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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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[Juvenal] Juvenalis, Decimus Junius: Persius Flaccus, Aulus: Venice: Melchiorre Sessa & Pietro di Ravani, 1523. Small 8vo. (150 x 100mm), ff.80. Italic type, initial spaces with guide letters only. Light dampstaining to gutter margins, most apparent at front and rear where it spreads at head and tail, but diminishing towards centre; faint mark from a paperclip to the head margin of the first 2 leaves, necessitating a small, neat repair to the first; occasional light spots and smudges. 20th-century vellum, red morocco gilt title label to spine, endpapers renewed. A little very light shelf wear to edges, endpapers slightly foxed, a very good copy in a sympathetic modern binding. Colophon reads: 'Impressum Venetiis : Per Melchiorem Sessam & Petrum de Rauanis socios anno Domini M.D.xxiii. die 7 Februarii'. Printer's famous woodcut device of a cat with a mouse in its mouth, with initials M. S., to verso of final leaf (K8). Melchiorre Sessa (the elder) and Pietro di Ravandi were active together from 1516 to 1525. After their partnership ended both Sessa and Ravani continued to work separately. EDIT 16 49678; Graesse III, 519   Ref: 52196  show full image..
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Kilburne, Richard: A Topographie or Survey of the County of Kent. With Some Chronological, Historicall, and Other Matters Touching the Same: and the Several Parishes and Places therein. London: Thomas Mabb for Henry Atkinson [...], 1659. Small 4to. (177 x 135mm), pp. [viii], 422, [xii] + portrait frontispiece. Numerous errors in pagination as usual, list of Contents incorrectly bound before the dedication rather than after. Woodcut initials and head- and tail-pieces. Occasional light smudges and spots of foxing, a little toning along head of title-page, a smudge of red pigment to tail edge of final leaf perhaps indicating the original edge colour. Late 19th- or early 20th-century brown polished sheep neatly rebacked with original spine retained, gilt title and blind tooling to spine, blind-tooled borders to boards, edges marbled, grey endpapers. A little rubbed but a very good copy overall. Recent armorial bookplate of Robert Edmund Lloyd-Roberts to front paste-down. Two MS pencil notes to the ffep verso, the first concerning the placement of the list of Contents, the second recording that this book was 'acquired at the sale at Godmersham Park, the home of Mrs Robert Tritton. 8th June 1983.' Built in 1732 by Thomas May (later Knight), Godmersham Park was inherited by Edward Austen (brother of Jane Austen) in 1794. He was a cousin of the Knight family, who had adopted him in the early 1780s; when his adoptive mother died in 1812 he changed his name to Knight. Jane was a regular visitor to Godmersham Park and is said to have used the house as a model for Mansfield Park. The house passed through several more hands before being bought in 1935 by Robert Tritton and his wife Elsie, whose death in 1983 prompted the Christie's auction mentioned above.   Ref: 50494  show full image..
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Libanius: (Wolfius, J.C., ed.:) Epistolae. Quas nunc primum maximam partem e variis codicibus, manu exaratis, edidit, Latine convertit & notis illustravit. Amstelaedami [Amsterdam]: Apud Janssonio-Waesbergios. 1738. Editio princeps. Large folio, pp. [20], 865, [1], lacking final blank. With half-title, title page in red and black, engraved printer's device to title, double column in Greek and Latin. Half-title, title and a handful of other leaves slightly foxed, occasional toning. Contemporary Dutch vellum, traces of ties, gilt ruled to a panel design, gilt centrepieces with arms of Amsterdam, small gilt arms of Amsterdam to corners, raised bands, small gilt arms of Amsterdam to spine, title inked to spine, modern shelfmark label to upper cover. Corners a bit bumped. Modern stamp of Maastricht library to ffep. A sumptuously bound, large folio prize book - a clean and well-margined copy. The first collected printing of the letters of Libanius, the 4th-century AD rhetorician. More than 1500 of his letters survive, the largest extant collection from antiquity, and only brief selections had been previously edited. Wolf's magisterial volume not only prints as many as were known but also includes Latin translations for each letter; Smith called it 'the best edition' (Dict. Gr. & Rom. Bio.), and it is still cited in modern editions. Brunet III, 1050; Graesse IV, 195; Hoffman II; Spoelder, 493 (Amst. 12).   Ref: 53359  show full image..
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[Livy] Livius, Titus: (Gronovius, J.F., ed.:) Historiarum, Quod extat, cum perpetuis Gronovii et variorum notis. Amstelodami [Amsterdam], apud Ludovicum & Danielem Elzevirios [apud Danielem Elzevirium] 1665 [1664]. 3 vols, 8vo, pp. [48], 82, [76], with engrave title; pp. 842, [70]; pp. 997, [91]. Woodcut initials and ornaments. Slight browning, fore-edge a little dusty, occasional, minor mainly marginal spotting, I: traces of adhesive at gutter of title, lower outer blank corner of Y4 torn, II: title slightly adhering to ffep, III: small water stain to title, paper flaw to outer blank margin of A3 and lower outer corner of 2L4, small ink burn to lower blank margin of A4, last leaf glued at gutter to rear free endpaper. Contemporary vellum, marbled endpapers, title inked to spine, all edges sprinkled red. Extremities a bit soiled, vol. I rebacked in modern vellum. 19th-century armorial bookplate of William Orme Foster. The second edition but the third printing of the Gronovius Livy (the first edition of 1645 had been reprinted in 1653-4). The editions of Livy by J. F. Gronovius (1611-1671) have been considered to "mark an epoch" (Sandys) in the study of that historian. "The text of Livy had never before appeared in so small a space. [...] for purpose of immediate reference, it was surely a desirable acquisition" (Dibdin). This is the last of these editions in Gronovius's lifetime, though his son Jacob, also a classical scholar, would see a further edition through the press in the late 1670s. William Orme Foster (1814-99) was a coalmaster, industrialist and politician. Dibdin (4th edn.) II 167-8. Schweiger II 534. Willems 1358.   Ref: 53350  show full image..
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Lucian of Samasota: (Mayne, Jasper, trans.:) Part of Lucian Made English from the Originall. In the Yeare 1638. Oxford: R. Davies, 1664. FIRST PART ONLY. 1st edition 2nd issue, folio, pp. [xvi], 398, [iv] + portrait frontispiece of Lucian signed: W: Faithhorne sculpsit.. As usual pp.162-167 and pp.316-317 are misnumbered as 182-187 and 306, 311 respectively. Woodcut device to title-page, woodcut initials and head- and tail-pieces. Some old repairs to frontis at gutter, to title-page verso (particularly head and tail edges) plus a few other places e.g. head of first dedicatory leaf, M1, Z1, and some other smaller repairs; small worm trail to bottom corner of fore-edge margin roughly pp.202-281, repaired in some places; light browning and possible dampstaining to head and tail edges near front and rear; occasional wax spots and tiny scorch holes, final blank leaf laid down.. Contemporary speckled calf boards neatly rebacked in polished sheep, raised bands and morocco gilt label to spine, blind-tooled borders, edges sprinkled red, endpapers replaced. Endcaps, raised bands and joints rubbed, a little chipping to edges, corners worn, a few light scuffs and scrapes. A good copy, soundly repaired. To the front paste-down: small book label of Charles Whibley. To frontispiece verso: various pen trials and doodled faces, plus inscriptions of Thos. Hartopp and Elizabeth Mallory 'Her Booke, 1694'. To title-page recto: two more inscriptions of Tho. Hartopp, and one of Ralph Welles. To final blank: another inscription of Elizabeth Mallory dated 1694 and another (seemingly in the same handwriting) of Elizabeth Welles; in the same hand a quotation, 'One moment gives Invention to Destroy / What to Rebuild would A whole Age Imploy'. This comes from William Congreve's play The Double-Dealer, which was first produced at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in November or December of 1693 and first appeared in print the following year. There are also what appear to be faded signatures on the leather of the lower board, though these are illegible. This version, with its title-page dated 1664, seems to be a reissue of the original 1663 first (the title-page of the first issue is dated 1663 and there is no portrait). The second part of the work is not found here; titled "Certain select dialogues of Lucian: together with his true history, translated from the Greek into English. By Mr. Francis Hickes", it has separate pagination, register, and title page with the imprint "printed for Richard Davis,... 1663". It appears that it was also issued separately (Wing L3425). ESTC R23081; Wing L3435   Ref: 52318  show full image..
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Lucretius Carus, Titus: (Creech, Thomas, ed.:) De Rerum Natura libri sex: Ex editione Thomae Creech. Glasguae [Glasgow]: in aedibus academicis excudebant Robertus et Andreas Foulis, 1759. 8vo, pp. xvi, 269, [1]. Contemporary calf. A touch of minor soiling. Plainly rebacked, old leather a bit darkened and scuffed, hinges neatly relined. Early ownership inscription to flyleaf. The octavo, 'small paper' imposition of the second Foulis edition of Lucretius. Gordon 18A; Gaskell 370; ESTC T50370.   Ref: 53797  show full image..
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Lysias: (Taylor, John, ed.:) Orationes et Fragmenta. Graece et Latine. Ad fidem Codd. Manuscriptorem recensuit, [...] Londini [London]: Ex Officina Gulielmi Bowyer, 1739. 2 vols. in 1, 4to., pp. [viii], xc, 528, [ii], 431-722, [xxvi] (with errors in pagination as usual). Greek and Latin. Leaf Fff4 (ie. pp.415-6) in this copy is the cancelland, showing the original number '39' in the first line of text. A few large, engraved head-pieces, occasional woodcut decorations. Two preliminary blanks a little loose at tail edge, first few leaves slightly creased. Contemporary vellum, raised bands and inked title to spine, all edges coloured red, marbled endpapers. Upper joint starting to split at head and tail, upper board a bit bowed, a little grubby. A very good, large paper copy. 19th-century armorial bookplate of Sir John Trollope to front paste-down. One of only 100 copies printed on large paper. According to Bowyer's records, 300 copies were printed on Genoa demy, 75 on royal, and 25 on writing royal. "Beautifully and correctly printed by the celebrated Bowyer. This is an incomparable edition, and hardly exceeded by any which this country can boast of" (Dibdin). ESTC T106443; Schweiger I 202; Dibdin (4th edn.) II 213; Brunet III 1257; Graesse IV 314.   Ref: 51885  show full image..
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Madox, Thomas: Baronia Anglica. An History of Land-Honors and Baronies, and of Tenure in Capite. Verified by Records. (Bound before) A Compleat Index to Mr Madox's History of the Exchequer. London: Printed for Robert Gosling 1736; 1741. First editions. Folio, 2 works in 1, pp. [2], 292 [xxviii]; [216], title of second is a cancel (second issue), engraved vignette to first title, a few large engraved initials and engraved headpieces. First title and verso of last leaf a little dusty, slight toning, small clean tear at gutter of one leaf, occasional very slight marginal spotting. Modern half calf over marbled boards, modern endpapers. Modern ex-libris of Robert Smith, dated 2008 to ffep; early biographical annotation on author; occasional early marginalia. The first edition, posthumously published, of this study by the celebrated legal antiquary Thomas Madox (1666-1727), who was historiographer-royal from 1714, and who is singled out by David C. Douglas ('English Scholars 1660-1730') for special praise, with the assessment (p. 243) that "even to-day, he seems to move among the moderns as if, apart from the immensity of his productions, he were one of themselves". The 'Index' was prepared by the editor of 'Baronia Britannica', and first issued with that work in 1741. It is a detailed glossary of the uncommon words used in Madox's 'History of the Exchequer', with which it was reprinted in 1769. The 'Index' title reads at the top: 'This Day is Published, (Price Half a Guinea, Sewed,).' ESTC T97064. Lowndes 1448. Brunet III 1289. Graesse IV 332.   Ref: 53550  show full image..
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