(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: 51825show full image..
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
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
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
[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: 50439show full image..
Dictys Cretensis: [Dares Phrygius:] [Joseph of Exeter:] (Smids, L., ed.:) De Bello et Excidio Trojanae, in usum Serenissimi Delphini [...] accedunt in hac nova editione notae variorum integrae; nec non Josephus Iscanus, cum notis Sam. Dresemii. Numismatibus & Gemmis, Historiam illustrantibus exornavit Lud. Smids, M.D. Dissertationem de Dictye Cretensi Amstelaedami [Amsterdam]: Apud Georgium Gallet, 1702. 8vo., pp. [lxxxiv], 177, [lxxv], 54, , 168, [viii], including 1 engraved frontispiece as part of the first gathering + 1 additional engraved frontispiece and 6 further plates. Includes final errata leaf. Title page in red and black, engraved head-pieces, woodcut decorations. Occasional light spotting, a few faint smudgy marks. Contemporary vellum, raised bands, title inked to spine, blind-tooled border, frame and centrepiece to each board, edges sprinkled blue and red. A little grubby, a few small marks to boards (possibly wax?), free endpapers very lightly toned at edges, very good overall. Small MS inscription of William R. Lyall to head of title-page. William Rowe Lyall (1788–1857) was Dean of Canterbury from 1845 until his death. He was the younger brother of Gerorge Lyall (1778/9–1853), MP for the City of London and chairman of the East India Company. The Delphin edition of three Latin poems on the Trojan war, by the pseudonymous authors 'Dictys of Crete' (4th-cent.) and 'Dares of Phrygia' (5th/6th-cent.), and by the English monk and crusader Joseph of Exeter (d.1224), they are evidence for the continuity of the Homeric legends through the Latin Middle Ages. Basing his edition of Dictys and Dares on Anne Dacier's Delphin edition of 1680, with notes also from an edition of Strassburg, 1691, the editor Ludolf Smids has added numismatic illustrations and his own commentary, and an essay by Jacobus Perizonius (1651-1715). The text and commentary for Joseph of Exeter are from an edition of Frankfurt, 1623 (cf. Schweiger). Schweiger II 332. Ref: 51906
Diderot, Denis: Mémoirs sur Différens Sujets de Mathématiques. Paris: chez Durand [...] Pissot [...], 1748. First edition. 8vo., pp. vi, [vi], 243, [i] + 7 folding plates. Title-page vignette, initials and headpieces, further illustrations in the text. A few page corners slightly creased, occasional light spots and marginal dampstains, small marginal scorchmark to leaf N8, Plate 5 with closed tear neatly repaired to verso. Contemporary mottled sheep, gilt spine with reddish title label, endcaps and corners neatly repaired, edges coloured red, marbled endpapers unobtrusively repaired at hinge. Spine and joints a bit worn, a few small stains and scrapes to boards, some minor dents to edges. A very good copy overall. Small monogram (initials possibly M and C) inked in an old hand to ffep verso. First edition copy of the scientific work of which Diderot (1713-1784) was most proud. Mémoirs sur Différens Sujets de Mathématiques contains his original ideas on acoustics, tension, and air resistance. He also describes "a project for a new organ" playable by all. The remarkable Lettre sur les aveugles à l'usage de ceux qui voient was published anonymously in Paris in June of the following year, and despite suppression by the authorities marked Diderot's introduction to the world one of its great original thinkers. Ref: 51835
Dionysius of Halicarnassus: (Birago, Lapo, trans; Glareanus, Henrich, ed.:) [..] Antiquitatum sive Originum Romanarum libri XI, à Lapo Birago Florentino Latine uersi, ac per Henricum Glareanum P.L. recogniti, ab innumerisq[ue] mendis repurgati, & illustrati Annotationibus. Adiuncta est per eundem chronologia temporum in Dionysii historia comprehensorum. Basileae [Basel]: Froben, 1532. 2 parts in 1. Folio (in 6s), pp. [viii], 539, [xli]; [xxxii]. Complete with the 32-page Chronologia, which is sometimes lacking. Woodcut devices of Froben to first and final leaves of both main text and Chronologia, woodcut initials. N2 mis-signed N3 as usual, with MS correction. Some contemporary marginalia and underlining in sepia ink, the very edges of some of the marginalia just trimmed. A few light dampstains to edges of title-page and next few leaves, worm trail to fore-edge margin from title-page to p.71 reemerging from p.303 to p.388, a few leaves toned (e.g. C4), sporadic foxing, small wax(?) blot to pp.408-9. Slightly later semi-limp vellum, title inked to spine. Spine a little creased and with one tiny round wormhole, vellum slightly crumpled near fore-edges, a few spots and smudges, both free endpapers seemingly excised. An inscription to the rear paste-down: 'Costo [two illegible words] otto per occasione fortunata oggi 3 Agosto 1859', with a signature (the surname possibly Gagliani) beneath. Beside this in a different hand, '1:3:80'. Colophon reads: 'Basilae in Officina Frobeniana per Hieronymum Frobenium ac Nicolaum Episcopium Anno M.D.XXXII mense Martio.' The first Froben edition, and the first edition produced by the Swiss humanist Heinrich Glareanus (1488-1563), based upon Lapo Birago's (d.1472) translation, with Glareanus' Annotationes and Chronologia. The true editio princeps (in Greek), produced by Robert Estienne, followed in 1546. 'Glareanus' scholarship on Dionysius was threefold. First he revised and corrected the editio princeps of the first Latin translation by the Florentine Lapo Biraghi (Treviso, 1480), introducing emendations in over six thousand places. Second, he clarified the text with some three hundred annotations of his own, although - as was his practice - he often left the final verdict to the reader: "me... annotasse autem locos trecentos, plus minus, ubi lectori breviter opinionem meam explico, relinquens frequentius illum suo iudicio." Third, Glareanus supplied the work with a choronological table similar to that added to his 1531 edition of Livy. [...] In addition to correcting the names of ancient persons, peoples, cities and so on, Glareanus also lingers over passages which in his eyes are corrupt or obscure. In such instances, he often points the finger of blame at Biraghi, who has rendered the source text into poor and faulty Latin. When trying to retrieve the original sense of the text, Glareanus frequently acknowledges his own ignorance, wishing that he had been able to look at the Greek manuscripts and urging his readers to do the same. It would seem that if Glareanus conducted a thorough recension of the Latin text of Dionysius of Halicarnassus, he did so on the basis of conjecture (ex ingenio) rather than through the collation of ancient codices.' (Crab, Exemplary Reading p.199). Adams D629; Schweiger I, 100 Ref: 52227
Drexel, Jeremias: Recta intentio omnium humanarum actionum amussis. [bound with:] Gymnasium Patientiae. Col. Agrippinae [Cologne]: Apud Corn. ab Egmund, 1634. 16mo., pp. [xiv] 416 [ii]; [xiv] 387 [iii] + engraved title pages in each book. Two further full-page engravings in the text of each book. The edge of first three leaves a bit creased. Contemporary vellum boards, long sides overlapping, spine lettered in ink, ties removed, somewhat soiled, pastedowns torn. Ownership inscription of Jacobus van Aker D'heysbroeck to f.f.e.p. recto and A. Domis (1802) to verso. Two works by the Jesuit writer Jeremias Drexel (or Drexelius, 1581-1638). The first has been called a prelude to his most famous work, the 'Heliotropum', while the second, the 'Gymnasium of Patience', comprises arguments for Christian acceptance of suffering. The imprint is usually considered to be false, with the books printed by Blaeu in Amsterdam. VD17 32:709942B; VD17 1:075296S. Ref: 29953
Dugdale, William: The Baronage of England, or An Historical Account of the Lives and Most Memorable Actions of Our English Nobility [...] London: Printed by Tho. Newcomb, for Abel Roper, John Martin, and Henry Herringman, 1675-6. First edition. 3 vols. in 2, folio. pp. [xii], 476, 497-790, [ii] + 5 folding plates; [viii], 312, 361-488, [iv] (pagination as called for). Title pages in red and black, a few woodcut initials. Each plate is a folding pedigree (Percy, Talbot, Clifford, Berkley and D'Arcie). A few neat marginal notes in both pencil and ink, all in old hands. A few occasional faint spots and smudges but generally bright within, a few small and unobstrusive paper repairs. 19th-century tan (or 'citron') polished calf, rebacked in a slightly lighter shade with raised bands, gilt, brown and tan morocco gilt title labels. Gilt borders and dentelles, a.e.g., marbled endpapers with reinforced cloth hinges. A few tiny scrapes to boards, very good copies overall. Housed in a tan cloth slipcase. Armorial bookplate of Gerald Gascoigne Lynde (1873-1938) to front paste-down of each volume. Directly below, a small label printed with the arms of William Amhurst Tyssen Amherst (1835–1909), created first Baron Amherst of Hackney in 1892. 'Collecting books and antiquities was Tyssen-Amhurst's chief interest, and he gathered a library rich in ecclesiastical history, especially of the Reformation and the Church of England, and in editions of the English Bible (of which his collection was inferior only to that of Lord Ashburnham). Equally strong was his interest in the history of the spread of printing, and historic bookbindings. He bought steadily from the 1860s, often in friendly rivalry with the earl of Carysfort, and had the benefit in the saleroom of the regular agency of Bernard Quaritch. His library included seventeen Caxtons, in its day one of the two or three best collections in private hands, and his early printed books illustrated the spread of typography in practically every European country. He was a member of the Roxburghe Club [...]. A detailed catalogue of Tyssen-Amherst's collection was in preparation by the distinguished bibliographer Seymour De Ricci, who gratefully recorded that he owed to Tyssen-Amherst's 'kind lessons in English bibliography … my own earliest interest in that difficult science'. However, owing to the dishonesty of Charles Cheston, the solicitor entrusted with the administration of Tyssen-Amherst's estate and trust funds, a sale of the library at Didlington proved urgently necessary. De Ricci's catalogue raisonné had to be reduced to a much abbreviated (though still substantial) hand-list, speedily produced for private circulation in 1906. A major sale by Sothebys was organized: its two sections commenced on 3 December 1908 and 24 March 1909, and the total realised was £32,592.' (ODNB) These volumes appear as item 1081 in De Ricci's Hand-List (described as 'very fine') and as Lot 303 in Sotheby's catalogue (a clipping from which is pasted to the ffep verso). Bound by the notable English bookbinder Francis Bedford (1799–1883), who was patronised by William Bentinck, 4th Duke of Portland and various other aristocratic book collectors who saw his 'antique' style as befitting the importance of their libraries. Bedford's Atheneum obituary notes the derivative nature of his style, but praises his high level of skill as a binder, restorer and repairer of books. "A history of the aristocracy and its deeds since Anglo-Saxon times, an immense work of genealogical scholarship derived from sound sources that retains its value to the present day [...] Editions of Dugdale's work continued to appear after his death as scholars polished and quarried his researches. His place in the annals of historical scholarship is an honourable one. His speciality was the retrieval of factual information relating to the great institutions of the middle ages: the monasteries, the legal system, and the aristocracy. The scale of his operations was greater than any previous endeavour, and its achievements were astonishing, especially in view of the disorder of the records from which he worked. " (ODNB). ESTC R16723, R225614; Wing D 2480; Brunet II 868; Lowndes 691; Moule CCLXXIV. Ref: 51874