Antiquarian Booksellers Association
Unsworth's Booksellers
International League of Antiquarian Booksellers

Fabricius, J.A.: Bibliotheca Graeca, sive Notitia scriptorum veterum Graecorum. Hamburgi [Hamburg]: apud Christian Liebzeit & Theodor. Christoph. Felginer, 1714-1728 14 vols (I-II bound together, IV in two vols). 4to. I-II: pp. [2], [14], 940; III: pp. [2], [14], 830, including one full-page engraved illustration; IV/1: pp. [2], [14], 711, [1]; IV/2: pp. [2], [12], 618; V: pp. [2], [14], 338; [6], 111, [1]; [6], 186; [6], 250; VI: pp. [14], 840, including one full-page engraved illustration; VII: pp. [2], [6], 792; VIII: pp. [2], [18], 876; IX: pp. [2], [6], 808; X: pp. [2], [26], 824; XI: pp. [2], [14], 860, [2]; XII: pp. [2], [12], 911, [1]; XIII: pp. [2], [10], 860; XIV: pp. [2], [10], 740; all (except vol. VI) including engraved frontispieces. Varying degrees of browning or foxing as usual, upper edges a little dusty, the odd ink mark, I-II: 2 extreme lower outer corners torn, IV/1: light marginal water stain to last few leaves, small repair to 4N3 not affecting reading, VIII: small worm hole to lower blank margin, expanding into worm trail to one gathering; XIII: last verso a little soiled. Modern quarter crushed crimson morocco over cloth boards, raised bands, spine gilt-lettered, corners a little rubbed. Modern bookplate of Writers' Library, London, to front pastedowns. The full 14-volume set of this renowned bibliographical monument to Greek antiquity - a masterpiece of erudition by the German classicist J.A. Fabricius (1668-1736), professor of rhetoric at Hamburg. Originally published between 1705 and 1728, 'Bibliotheca Graeca' is one of his several works of historical bibliography, which reached down to medieval Latin writers. It covers works written between pre-Homeric times and the fall of Constantinople in 1453, including, for major figures like Homer, the tradition of scholia and the criticism of late antiquity. Some of its volumes include previously unpublished essays by Fabricius on sundry topics, e.g., a grammar of Dionysius Thrax. Chapters are organised in a variety of ways: some by subject (e.g., jurisprudence), others by literary or philosophical current (e.g., Peripatetics). The volumes of this set were published between 1714 and 1728. A handsome work, scarce as a full set.   Ref: 53673  show full image..
£1400
enquire

Florus, Lucius Annaeus L. Annaeus Florus. CL. Salmasius, addidit Lucium Ampelium, & cod. M.S. nunquam antehac editum. Lugd. Batav. [Leiden]: Apud Elzeviros, 1638. 12mo. pp. [viii], 290, [ii], [293-] 336, [xvi]. Engraved title, woodcut head- and tailpieces. Light red ink stain to upper outer blank corner of title and first two leaves, few leaves a trifle foxed. Near contemporary full calf, double gilt ruled, gilt fleurons to corners, spine gilt with fleurons and stars, gilt-lettered morocco label, inner edges gilt, a.e.g. Joints a bit cracked, lower with small worm hole. Bookplate of Faulque de Jonchieres to front pastedown, occasional annotations. Handsomely-bound copy of the better edition of the two printed by the Elzevirs in 1638. 'The preference is given to those copies where the two vignettes (one at the head of the dedicatory epistle, the other at that of the text of Florus) are different' (Dibdin II, 10). 'La plus jolie' (Willems 467), with the first headpiece in the shape of a mermaid. This copy belonged to Faulque de Jonquières (d.1873), librarian of the Ministère de la Marine. Dibdin II, 10; Willems 467.   Ref: 53175  show full image..
£200
enquire

Froissart, Jean; De Commines, Philippe: Frossardus et Cominaeus Duo nobilissimi Gallicarum rerum scriptores. (I) Frossardi [...] Historiarum opus. (II) Philippus Cominaeus De rebus gestis a Ludovico & Carolo VIII. Amsterdami [Amsterdam]: Apud Ioan. et Corn. Blaeu, 1640. 12mo. 2 works in 1. pp. 203, [i]; [ii], [207-] 670, [xlviii]. General engraved title, separate titles for each work. Small marginal ink burn on p.589, pp. 209-12 misbound, ink mark to title. Contemporary English calf, triple blind ruled, spine gilt to a floral design, gilt-lettered morocco label. Joints and spine a bit cracked. Bookplate of John Rolle, 1st Baron Rolle, to front pastedown, his signature and monogram WW inked to flypaper. The two most famous accounts of 15th-century French history, by Jean Froissart and Philippe de Commines, in an exquisite, remarkably preserved, contemporary English binding. This copy was in the library of John Rolle (1750-1842), 1st Baron Rolle, a British MP supporting William Pitt the Younger. His attacks against Edmund Burke and Charles James Fox made him the target of the satire "The Rolliad". Not in Brunet.   Ref: 53160  show full image..
£250
enquire

Gale, Roger (ed.:) Registrum Honoris de Richmond exhibens terrarum & villarum quae quondam fuerunt Edwini comitis infra Richmundshire descriptionem: ex libro Domesday in thesauria domini regis: [...]. Londini [London: ] Impensis R. Gosling, 1722. Large paper copy. Folio, pp. [ii], xxxv, [i], 106, [xxvi], 286, [xxx] + folding engraved map and 15 other engraved plates (7 folding). Lacking the list of subscribers leaf. Title and many pages in red and black. Spotted and lightly browned. Early 19th century marbled boards, scuffed, with spine renewed in half reversed calf by John Henderson c.1980. The Bowyer ledgers show 50 large paper copies were printed, of this last significant publication by Roger Gale (1672-1744), the eldest son of the antiquary Thomas Gale. The text is "a twelfth-century register of the honour of Richmond from the Cotton Library, accompanied by a long appendix of important early charters. It was published in 1722 under the auspices of the Society of Antiquaries, of which he was the first vice-president" (ODNB). ESTC T150024.   Ref: 53037  show full image..
£350
enquire

Gellius, Aulus: Noctes Atticae. Editio nova et prioribus omnibus doctis hominis cura multo castigatior. Amstelodami [Amsterdam]: apud Ludovicum Elzevirium, 1651. Editio Nova. 12mo. [48], 498, [124]. Small clean tear to lower blank margin of F10, another three on K12, V3-4 touching text. Contemporary vellum over boards, yapp edges, title inked to spine (modern), all edges sprinkled blue. Spine little rubbed. Ex-libris of Rudolph Apfelbeck 1883 to ffep. 'The first two editions from the Elzevir press [of which this is the first] were carefully published by J.F. Gronovius.' (Dibdin) 'Fort jolie et qui passe pour tres correcte' (Willems) Dibdin I, 340; Pokel, 101; Schweiger II, 378; Willems, 1127.   Ref: 53177  show full image..
£175
enquire

Gellius, Aulus: Noctes Atticae. Editio nova et prioribus omnibus doctis hominis cura multo castigatior. Amstelodami [Amsterdam]: apud Ludovicum Elzevirium, 1651. Editio Nova. 12mo. pp. [48], 498, [122], including engraved title. Wanting final black as often, title and edges dusty, slight browning. Contemporary prize vellum over boards, yapp edges, double blind ruled, gilt centrepiece with a standing wild man holding a pike surrounded by tendrils, gilt-lettered label to spine. Boards and spine soiled. Bookplate of Stepney College (1810) to front pastedown; 19th-century bibliographic annotation to rear fep. 'The first two editions from the Elzevir press [of which this is the first] were carefully published by J.F. Gronovius.' (Dibdin) 'Fort jolie et qui passe pour tres correcte.' (Willems) Dibdin I, 340; Pokel, 101; Schweiger II, 378; Willems, 1127.   Ref: 53292  show full image..
£160
enquire

Gellius, Aulus: (Gronovius, Johannes Fredericus and Jacobus, eds.:) Noctium Atticarum, Libri XX prout supersunt quos ad libros MSStos novo & multo labore exegerunt, perpetuis notis & emendationibus illustraverunt Johannes Fredericus et Jacobus Gronovii. Accedunt Gasp. Scioppii integra MSStorum duorum codicum collatio, Petri Lambecii lu Lugduni Batavorum [Leiden]: Cornelium Boutesteyn & Johannem du Vivie, 1706. 4to, pp. [xxxvi], 903, [lxv], including engraved frontispiece. Title-page in red and black with vignette, woodcut head-pieces and initials. Title a bit thumbed, intermittent slight mainly marginal browning or spotting, lower outer blank corner of 5Z2 and 5F4 (blank) torn, small paper flaw to same corner of 5Z4. Contemporary vellum, blind-stamped to a panel design, blind-stamped lozenge-shaped centrepiece to covers, raised bands, title inked to spine. A bit dust-soiled, upper joint minimally splitting at foot. Near contemporary annotations to a couple of leaves. One of the best quarto variorum editions of the classics, highly praised by Harwood: 'This edition has much literary merit [...] the notes of other critics are selected with judgement, and the explanatory remarks of Gronovius must give every scholar the most exalted idea in his singular erudition'. Dibdin specifies that it contains 'the entire collation of two MSS by Scioppius, and some excerpta from the corrections of Ludovicus Carrio'. 'Still very sought-after.' (Schweiger). 'As yet the best and most complete edition.' (Ebert) Schweiger I 379; Dibdin II, 341; Ebert 8291; Moss I, 204-5.   Ref: 53356  show full image..
£350
enquire

[Godwyn] Godwin, Thomas; Rous, Francis & Bogan, Zachary Romanae Historiae Anthologia recognita et aucta. An English Exposition of the Roman Antiquities [...] (bound with) Moses and Aaron: Civil and Ecclesiastical Rites used by the ancient Hebrews [...] (bound with) Archaeologiae Atticae libri septem [...]. London; London; Oxford: Printed by R.W. for Peter Parker; Printed for S. Griffin for Andrew Crook; P 1661; 1667; 1667. 4to. pp. [6], 270, [20]; [8], 264, [10]; [12], 374, [20]. Woodcut initials and ornaments. Somewhat browned, little marginal foxing or dampstaining, few lower margin shaved. Contemporary English polished calf, double blind ruled, raised bands, small paper label to spine. Joints minimally rubbed, a few ancient stains. Inscription 'H Brewster Book 1731' and short bibliographical note to fly; inscription 'Henry Darby his book Jan 24th 1679' to title of first. Elegantly-bound sammelband on Greco-Roman and Jewish antiquities: probably a school book. The first two works were written by Thomas Godwyn (1587-1642), fellow of Pembroke College, Oxford, and headmaster at Abingdon School, in Oxfordshire. 'Romanae Historiae Anthologia' is a compendium of Roman antiquities intended for the use of his pupils; written in the class room, whilst his author was surrounded by the 'whispered chatterings of the noisy boys', it was reprinted numerous times remaining a most successful text book until well into the 18th century. 'Moses and Aaron' is a clear study of the civil customs and religious rites of the Jews, as an instrument to further the understanding of the Old Testament. 'Archeologiae Atticae libri septem' discusses the customs, history and religious rites of the ancient Greek region called Attica. It was written by the Puritan scholars Francis Rous (1579-1659), also Provost of Eton, and Zachary Bogan (1625-59). A fascinating collection of texts in an unsophisticated binding. ESTC R473621; ESTC R22732; ESTC R6074.   Ref: 53270  show full image..
£450
enquire

(Goodwin, Thomas:) The History of the Reign of Henry the Fifth, King of England, &c. In Nine Books. London: printed by J.D. for S. and J. Sprint, J. Robinson, J. Taylor, Andr. Bell, T. Ballard, and B. 1704. Folio, pp. viii, 256, 267-272, 257-266, 273-362 + portrait frontispiece. Preface bound before dedication; pp. 267-272 (i.e. leaves MM2-4) bound out of order, but all present. The appendix has a separate titlepage, with the date 1703. A few neatly pencilled marginal notes. Frontis and title both lightly toned and a bit dusty, odd spots of foxing becoming heavy by final two leaves. Slightly later tan calf, neatly rebacked, raised bands, gilt spine, black title label, blind-tooled border, corners repaired, marbled edges, endpapers renewed. A little scuffed, some smudgy marks, a very good copy. Goodwin's work is beginning to be recognised by modern historians as an important and in some respects innovative early contribution to the historical reputation of Henry V. "Goodwin's study marked a milestone in the study of the reign of Henry V... The chief contrast between Goodwin's work and that of earlier writers on Henry V lies in the broader picture he drew of what kingship was about and, consequently, by what criteria a king might be judged... The history of a reign, as understood and presented by Goodwin, went far beyond the language and 'deeds' (Acta or Gesta) of a single man. It was the history of a national enterprise, guided and led by the king. Although historians may differ today over interpretations regarding this question or that, this success or that failure, and in particular over their understanding of the king's character, that is still, in essence, how we see his reign today." (Allmand). Please see 'Writing History in the Eighteenth Century: Thomas Goodwin's The History of the Reign of Henry the Fifth (1704)', Christopher Allmand's very interesting chapter in Henry V: New Interpretations (2013) for a great deal more information on the scope and innovations of Goodwin's work. ESTC T90148   Ref: 53036  show full image..
£500
enquire

Gratius (or Grattius) Faliscus: (Wase, Christopher, trans.:) Cynegeticon. Or, A Poem of Hunting by Gratius the Faliscian. Englished and illustrated by Christopher Wase Gent [...]. (London:) Charles Adams, 1654. 12mo., pp. [xciv], 86. Latin text and English translation on facing pages, the latter verso. Some light dust soiling, heavier on title and verso of last leaf, browning mostly to margins and occasional spots. 19th century half calf over marbled boards, gilt-lettered morocco label. Joints and extremities rubbed, small repair at head and foot. 20th century inscription to front pastedown, later monogram RC inked to title. The first edition in English of this poem on hunting by a contemporary of Virgil and Ovid. The translator's commentary includes chapters on "the styles of hunting different from the English, both antique and forreigne" and "the modern authors who have written upon this subject." The first edition in Latin had been published in Lyon by Sebastian Gryphius in 1537. Wing G1581; ESTC R1966; Schwerdt I, p.217.   Ref: 53093  show full image..
£750
enquire