. xxx, [I], 150, [I] + 150 plates on 81 leaves. Some light toning to plates with transfer to adjacent pages, title-page a little foxed. Contemporary tan sheep boards, recently rebacked in well-matched morocco, red gilt label to spine, all edges yellow, endpapers renewed. Some scrapes including one repaired to centre of upper board, edges chipped but still a good, sound copy. First published in French as parts 1-5 of La Perspective Pratique (1642-9).   Ref: 50439  show full image..
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