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Harwood, Edward: A View of the Various Editions of the Greek and Roman Classics, with Remarks with Remarks [...] London: printed for T. Becket [...] 1775. First edition. 8vo., pp. [ii], xxiv, 229, [iii]. Includes three-page catalogue of Harwood's books sold by Becket at rear. Some reversed writing in light pencil to p.96, seemingly offset from something no longer present. A few lightly smudges to title-page but generally clean internally. Mid-twentieth century half tan calf, gilt spine with label, brown marbled boards, edges sprinkled red. A bit rubbed, joints slightly worn but firm, small dent to top edge of upper board, still a very good copy. Pencil note to front paste-down: 'Coll. Christopher Dobson c.1967'. ESTC T118350   Ref: 51811  show full image..
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Heinsius, Daniel; Nonnus of Panopolis: Aristarchus sacer, sive Ad Nonni in Iohannem metaphrasin exercitationes. Lugduni Batavorum [Leiden]: Ex officina Bonaventurae & Abrahami Elzevir, 1627. First edition. 8vo. pp. [116], 225, [39]; 551, [49]. Woodcut vignette to title. Title dusty, repaired to lower outer corner, small clean tear to lower outer blank corner of one leaf, scattered ink spots to couple of gatherings, verso of last leaf bit soiled. Marbled boards c.1800, spine gilt, gilt-lettered morocco label, all edges sprinkled green. Extremities little rubbed. Indistinct inscription and date 1832 to ffep; 17th-century (?) autograph H. Rodolphi to title. 'A learned edition' (Willems) of the verse paraphrase of St John's Gospel by the Hellenistic, Egypt-born poet Nonnus of Panopolis. Heinsius's commentary was based on the work of scholars like Scaliger. Willems 276.   Ref: 53286  show full image..
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Herodotus: (Gale, Thomas, ed.:) Herodoti Halicarnassei Historiarum Libri IX novem musarum nominibus inscripti. Eiusdem narratio de vita Homeri. Londini [London]: Typis E. Horton & J. Grover, Impensis Johannis Dunmore, Richardi Chiswel, Benjamin 1679. Folio, pp. [lxxii], 708, [44], 33, [37] + folding map. Nineteenth-century russia, boards bordered with gilt and blind rolls, marbled endpapers, edges gilt. Some minor spotting, dampmark to gutter of first two leaves, one text leaf with fore-margin trimmed, title-page dustsoiled and pulling loose. Rebacked amateurishly with lighter brown morocco, lettered in gilt, old leather a little scratched. Monogram booklabel of J.H.P., bookplate of the Syston Park library, and later bookplate of C.E. De M. K., all to front pastedown. The Syston Park copy of Herodotus as edited by Thomas Gale (1635-1709), largely based on the Estienne editions and including Henri Estienne's Apologia pro Herodoto. "An excellent edition..." according to Dibdin, who enlists De Bure (No. 4739) in asserting "... to be greatly preferred to that of Gronovius...". Dibdin II, 21; ESTC R10164.   Ref: 53786  show full image..
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[Horace] Horatius Flaccus, Quintus: Ad lectiones probatiores diligenter emendatus, et interpunctione nova saepius illustratus. Editio quarta. Glasguae [Glasgow]: in aedibus academicis excudebant Robertus et Andreas Foulis, 1760. 4to, pp. [ii], xii, 307, [1]. Contemporary French red morocco, boards bordered with a triple gilt rule, spine divided by gilt rolls, orange morocco label, other compartments with central acorn tools and corner sprays all gilt, marbled endpapers, edges gilt. Corners a little worn (one more chipped) and several touched up with red dye, joints a touch rubbed and head of spine just slightly worn. Armorial bookplate with slogan 'Pro Republica' (Nicholson of Balrath, County Meath) above booklabel with the initials 'WRHJ' (i.e. Wynne Rice Hugh Jeudwine). The luxurious 'large-paper' quarto imposition - using the same setting of text as the octavo, and therefore capaciously-margined - of the fourth Foulis edition of Horace, following on from the 1744 'Immaculate' edition and reprints of 1750 and 1756 (the latter a medal-winning printing). The process of rearranging the frames has not gone entirely smoothly, with pages 20 (C2v) and 24 (C4v) swapped. This copy appears to have bounced around the British Isles and nearby points in Europe somewhat, having been bound in France not long after its printing in Scotland, and later belonging to collections in Ireland and England. Gaskell 383; ESTC T46249.   Ref: 53795  show full image..
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[Horace] Horatius Flaccus, Quintus: (Bentley, Richard, ed.:) [Opera] ex recensione & cum notis atque emendationibus Richardi Bentleii. Editio altera. Amstelaedami [Amsterdam]: Apud Rod. & Gerh. Wetstenios Hff. 1713. 4to., pp. [xxiv] 717, [i], 239, [i], including engraved frontispiece. Without half-title preceeding Book II at p.442 found in some copies. Title page in red and black with engraved device. Some toning (some gatherings more affected), occasional wax specks and light ink smudges, a few faint tidemarks to pp.661-4 and rear pages, marginal repair to index p.123. Contemporary vellum, raised bands, gilt spine, borders and centrepiece of The Hague to both boards, edges red. Soiled, some smudges, gilt fading, edges dusty. The second edition of Bentley's (in)famous edition of Horace, first printed at Cambridge in 1711, notable for his rash but inspired conjectures and emendations. "The Amsterdam editions of 1713 and 1728 are preferable to the Cambridge one of 1711. The notes and text are in the same page, and they are accompanied by the index of Treter, corrected by Verburgius" (Dibdin 104). Dibdin (4th edn.) II 101; Schweiger II 406; Bijker Riedel A140; Lowndes 1113: "The best edition."; Graesse III 354 (note); Brunet III 319 (note).   Ref: 48039 
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[Horace] Horatius Flaccus, Quintus: (Duncombe, J., et al., trans.:) The Works of Horace in English Verse With notes historical and critical. The second edition. To which are added, Many Imitations, now first published. London: Printed for B. White, T. Becket, P.A. De Hondt and W. Nicoll, 1767. Second, enlarged edition. 4 vols., 12mo. pp. [2], (xxxvi), 248; [6], (iv), 336; (iv), 248; [6], (iv), 295, [1], lacking first blanks as usual. With engraved titlepage vignettes. Minimal yellowing, the odd marginal spot, very light stain to lower outer corner of first gathering in vols 2 and 4. Full sheep, raised bands, spine gilt, gilt-lettered morocco label. Minor loss at head and foot of spines, joints a bit cracked but firm, corners a bit rubbed, couple of ancient stains. Bookplate of Robert J. Hayhurst to front pastedown of vol. 1. Fresh, clean set of this fascinating English translation of Horace. John Duncombe (1729-86), a clergyman, classicist and writer, published his translation in 2 vols in 1757. Like the first, this edition includes Horace's works in English, followed by brief notes with commentary, e.g., Duncombe's reflections on Dryden's translations. In addition, the second edition features 'imitations' of Horace's poetry written by 18th-century authors like Duncombe himself and William Hamilton of Bangour. The 'Monthly Review' reviewer, however much praise it had for Duncombe's translation, was unconvinced by his verse 'imitations', admitting however that others, like Hamilton's, were instead 'replete with the genuine spirit of poetry' (vol. 37, 1867). ESTC T52758; Lowndes 965.   Ref: 53144  show full image..
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[Horace] Horatius Flaccus, Quintus: (Henry Homer & Charles Combe, eds.:) Opera, cum variis lectionibus, notis variorum, et indice locupletissimo. Londini [London]: excudebant Gul. Browne, et Joh. Warren. et prostant venales apud T. Payne et J. E 1792, 1793. First edition thus. 2 vols., 4to, pp. [iv], xlix, [i], 646; [iv], 532, 196 + engraved portrait frontispiece (bound after title- page). Contemporary straight-grained red morocco, boards bordered with a pair of double gilt rules interlocking at the centre of each edge around a gilt oval, spines divided by double raised bands between and enclosing gilt rules, second and third compartments gilt-lettered direct, marbled endpapers, edges gilt. Frontispiece spotted and with a small dampstain to upper inside corner, also offset onto dedication leaf, a few gatherings spotted, two leaves with a small piece torn from blank edge. Spines lightly sunned, a bit of rubbing around the edges, a few small scrapes to boards. Milltown Park library stamp to dedication in vol. 1 and title-page in vol. 2 and their shelfmark label to front pastedowns, along with the William O'Brien bequest label and, in vol. 1, a gift inscription to initial blank giving the book to Alfred Walmsley, from his great uncle Richard Besley, a clipped catalogue description (for the large paper version) to verso of vol. 1 flyleaf. A very nicely bound copy of the luxurious regular-paper issue of Combe's Horace. The generous margins mean that it is often mistaken for the 25-copy large-paper issue, though that is even larger. This copy is nonetheless slightly taller than usual, preserving some deckle edges and with the leaves measuring 28.5cm tall while ESTC records the small-paper issue as 27.8cm (compared to the large- paper at 35cm). The project was originally conceived by the physician Charles Combe (1743-1817) together with the classical scholar Henry Homer (1752-1791), and had the patronage of the Earl of Mansfield (whose portrait is on the frontispiece), but Homer died before it was completed and Combe saw it through alone,. The result is a pleasing and well-edited edition, although the proof-reading was not the most careful and Combe was attacked in print by Homer's teacher, Samuel Parr, sparking a brief war of words. Watt: Bibliotheca Britannica I, p.513v; Dibdin II 116. ESTC T46149.   Ref: 53796  show full image..
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[Horace] Horatius Flaccus, Quintus: (Hurd, Richard, trans.:) Epistolae ad Pisones et Augustum: With an English Commentary and Notes. To which are added, two dissertations: the one, on the provinces of the several species of dramatic poetry; the other, on poetical imitation [...] the second edition, corrected and enlarged. London: Printed for W. Thurlbourne [...] and sold by R. Dodsley [...] J. Beecroft [...] and M. Coope 1753. 2 vols., 8vo, pp. [vi], xvi, 280, [2]; xv, [i], 231, [25]. Engraved headpiece at start of text in each vol. (one by C. Grignion after Hayman). Contemporary sprinkled calf, spines divided by raised bands between double gilt rules, red morocco labels, other compartments with central gilt tools. Marginal dampmark at rear of vol. 2, some minor marking elsewhere. Spines somewhat rubbed, a few scratches, small chip to head of vol. 2 spine and head of the rear board touched by damp. One of 750 copies of the second edition (first 1749, with a partial reprint in 1751). Richard Hurd (1720-1808) was a young priest moving in literary circles at the time of his classical work, and later rose to be bishop of Worcester. 'How many editions, translations, and imitations of Horace could the London public be expected to buy in any year? Hurd was the exception to such gloomy predictions, for his editions received critical acclaim and sold relatively well' (Eddy, 'Richard Hurd's Editions of Horace', Studies in Bibliography, vol. 48, p. 165). ESTC T46145.   Ref: 53234 
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[Horace] Horatius Flaccus, Quintus: (Wakefield, Gilbert, ed.:) Quae Supersunt, Recensuit et Notulis Instruxit Gilbertus Wakefield [...] London: Kearsley, 1794. 2 volumes bound as one. 8vo., pp. viii, 186, [viii]; [ii], 168, [x] + 4 plates, including engraved frontispiece to each volume. Errata slip bound in at rear. Plates a little toned with some slight transfer to adjacent pages but generally bright and clean. Contemporary vellum, gilt spine with gilt title label, delicate gilt border to each board, a.e.g., marbled endpapers. A little grubby but still a handsome copy. Bookplate of John Sparrow (1905-1992) to front paste-down. Sparrow was a barrister, essayist, bibliophile and for 25 years Warden of All Souls College, Oxford. 'A very elegant and correct edition, ornamented with plates; the type is clear and beautiful.' Dibdin. ESTC T46154; Dibdin (4th edn.) II 116   Ref: 51369  show full image..
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Josephus, Flavius: (Hudson, John; Havercamp, Sigebert, ed.:) Quae reperiri potuerunt, opera omnia Graece et Latine, cum notis & nova versione. [...] Amstelaedami, Lugd. Bat., Ultrajecti [Amsterdam, Leiden, Utrecht]: Apud R. & G. Wetstenios, Sam. Luc 1726. 2 vols., folio, pp. [viii] 28 [xxviii] 982; [ii] 520, 481 [lxiii] + additional engraved title to vol. I, 2 numismatic plates, and 1 folding chart. Half-title to each volume, vol. I title-page in red and black, parallel Greek and Latin texts, woodcut initials. Sporadic small inkspots and scorches, a few certain leaves lightly toned suggesting occasional use of inferior paper but generally bright within. Contemporary tan calf, rebacked with heavily gilt spines retained, 2 brown morocco labels to each spine. Title labels cracking with small losses, occasional light marks and scratches, small loss to headcap vol. II, vol. I corners fraying with the lower 2 slightly bumped. A handsome set. To each volume's front paste-down, the armorial bookplate of John Putland with '1730' added in sepia ink. In addition vol. I has a tiny note, '2 vols. coll. & perf. FCB, Jany. 1848', at the very top of the front paste-down, plus '2 vols. D.J.M.' to ffep. The date of the collational note implies that these volumes were purchased at the five-day sale of John Putland's library held by Charles Sharpe of Dublin in 1847, at which 1650 lots were auctioned on the instruction of Putland's grandson George. John Putland (1709-1773) obtained his bachelor's degree at Trinity College, Dublin in 1731 and became a Master of Divinity there in 1734, though he was never a minister. He was very active in the life of the city as member of the Spiritual Society, a patron of the arts investing particularly in theatres, and a Mason. He served as a magistrate in the 1740's, and later as High Sheriff for the Country of Dublin. Havercamp's folio edition of Josephus, a monumental summing of the then-current state of Josephan scholarship. Dibdin reminds us that although not the most accurate edition, "this work contains the readings of two MSS contained in the Leyden library, and some observations of Vossius and Cocceus found in the margin of a copy of the editio princeps". It also prints treatises on Josephus, including Daubuz on Josephus's passages relating to Christ.   Ref: 51323 
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