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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: (Philippe de Pr?tot, ?tienne Andr?, ed.:) Carmina, Lutetiae Parisiorum [Paris]: J. Barbou, 1754. 12mo., pp.xxiv, 299, [i] + engraved frontispiece. Colophon reads "Typis vidu? Delatour". Very clean, tissue bound between frontis and title. Recent tan polished calf, spine heavily gilt, gilt borders to boards, marbled edges and endpapers. A few small marks and scratches, very good indeed. Ownership inscription of H.W. Moule to preliminary blank. ?tienne Andr? Philippe de Pr?tot (1710-1787) produced between 1747 and 1755 many editions of Latin classics for the Parisian publisher Antoine-Urbain Coustelier. He based this edition of Horace on the 1728 Parisian edition of Sanadon who, according to Dibdin, 'chiefly followed Bentley and Cunningham, especially the latter.' (Dibdin II, 107). Bound by Henderson and Bissett. Brunet III, 390.   Ref: 54129  show full image..
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Jackson, Richard: Literatura Graeca. Containing, I. The geography of antient Greece and its Islands. II. The History of Greece [...]. III. Potter's Antiquities of Greece, abridged [...]. To which is prefixed, an essay on the study of the Greek language [...]. Designed for the Use of Sch London: Printed for F. Newbery, 1769. First edition. 8vo, pp. xxxix, [ix], 196. Contemporary marbled sheep, spine divided by gilt rules, edges yellow. Lightly toned, a few minor spots. Rubbed, a touch of wear to spine ends and corners. A scarce schoolbook: ESTC locates four copies in the UK (BL, Cambridge x2, Oxford), plus half a dozen locations in North America. ESTC T113167; Roscoe J190A.   Ref: 54154  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-up 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. Dibdin (4th edn.) II 132. Schweiger I 177. Brunet III 569. Graesse III 480: "?dition la plus compl?te et la plus recherch?e".   Ref: 51323  show full image..
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Justinian I, Emperor of the East: Institutionum sive Elementorum, libri quatuor, Notis perpetuis multo, quam hucusque, diligentius illustrati, cura & studio Arnoldi Vinnii J.C. Amstelodami [Amsterdam]: Ex officina Elzeviriana, 1669. 12mo. [12], 643pp., [1], wanting two final blanks. Engraved title, decorated initials and ornaments. Title dusty, occasional spotting, small ink splash to fore-edge of one gathering. Contemporary vellum over boards, yapp edges, title inked to spine (modern). Covers rubbed. Ex-libris of J. Kirk inked to front pastedown and his stamp to lower margin of title; Latin motto and autograph T.(?) Young to flyleaf, [*]12 and A1. 'Fourth Elzevir edition' (Willems 1310). Willems 1310.   Ref: 53178  show full image..
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Justinian: (Corvinus, Arnoldus:) Institutiones D. Justiniani ss. Princ.: typis variae, rubris nucleum exhibentibus : accesserunt ex Digestis tituli de verborum significatione et regul. juris. Pariis [Paris]: Apud Guillelmum de Luyne, 1676 16mo, pp. [8], 391, [103], [2], including added engraved title, text in red and black. Light water stain to first and last few leaves. Contemporary full speckled calf, raised bands, spine gilt and gilt-lettered, edges sprinkled red, corners a little bumped, extremities minimally rubbed. Contemporary autograph Ja[cques?] Maule to verso of title, 'Monsieur' to verso of last blank. A fresh copy, in an attractive contemporary binding, of this pocket-size pirated edition of Justinian's legal milestone - printed in red and black. It reprises an edition of the same text printed by Daniel Elzevier in Amsterdam in the same year (Willems 1519), including the design of the engraved title, with a revised imprint.   Ref: 53556  show full image..
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Justinus, Marcus Junianus: (Graevius, Joannes Georgius, ed.:) Historiae Philippicae, [...] cum ejusdem Castigationibus. Editio Ultima prioribus correctior. Traiecti ad Rhenum [Utrecht]: typis Guilielmi van de Water, Guilielmi Broedelet, 1708. 8vo., pp. [xxiv], 414, [cxxxviii], including additional engraved title-page. Title-page in red and black with engraved vignette. Smudged ink underlining to author's name on p.1, closed marginal tear to p.265 not affecting text. Contemporary vellum, ink title in an old hand to spine, edges speckled blue. A little soiled with some smudges and spots, corners slightly bumped, evidence of beige paper or labels removed from both paste-downs, top edge dusted. Small illegible ownership inscription and separate initials to front endpapers. 'Graevius was the first man who, on the basis of the Aldine edition as reprinted by the Juntae, corrected the errors of Bongarsius, and formed the text of Justin by sober critical rules.' (Dibdin). One of the later editions Dibdin prefers, as it contains the additional notes of Faber (1615-72), Vorst (1623-76) and Scheffer (1621-79). Also appended are Bongar's Excerptiones Chronologicae, and the Prologi Historiarum Philippicarum Pompeii Trogi. Dibdin (4th edn.) II 139; Schweiger II, 491   Ref: 46576  show full image..
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